John F. Silver
His head started to ache, and the only one he heard talking was Lyle McCombs. He didn’t know it was the Cincinnati coaches keeping him from falling down, and he didn’t know that there was a crowd around him worried. For the second time in a week, Whitmer had sustained a concussion (he confirmed it, not the school) and this one KO’d him for the season in a 34-17 loss to Cincinnati.
Whitmer went out after getting whacked on a reverse trick play. He was in the game with Wildcat QB Scott McCummings and when Whitmer got the ball everyone was covered (maybe trick plays only work for the other team). He took a nasty hit and that was all she wrote. It was a scary situation and Whitmer said he doesn’t remember what happened exactly.
“”I’m all right. I guess I blacked out and they wanted to take precautions since I had a concussion last week,” Whitmer said. “They just didn’t want me to go back in. It’s part of football. The doctors say you don’t want to mess around with your head.”
Whitmer looked OK and sounded down, but coherent after the game. It wasn’t like several years ago when Zach Frazer didn’t know where he was or what happened (now that was scary). But, two concussions in a week is concerning if that’s what he indeed got.
Whitmer was cleared by the medical staff, all the symptoms had gone away, and he wanted to play.
“I passed all my tests,” Whitmer said. “There were extensive tests. I took days off. I was able to subside the headache and [handle] the bright lights. After that I was good. I was good to play.”
Pasqualoni addressed Whitmer’s status after:
“We were cautious with Chandler during the week. We were concerned about it… On Monday he was pretty good and met the marks on Monday and felt good and Wednesday he practiced every snap …our medical staff is on top of things. They felt confident and he felt confident.
” Am I concerned about him long term? He is fine right now, I just talked to him, he feels pretty good right now. I will be concerned if the medical staff is concerned. I always had a philosophy that coaches shouldn’t practice medicine. “
“We were in, in the past two years, we’ve been in quite a few games that a touchdown or less decided those games,” Pasqualoni said. “We had a few of those this year. A little thing here, field position there, a missed kick here, so, my outlook on it is as a coach, you are out there to win every game you play and it is always hard on the tough games to accept them. I always feel like ‘yeah’ we should have won that game. there were games that we coulda shoulda or are capable of winning. No question about that.”“I feel good about it. We came in 2 years ago now, and certainly with 1 recruiting class, it takes more than that. Again, when you go back on this season, and you go back on last season, the margin of error isn’t very great. In the end, what causes you to win and lose is a lot of little things. We’ve been in a lot of close games, just haven’t won a number of close games as you would like as a coach. “