Injuries are an unfortunate yet inevitable part of any college football season, but that doesn’t mean they don’t suck. Horribly. When great players primed for big seasons get hurt early into the campaign, it really sucks. Such is the case for Nebraska wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El and LSU safety Jalen Mills.
Nebraska head coach Mike Riley announced De’Mornay Pierson-El’s foot injury to reporters Wednesday.
— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) August 19, 2015
Earlier this month on this very site, I compared Pierson-El’s potential under Riley to that of former Riley pupil Brandin Cooks. BTN spotlighted the Nebraska receiver last week with the tag “this guy is going to be special.”
"Just become more of a wideout." – De'Mornay Pierson-El, on 2015 goals. This guy is going to be special. http://t.co/Da4tgsqPGf
— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) August 12, 2015
Jalen Mills’ leg injury is not yet confirmed by Tigers head coach Les Miles, but multiple sources including The Advocate are reporting the safety could miss a few games. Among those is a key road trip to Mississippi State, which could go a long way in determining if LSU is a legit SEC contender or destined for mediocrity in the deep West division.
Preseason injuries vary in severity — at Notre Dame, Jarron Jones is gone for the season, but three, starting offensive linemen dinged up at UCLA appear to be OK.
UCLA loses three offensive linemen to injury during practice Monday http://t.co/LSPAlkP4m8
— Chris Dufresne (@DufresneLATimes) August 18, 2015
— chris foster (@cfosterlatimes) August 19, 2015
Any time these occur, one can only hope the seriousness falls more on UCLA’s end. Both the Fighting Irish and Bruins experienced the challenges of mounting injuries last year; Notre Dame’s defense struggled mightly amid a series of them last November, while the UCLA front five has been ravaged each of the last two falls.
Here’s to a speedy recover for both De’Mornay Pierson-El and Jalen Mills.