Thursday, July 5, 2012
Poll: Who will bounce back from injury?
By Chris Low
More than a few of the SEC's top players missed a large portion of last season with injuries.
The SEC's leading rusher among running backs in 2010, Arkansas' Knile Davis, missed the entire season a year ago after fracturing his ankle in the preseason.
All eyes will be on Davis this season as he tries to bounce back. He's made a career of coming back from injuries, and the reports out of Fayetteville are that he looks as good as new.
That brings us to the obvious question: Who among those players who suffered an injury last season will be the SEC's top bounce-back player in 2012?
Davis is as good a candidate as any, but South Carolina star running back Marcus Lattimore is also coming off a serious knee injury from last season. Lattimore has scored 30 touchdowns in 20 career games.
Three other candidates we've listed in our SportsNation poll are also excellent bets to come back strong in 2012.
Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley tore his ACL in the regular-season finale against Florida State last season. Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter tore his ACL the third week of the season against Florida, while Texas A&M running back Christine Michael was on his way to a 1,000-yard season before tearing up his knee and missing the final three games.
Tell us who will bounce back the best in 2012, and we'll reveal the results early next week. This ought to be a tight race.