This Post May Disappear
(Credit: Columbia University Athletics)
I am starting to find credibility in the tips I'm getting about Lion QB Craig Hormann possibly tearing his ACL last week. Further, it's also being said that he had surgery today and could/should be recovered in time for training camp in late August.
Where to begin? Well, I want to make it clear that this post and all traces of it will be erased if it turns out this is not true. If this were an actual newspaper or commercial website, I would still not publish these rumors... but since no one could possibly think I mean Mr. Hormann any harm, I'm going to discuss this report for now.
First let's talk medicine. Here's a quick look
at what a torn ACL is and a little about treatment/recovery.
M.A. Olawale (Credit: Columbia University Athletics)
If this is a true story, it's a scary one because we all know how depth is not one of Columbia's strong suits. Rising sophomore QB M.A. Olawale has a lot of talent and speed, but his abilities as a passer are far from 100% established. If Hormann is healthy next season, Olawale may be much more valuable at another position.
The other option is transfer QB Shane Kelly, a rising sophomore from Temple. Kelly is a completely unknown quantity at this point, (in fact he may not be 100% enrolled or pre-enrolled at Columbia yet). It would be impossible to handicap the Lions upcoming season very well if he were thrust into the starting spot.
On the bright side, Hormann was not a running threat and even a somewhat gimpy ACL may not be all that noticeable for a guy whose best talents are in his arms and his ability to avoid throwing interceptions . On the other hand, an injury like this has to affect the way a guy throws the ball at least indirectly. So hopefully, the recovery will be quick and complete.
On the dark side, Hormann was just beginning to show his true potential under offensive coordinator Vinny Marino's admittedly complex system. I shudder to think how long it might take Olawale or Kelly or anyone else to get to the point where Hormann is mentally with this offensive scheme. If Hormann can't play, CU's scoring problems from last year may multiply in 2007.
It wouldn't be football without a little adversity. And it wouldn't be Columbia football without a lot of adversity. For those of you new to this blog... welcome to Columbia football!