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BRC Preseason Injury Report

August 13, 2009

Its the middle of August. Temperatures in Northern Wisconsin are climbing into the 90s (above zero). And high school football’s first week of practice is already generating some storylines.

In this injury report, two returning starters in the BRC will have to watch the entire 2009 season from the sideline and another will be taking it easy at practice but hopes to play through the pain for the upcoming season.

Marty Herum- River Falls QB/DB/K/P

When you have a running back that averages over eight yards per carry. Things are pretty simple for a head coach. As the great Dick Vitale would say, “Just give that man the ball baby!”

That was the case for the River Falls Wildcats the past two seasons with star running back Levi Johnson in the backfield. However, now that Johnson and leading receiver Sean Gilbert have graduated, the Wildcats seem to have a few question marks to answer before the 2009 season.

Not all seemed to be lost as Marty Herum, a two way starter at both quarterback and defensive back, appeared to be the key returner in helping to revive the River Falls offense. Herum had been an effective passer last season, throwing for 832 yards and seven touchdowns.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Herum, a 1st Team All-BRC Infielder in the spring, slid awkwardly into third base in a summer baseball game. Herum slid towards the bag but his cleat caught before the base causing Herum to slide right over his ankle. The diagnosis is bad news for River Falls.

“I wont be suiting up this year. The screws are scheduled to come out in early September and then at least 2 months of therapy until it starts to get strong again,” Herum said.

Herum believes that Senior Mark Bennett and Junior Lucas Weiss are the front-runners for the quarterback position this season.

“I do hope to be on the sidelines helping but I also will have to get ready for basketball and baseball so I wont be at practice,” Herum said.

Herum says that he will be ready to go for basketball season. He averaged 8 points a game for the Wildcats last season.

Cole Schorr- Superior OL/LB

Leading up to the 2009 season, a lot of the focus on the Superior Spartans football team has been surrounding the skills positions. After losing three-year starters QB Joe Reichert and RB/DB/K Chris Blake to graduation (both are now playing at UMD), it seemed as those would be the two biggest holes to fill for the 2009 squad. However, looking at the Spartan offense last year the Spartans biggest concern may be finding and teaching an entirely new offensive line. The Spartans lost four of five starters on the offensive line to graduation, including All-BRC First Teamers Jordan Cummings and Al DeMeyer.

The Spartans only returning starter, Junior Cole Schorr, had been thought to be a key returner that may have seen some time not only the offensive line but also at fullback and linebacker. The news broke on July 28 via crackerjack31 on the Wissports Forum of Schorr breaking his fibula at the Spartan’s preseason camp. Schorr confirmed to me that he had in fact fractured his fibula and received three screws and 13 staples in his leg following surgery on Thursday, July 30. Due to the injury, Schorr will miss the entire 2009 season.

“I will have a boot on that stops just before my knee and the doctor says I should be able to walk on it starting September 10,” Schorr said.

Once he is able to walk on it, Schorr will need to wear the boot for another two months before an examination to see if he will need rehabilitation.

Rehab is a word that Schorr knows all too well. In his first wrestling match this year, Schorr dislocated his shoulder in the first minute of his match. That put Schorr on the shelf until January 8 when he made his comeback only to tear his Labrum again in the opening seconds of the match. Schorr had surgery in March and felt “ready to go” for the beginning of camp and the 2009 season.

Schorr was a part of an offensive line last season that cleared the way for over 2,000 yards rushing. Also, Schorr had five tackles as a reserve linebacker and on special teams.

Chas Larson- Hudson DL

Going into the 2009 season, one of the most experienced lines in the BRC appears to be the defensive line of Hudson. Losing many key players on defense including All-BRC First Team DL Seth Stanchik to graduation, the Raiders will be leaning heavily on their three returners on the defensive line, Ethan Dinaeur, Ryan Weiler and Chas Larson.

Hudson escaped a scare just last week as Larson suffered a wrist injury while rounding third base in a game for the Hudson 19U team. Larson did indeed break his wrist, but will be able to play without having to use a large cast, or club, that usually comes with a hand or wrist injury.

“I’ll be wearing the brace all year just to be safe but it shouldn’t affect my playing at all, and I’m going easy for two a days to let it heal as much as possible before the season gets under way. During practice I’ve been just conditioning and doing other non contact drills,” Larson said.

Larson had two sacks for the Raiders last season and is a member of the 2009 BRCFootball.com Preseason Team.

Profile:

Name (First and Last): Chas Larson
Height: 6’2
Weight: 195
High School Position: LB/DE/DT
Potential College Position(s): LB/DE
Football Honors/Awards: 2008 Academic All-BRC, 2009 Team Captain, Three Year Varsity Letter winner
40 Yard Dash time: 4.85 (laser timed)
Bench Press Max: 285 lbs.
Parallel Squat Max: 415 lbs.

Dan Tracy

BRCFootball.com

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