Broken Arm, Broken Dreams
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Top 100 Moments of 2010
#94: Stephens Goes Down
Unfortunately today’s moment was not only a bad one for the 2010 Lions, it may have been the worst single moment of the season.
Just a few seconds in to the fourth quarter, Fordham’s Patrick Murray boomed a punt 68 yards in the air that Mike Stephens had to backtrack to field just at the Columbia goal line.
That’s where Stephens was slammed by the Rams’ Joseph Sullivan.
It was a horrific collision.
And anyone who saw Stephens writhing in pain knew he was seriously injured.
In fact, he had broken his arm.
Stephens’ season was over.
It’s hard to quantify exactly what losing Stephens, a co-captain and the #1 receiver, meant for the Lions in 2010.
TE Andrew Kennedy did a lot to fill the void. He ended the season with a healthy 50 receptions and nine TD’s.
But for a Columbia team that was already facing its first post-Austin Knowlin year, losing Stephens was just a bit too much to bear.
One positive result was that DB-turned-WR Kurt Williams got a better chance to shine in his first year with the offense. He ended up catching 27 passes for 400 yards and two TD’s.
But losing Stephens, who came into the fall with a super-pumped up frame and an even more pumped-up attitude, was devastating and we’ll never know just how much better 2010 could have been with him.
Luckily, Mike will be back for this fall thanks to the medical redshirt rule.
And since he didn’t suffer a leg injury, I expect his elusiveness and quickness to be better than ever in 2011.