Theo Riddick’s bad hamstring is improving according to Irish head coach Brian Kelly, but it still remains to be seen how much he plays or if he plays at all in Saturday’s home finale against Boston College. Riddick missed last week’s game against Maryland after suffering the injury in the second half against Wake Forest.
Here is a quote from Kelly in article by Chicago Tribune reporter Brian Hamilton.
“Ran around today,” Kelly said after practice Wednesday. “I don’t think he’s going to be a guy that can come in and start for us. We’re hoping we can utilize him in a role and try to get him engaged in the game. We’ll continue to practice him, continue to work him out and see where we go from there.”
I think if Riddick were a senior, he probably would start on Saturday in the final home game of the 2011 season. Because he is not, I don’t see Riddick seeing a lot of reps against BC. There is no sense in further making the hamstring worse when the Irish are playing an inferior opponent.
In Riddick’s place will be Robby Toma, who had a big game starting last Saturday. The junior receiver had seven catches for 73 yards in his first start of the season. The Irish offense shouldn’t miss anything in terms of production with Toma starting over Riddick.
In fact, it might be a slight upgrade.