Tough luck for Arsenio Favor continues

There may not be a football player with more bad luck than Arsenio Favor, who just had another setback in the last week when an MRI revealed torn ligaments in his right knee, the same knee he had operated on during the offseason.

The talented Favor, who went from a starting quarterback position at Jeff Davis in 2007 to one at Stanhope Elmore in 2008 and 2009, was redshirted in 2010, leaving him with only one year of eligibility remaining.

“He tore his ACL,” Alabama State coach Reggie Barlow said. “He hasn’t had the surgery yet. I think he’s going to get Dr. (James) Andrews to do the surgery. Those things typically take six to eight months, so you’re talking about missing spring ball as well. So it’ll be an uphill battle for him. Hopefully, he’ll come back and rehab and get his body in great shape and be able to help us.”

Favor has played for four different coaches in the past four years, finally getting his break two weeks ago in a game against Prairie View A&M. Pressed into starting duty because of a back injury to Daniel Duhart, Favor was scrambling for extra yardage early in the second quarter when he was pushed to the ground in a pile of bodies at the first-down marker.

Any other quarterback likely would have done the same, but certainly Favor — who was eager to show coaches, teammates and fans his ability as the starter — was willing to give everything he had, including his right knee, to pick up the first down for the Hornets.

“We were kind of worried about that,” Barlow said. “Sometimes, when you get your chance, you want to prove that you (can be the starting player). That’s why he was still running as opposed to just sliding.”

Favor saw action in seven games as a redshirt freshman at Southern Miss under Larry Fedora, but had to start all over again in 2012 under new coach Ellis Johnson. He entered spring practice with a knee injury, putting him behind other quarterbacks on the team, and wouldn’t have been able to show a lot in a disastrous 0-12 season that resulted in Johnson’s firing.

A January meeting with new coach Todd Monken added insult to injury when Monken told Favor he was moving him to tight end. Favor responded by telling Monken he was quitting the team. Despite battling Duhart evenly throughout the spring and fall, he was unable to wrestle the starting job away from Duhart and saw relatively little playing time before getting his chance on Oct. 12 against Prairie View.

Now, the incredibly talented and extremely likeable Favor is probably done at Alabama State. By missing the rest of 2013 and spring practice in 2014, he will be light years behind Duhart and backup Quinteris Toppings when seven-on-seven drills resume in early June. If he wasn’t able to take the starting job in 2013, there’s absolutely no reason to believe he has any chance of capturing it in 2014.

If he can graduate in the spring or early summer, he would be eligible to transfer to any university in the country and play immediately. Of course, that’s probably a longer long shot than taking over the starting position at ASU. Transferring to another program, even one in immediate need of an experienced quarterback, would present Favor with his fifth head coach (and offensive coordinator) in as many years at a program where the demands would be immediate and the margin for error would be minimal.

He certainly deserves better than the latest in a long string of setbacks that have plagued his collegiate career.


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