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Injury history plagues Irish's would-be game-changer

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08:19 AM ET 04.08 | Amir Carlisle pretty much has it all, except, it seems, his health -- a question that has shifted from Lane Kiffin to Brian Kelly. The questions about [Carlisle] are as intriguing as his promise. When the 5-foot-10, 185-pound redshirt sophomore-to-be is injury-free, he looks like a player that can amplify, if not transform, any offense. But in the four semesters since he graduated from King's Academy in Sunnyvale, Calif., Carlisle has missed 17 of the 25 games for which he was eligible. ... [Eight days after March 26 surgery to repair a broken collarbone], Carlisle was back at practice, taking hand-offs in a non-contact setting. And Saturday, he was catching passes from a JUGS machine.

South Bend Tribune

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April 8, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Apparantly, I'm the only one up and around this fine morning. I can't stay, got things to do. You all have a nice day.

April 8, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Apparantly, I'm the only one up and around this fine morning. I can't stay, got things to do. You all have a nice day.

Yep, looks like everybody is busy on Monday morning. Or getting some sleep to better enjoy tonight's game...?

April 8, 2013  10:18 AM ET

Game changer??? Always thought he was solid, but never saw him as a game changer.

April 8, 2013  11:13 AM ET

5'10" and 185 lbs is not very big for a "game changer." (Those of you old enough to remember Johnny Rodgers at Nebraska might disagree however)...

April 8, 2013  02:10 PM ET
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5'10" and 185 lbs is not very big for a "game changer." (Those of you old enough to remember Johnny Rodgers at Nebraska might disagree however)...

Johny the Jet was a game changer for sure but he was a Saturday player only, his pro career was a bust, but there a still plenty of smaller guys that can make it happen in college and the pros, look at Danny Woodhead, he's only 5'8" Wes Welker is 5'9"...

April 8, 2013  02:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

5'10" and 185 lbs is not very big for a "game changer." (Those of you old enough to remember Johnny Rodgers at Nebraska might disagree however)...

Actually 5'10"185 pounds, isn't all that small for a RB in college football.

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April 8, 2013  04:12 PM ET

That's why you recruit depth.
Young guys get injured and it's next man up!

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