The number one story line all week was about the movement of true freshman Stephen Hogan from wide receiver to quarterback and the battle for the No. 3 signal caller behind red-shirt juniors Ryan Aplin and Phillip Butterfield.
How quick things change.
The old saying that your No. 2 quarterback is only a play away from playing. How true this was during Arkansas State's first scrimmage of fall camp.
Butterfield appears to have suffered a torn ACL in Saturday’s scrimmage and according to Head Coach Hugh Freeze is likely out for the season.
Now the battle for No. 3 becomes a battle for No. 2 and the backup and heir apparent to Aplin.
Injuries continued to plaque the Red Wolves after the Butterfield incident and today’s scrimmage was called off early after offensive lineman Eric Allen was taken off the field on a backboard and in an ambulance due to precautionary measures after substaining a back or neck injury.
Freeze went into the locker room to attend to his team, who spent a lot of time praying for their fallen team mates. He returned to address the media.
“It’s gut wrenching,” Freeze said. “I think Eric is ok, with a neck injury you take every precaution, he had good movement in his arm and legs.I hope thats all that is. Butterfield is the most devastating, looks like he has torn his ACL, that will be a blow to us.”
Butterfield had a good scrimmage up to the injury and Freeze had plan to have a package in the offense especially for him.
“I love him,” Freeze said. “He loves this team. We were going to have a different package for him to get him on the field. He added another dimension to us. You felt a lot better when you had him and Aplin. What was the worst thing was to walk in that locker room and see him hurting as bad as he is.”
Freeze realizes his team isn’t the only one dealing with devastating injuries.
“This is life, this is what life brings us, we have to help ourselves, it will be a restless night for me,” Freeze said. “Worrying about the hurt he is going through. We aren’t the first to go through this and we won’t be the last. Our coaches will have to continue with confidence that we can get it done.”