Shortly after Saturday’s game, it hit me that the person who has to be the happiest about the win over Oregon is linebacker Zack Follett.
You know it was killing him not to be out there. But Follett had a tough decision to make. The symptoms from the neck stinger he suffered two weeks ago were gone, but it’s the type of injury you want to make sure you’re completely recovered from before you return. And the more time you give it to strengthen, the less chance there is of re-injury.
Still, Follett probably could have played. But he has to think about his future and the team’s future. As he put it, he’d hate to come back for one game and then be lost for the rest of the season. And with the bye week coming up, it just made sense to take advantage of the extra recovery time.
As it turned out, Follett got the best of both worlds. He didn’t risk re-injury, and the team still won. Now he can return to the field in two weeks with the Bears still undefeated and firmly in the middle of the Bowl Championship Series race.