SportsDoc Update: Three Questions 9/19/2013
1280 The Zone - September 19th, 2013
"Three questions of interest that might be worth thinking about during rivalry week-
1. Why is Taysom Hill wearing a knee brace on his left knee?
2. Can Travis Wilson throw deep with consistent accuracy?
3. Where is Brian Blechen?
1- As has been noted Taysom Hill is wearing a knee brace on his left knee. While he did have a knee injury that was successfully repaired and wouldn't necessarily require a brace, most quarterbacks at the college and pro level wear a brace on their lead knee that they would land on for throwing. The reason for this is that knee is the knee that is at most risk for a lineman or blocker to role into or get knocked into sideways and having the brace on that knee can reduce the risk of that kind of injury. There is some debate in the Sports Medicine community if in reality that happens, but coaches would rather have a brace on that knee if there is chance of it helping their high profile commodity. As you are watching games in the future you will notice most all QB's are wearing the brace on their lead knee( the opposite of their throwing arm) even in the absence of a previous knee problem.
2- There was a small picture a couple weeks ago in the paper showing Travis Wilson ready to throw what was probably a deep pass by the positioning of his body. Where the ball was being held in the cocked position is not conducive to consistently throwing deep with accuracy because, like in baseball, you want the ball to end up coming over the top. The best positioning to come "over the top" and result in a consistency of good spirals and deep throws is to have the tip of the ball to be pointing back wards in the extreme cocked position. Most QB coaches will drill young quarterbacks to do so, even if they are effective as they will be better in the long run if they learn to do so. Think Tim Tebow and Jordan Wynn post surgery. While nobody will argue with success that Wilson is having and he shouldn't be changing anything now, most who specialize with throwing mechanics will agree that more of an over the top delivery will result in more consistency and accuracy especially with deep balls. There are many who have succeeded with less than perfect throwing mechanics even through the pros (Bernie Kosar comes to mind), however.
3- Where is Brian Blechen? Why is none of the press asking this question? While the U. is notoriously quiet about injuries, the vulnerability of their secondary last game and the potential difference he could make certainly begs an answer to if and when he be able to play. See my guess at what may be his problem might be with a previous entry.