Mike Williams, (wide receiver, born 1987)

College football's opening weekend symbol? Crutches

A breathlessly awaited opening weekend of college football did not bring an abundance of upsets or fantastic finishes. Instead, the image was shaped by crutches and carts.

Four power program starting quarterbacks left games with crushing injuries and most have been declared lost for the season.

At other positions, one touted as preseason All-America and one reigning conference player of the year went down. Other key players throughout the game were visited by the injury reaper.

Former Texas coach and now ESPN analyst Mack Brown spoke for all of them from his Twitter account: "1 of the hardest things in CFB is young people work so hard to be grt, and 1...