Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Nick Hirschman will miss spring football after breaking his foot again -- and not the foot he broke last year that caused him to require offseason surgery. So, yes, right after having surgery on one broken foot, he broke the other. Nothing is fair, and life is terrible.
Hirschman appeared in six games as a freshman in 2011, throwing 35 times for 5.5 yards a pop. He played the bulk of Colorado's game against the Oregon Ducks, going eight-for-18 as the Buffs got trampled.
With Tyler Hansen moving on, Hirschman was in line to compete with Texas Longhorns transfer and fellow sophomore Connor Wood for playing time. How close was the competition heading into Saturday's start of practice? Why, excellent Colorado blog Ralphie Report had written about the battle just a day earlier, describing it as too close to call.
Head coach Jon Embree says there will still be a camp battle, even if Wood is the clear No. 1 now:
"There still will be competition," Embree said. "It just has to take place in (August) camp.
"The position still remains our top priority. The only real difference now is that with Connor being on the scout team last year, this gives him a chance to learn the offense with a little less pressure."