October 22, 2007

Sutton's back! Sort of

DETROIT - Star Northwestern running back Tyrell Sutton made his long-awaited return to the field in the Wildcats' 26-14 win over Eastern Michigan on Friday night. After being sidelined for five weeks with a high ankle sprain, No. 19 trotted onto the field in the first quarter against the Eagles.

The significance of Sutton's appearance didn't seem to register with the few thousand fans dotting the sea of blue seats at Ford Field, but even if they had noticed, their full-throated roar would have sounded more like polite applause at a golf tournament.

Sutton lined up as the lone back in the offensive set, and on his very first play he took the ball from Bacher, ran to his left and...flipped the ball to wide receiver Eric Peterman, who ran for 21 yards on a reverse to the right side.

As triumphant returns go, this one was as anti-climactic as they come. For Northwestern fans that have been looking forward to seeing Sutton play again, it was like waiting all night on the red carpet for a Hollywood star to appear, only to have the star wave from the limousine as he or she drives past.

Sutton wound up playing a handful of plays in Northwestern's ugly-as-The-Jerry-Springer-Show victory, but that very first play was the only time he touched the ball. He didn't carry the ball or catch a pass or do much of anything else on the night.

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