Colmer, Goolsby looking to stay on the field

Wisconsin's Anthony Davis was limited to just 116 carries as a junior in 2003 due to ankle injuries.

Originally Published: August 30, 2004
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game of football. Each season some of the nation's finest talent is lost to injury, but those teams that avoid the injury bug or are able to overcome injuries to top players often are among the last standing on New Year's Day.

The following is a look at 16 players attempting comebacks in 2004, after missing time due to injury last season. In some cases (such as Oklahoma LB Lance Mitchell), the player is attempting to return from a season-ending injury that required a medical redshirt year. In other cases (such as Fresno State QB Paul Pinegar), the player simply missed significant time and is looking to rebound with a healthy season.

Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Iowa Hawkeyes
Babineaux is an ultra-quick defensive tackle with lots of upside. He is a disruptive force against the run and as a pass rusher. After starting 11 games at end in 2002, he moved to defensive tackle in 2003, where he started the first seven games before suffering his second season-ending injury (knee). If Babineaux can return to form and avoid the injury bug, it will be a huge boost to the Hawkeyes' defense.

Todd McShay

ESPN Senior Writer