UVA's Mikell Simpson Out for the Year
What I didn't know is that it would extend to other facets of my rooting interests. As if Virginia giving Miami an early Christmas (or belated one vis a vis a trip to the ACC championship/Orange Bowl) wasn't bad enough, Matt Stafford gave all those Lions/Chiefs fans out there an awesome preview of what to expect from dude when the chips are down. But I digress.
Back to Virginia, it looks like Mikell Simpson, arguably the guy who saved the 2007 season, will be out for the rest of the year after suffering a shoulder injury at the end of the third quarter. On the one hand, Simpson has rarely found the form he showed in 2007- he often looks hesitant at the line and has not been as much of a factor in the passing game. Moreover, Cedric Peerman has been getting the majority of the carries (Simpson was forced into service after Peerman suffered a season-ender), but he's also injury-prone. With the possible exception of 2006, Virginia has tended to find someone who can fill a tailback void in a pinch, so Raynard Horne gets the next man up nod in the event that God forsakes Soul Brother Peerman.