Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/25/12

Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

Initially thought to be out the entire 2012 season after tearing his ACL in offseason workouts, there was a rumor that Richardson could be back in time for the Buffs season opener against in-state rival Colorado St. Well those rumors have all but been shut down by Coach Jon Embree who said that Richardson likely won’t be back until at least Week 3, if not longer. Shame too, as Richardson is a dynamic talent that could help an anemic passing attack.

Barkley Hill, RB, Iowa

As if the Hawkeyes running back depth could get any weaker. Hill, a true freshman that was expected to get immediate touches out of the backfield, was lost for the season after tearing his ACL. With the amount of turmoil that has gone on with Iowa running backs this offseason, it wasn’t a longshot for Hill to assume the starting position in just his first year. Greg Garmon and Damon Bullock will now share carries.

Tyshon Goode, WR, Kent State

Early in August, Goode suffered a hamstring pull that continues to limit him in practices. His status for the season opener is still in doubt as he continues to recover from the injury. Senior Eric Adeyemi is next in line and is a big-bodied receiver that transferred from Kentucky in 2010.

Garry Gilliam, TE/Shawney Kersey, WR, Penn State

With the amount of departures that the Nittany Lions have suffered on offense, the team can ill-afford to lose any other playmakers. Gilliam suffered a quad injury that limited him in a team practice, but should be ready to start at tight end in Week 1. Kersey, on the other hand, did not dress because of an ankle injury. His status is more in doubt, but also is expected to be ready for game action. He is projected to start in the slot.

Shon Carson/Brandon Wilds, RB, South Carolina

It’s not a terrible thing when a team has to rely on a Heisman candidate more than usual. But when that player (Lattimore) is coming off an injury, the team would like to have an insurance policy just in case. Well, both insurance options suffered injuries that could put their seasons in doubt. Wilds, the primary backup, sprained his ankle and could miss at least the season opener. Carson’s injury is a bit more serious. The redshirt frosh broke his wrist, and it will require surgery. His status for the season is questionable as he will be out indefinitely.

Orleans Darkwa, RB, Tulane

While Darkwa will almost assuredly be ready to start Week 1 for Tulane when they take on Rutgers, it is important to note that he has been sidelined for much of fall practices with a high ankle sprain. The stud RB is not expected to miss any game action, but it is questionable what kind of game shape he will be in. If Darkwa did miss any time, talented backups Robert Kelley and Dante Butler would seamlessly step in.

Neil Basford, TE, Wake

A devastating blow to the Deacons’ passing offense as Basford tore his Achilles during practice and will be out for the remainder of the season. The junior was expected to start at tight end, and be an integral part of the passing attack. Spencer Bishop and Anthony Rook are the two most likely candidates to fill in his spot.

Alec Lemon, Adrian Flemming, WR, Syracuse

This is bad news for a team looking for an identity on offense. Lemon, the team’s leading receiver last season, has been extremely limited in practices of late as he is dealing with a minor leg injury. His status for the opener remains in doubt. Flemming’s injury looks a bit more serious as he suffered a bad ankle injury that required help off of the field. His status is unknown, but Flemming was impressing a great deal during camp. Senior Marcus Sales and sophomore Jarrod West will be the candidates to start with these two receivers sidelined. 



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