Spring practice hadn’t even started before Arkansas, Georgia Tech and Miami received bad news.
Each will be without its starting quarterback for spring drills — Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett broke his foot in conditioning drills, Tech’s Josh Nesbitt is recovering from right ankle surgery and Miami’s Jacory Harris is recovering from surgery on his right thumb.
Each of the trio is a returning starter, so the news isn’t as bad as it could’ve been. It would have been much harder for the teams involved if each of those guys was a first-time starter. Still, no one should try to sugarcoat the absences; they’re not good for the teams involved.