Injuries Already Making Impact Around College Football

The 2019 college football season is just under three weeks away from kicking off, but already some teams are having to deal with injuries that may keep players out for extended periods or possibly all season.

Here’s a look at just a few of the injury troubles being faced across the country:

Annexstad Sidelined

Minnesota is going to be without sophomore quarterback Zack Annexstad for an indefinite period after he suffered a foot injury during practice on Friday.

“Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, and we feel terrible for Zack,” Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said in a statement from the football team released on Saturday.

Annexstad threw for 1,277 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018 as a walk-on freshman. He was the starter under center for the Golden Gophers in the first seven games of the season before he was sidelined with injuries.

Annexstad was battling sophomore Tanner Morgan for the starting job at quarterback.

“Towards the end of practice, non-contact injury, Zack threw a ball, felt a pop in his foot, just like that,” Fleck said. “It’s ‘indefinitely’ because there’s a time frame that it could fit in that he could come back. We’re still gaining a lot of information. But it’s a serious injury.”

Horned Frogs Lose Kicker

TCU kicker Cole Bunce could possibly be out for the season after he was knocked off a motorized scooter during a traffic accident Thursday.

Coach Gary Patterson announced to reporters on Saturday that Bunce had emergency surgery following the accident. He didn’t provide any specifics on the injuries Bunce suffered.

“I don’t think he’ll be able to play for the rest of the year,” Patterson said. “Sometimes you have luck, and sometimes you have no luck at all.”

Police reports say Bunce was driving a scooter around 10 am ET on Thursday when a car turned left in front of him while attempting to pull into a driveway. Bunce, 20, was knocked off his scooter and transported to a hospital by ambulance.

Bunce, a senior, was the team’s primary kickoff specialist a year ago, going 12-for-12 on extra points and 4-for-9 on field-goal attempts. He was expected to continue to handle kickoff duties for the Horned Frogs as well as be an option for long field goals.

Trojans Lineman Returns

One good story as far as injuries is the return of Austin Jackson to USC practice recently. Jackson was out because he donated bone marrow to his younger sister, Autumn, last month.

Autumn Jackson has Diamond-Blackfan anemia, a genetic condition that causes bone marrow to not produce blood cells, but Austin Jackson said the transplant seems to be working.

Jackson waited for a few months at home in Phoenix for doctors to clear his sister for the procedure. After he had the bone marrow extracted from his pelvic bone, he was restricted in movement for 10 days. He wasn’t able to resume training for the upcoming season for another two or three weeks.

Jackson, a junior, participated in part of the Trojans’ opening practice on Friday. USC coach Clay Helton has said he’s going to be cautious with Jackson in the early going. Jackson is expected to start at left tackle for the second straight season after getting 12 starts a season ago.