One goal of every college football team’s offseason is to stay healthy.
UCLA doesn’t seem to be on the right path to achieve that goal, though. With as many as nine players being treated for concussion-like symptoms over the past couple of weeks, we’re now seeing a prominent face shaken up.
Yes, folks, that’s UCLA senior linebacker Anthony Barr. From the UCLA beat writers:
Of course, no diagnosis has been made. But all indications are that Barr suffered a concussion. If that’s what the doctors wind up concluding, it’ll be a huge blow to the start of UCLA’s season. An even more important point—and often the most forgotten—is that Barr will have to recover from this for at least a few weeks, even if he’s cleared to play football. Consider that he will play football if cleared, and we have a serious health issue on our hand.
Jim Mora has been adamant about keeping his men out if they’re still suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Of course, prior to today, none of his star athletes have exhibited such symptoms. From here on out, we’re about to learn a lot about Mora’s character. Will the second-year UCLA coach follow the footsteps of Lane Kiffin and Rich Rodriguez and continue to play his rising star despite larger health concerns looming?
Cross your fingers.