Thursday, July 09, 2009

Good news, everyone



So this past spring, Trooper Taylor didn't make much of a secret of the fact he wasn't totally enamored with the wideouts he'd been left from the previous regime. With Montez Billings out, Frenchy Pierre-Louis hobbled, Quindarius Carr getting compared to a limo panne d'essence*, and various other nagging injuries limiting Taylor's charges, Tim Hawthorne wound up just about the only wideout to receive consistent praise from their new position coach. It seemed likely that with Billings playing catch-up and DeAngelo Benton and Emory Blake coming in as true freshmen, talented as they might be, the safest bet for Auburn's No. 1 receiver in 2009 would be Hawthorne.

Naturally, Hawthorne broke his foot today and will be out at least four weeks but--knowing the tricky nature of foot injuries--quite possibly more. It seems likely he'll miss the beginning of fall camp at the very least, and if the injury robs him of the deep speed (such as it is) that's his best asset in this offense, possibly more.

It could be worse, as Aairon Savage would be happy to tell you. But it's sure ain't good, either.

*Milles Bornes reference is FTW, right?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Being from Birmingham, I've been a Hawthorne fan from day 1. And you can't deny that number 13. Still waiting for someone to start selling #13 AU jerseys. So, all that to say, why the hell the sarcastic "good news" title. I mean, I was really thinking that my boy had finally made it. Made what, I'm not sure, especially this time of year...but still. Damn, this sucks.
-WT3

easyedwin said...

Out of gas. Played many amille bourne game. Out of gas is better than a flat tire!!

Todd Jones said...

1) Please tell me your headline is a Prof. Farnsworth reference.

2) That sucks for Hawthorne. As a fellow Homewood Patriot I always secretly rooted for him even after he chose Auburn and was always kind of disappointed that he hasn't made more of an impact yet.

Jerry Hinnen said...

WT3, you're right, it's a bitterly sarcastic title ... meant to emphasize how bad the news is. It's obviously not good news at all. Like you, I expected this year to finally be something of a coming-out party for Hawthorne--I do think he's got more talent than a Billings or Carr--and this throws that into doubt, which is a shame.

Easy Ed: CREVE'!

Jerry Hinnen said...

And yes, Todd's right, the line is borrowed from Futurama.

bovinekid said...

At least you don't say it every 30 seconds like Reed. He does have that t-shirt that is pretty awesome, though.

Marcus said...

Man, Tim just can't catch a break. First the car crash that killed his friend, then didn't he break an arm or something? Now this.

jrsuicide said...

Man, Season Of Death Part 1 was shitty enough...why are they trying to make a sequel?

J.D. said...

Sequels are always worse than the original