Blair confident despite Colson's injury

After coming within one shot of the Final Four, Aggie basketball coach Gary Blair discusses how his plans have changed for 2008-09 following the ACL injury to his starting point guard Sydney Colson.

When sophomore point guard Sydney Colson—the heir apparent to Aqua Franklin—tore her ACL in a pickup game several weeks ago, the "pop" wasn't the only audible sound coming out of College Station as A&M basketball fans took one collective gasp.

It was expecially painful after Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair watched former high school All-American Tyra White go down with the same injury in a non-conference game last season.

"I thought it was about the same as when Tyra White did it in the first four minutes of the SMU game and when Morenike had her problems," Blair said. "Those are injuries that we've been very good our first three years at avoiding. We were pretty much injury free here. But when you have tremendous depth, you just plug in another person and you just go on. Injuries are going to happen to all teams. When it happens to some of your better players it really hurts and slows down their career."

But days after the surgery to repair the injury, Texas A&M coach Gary Blair is optimisti about the Aggies' chances this year, but admits Colson will have a tough few months.

"She had her surgery last week and she's doing well and starting rehab," Blair said. "We're hoping to get her back sometime in December, but all that depends on her rehab and no complications. "We definitely hope to have her back for conference season. A lot of that depends on how quick that thing heels."

Blair said that Colson, who was the first freshman to serve as co-captain in his XX-year career, has stayed upbeat.

"She's got a good attitude about it and she'll have tremendous work ethic on getting back. We need her leadership," Blair said. "We've been grooming her to take Aqua's position and now we don't have her for training camp and she'll have to lead in a different way and teach our incoming freshemen what we need out of a point guard."

JUCO transfer Tanisha Smith, an All-American from Fort Smith may also see some time at point guard this year as well.

"She's a 5-11 kid who can play any position from 1-4," Blair said/

Blair said that while it's a definite setback as he prepares to go into he season picked to finish second in the Big 12 by his fellow coaches, he is confident in the depth of this year's squad to ride it out until Colson can return to the court.

"We'll adjust, we've got plenty of talent here especially at guard," Blair said. "Some kids that might not be their ideal position but we're still going to be a good ball club. If you're picked to finish 2nd in our conf, you must be pretty good."




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