Add that to the situation of quarterback Trevor Vittatoe, who has done everything but get carried down the field to keep playing.
"I'm not going to have captains anymore," Price cracked.
Amy's injury seems to hurt the hardest, as he was the leader of an undersized defense. He could play any position and was the team's top pro prospect. He is so respected, his teammates are taking turns wearing his No. 1 - even defensive end Robert Soleyjacks has taken a turn. This week, it's Martel Strange, a backup defensive back.
"He was a sixth-year player for us; he was the best player on our team, the best athlete on our team," Price said of Amy. "Defensive back, could play corner, played linebacker, played safety. He was a born safety. Could play quarterback if you wanted him to.
"Vertical jump 42 inches, ran a 4.4 [40-yard dash], would hit you like a ton of bricks. Great player, but he had a lot of injuries."
Buckram rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries last week against Tulane, so he is approaching 100 percent. Price said two centers are returning, reinforcing that position.
And then there is Vittatoe, who owns all school passing records and has thrown for 1,848 yards and 15 touchdowns so far this season. He is 25-of-54 for just 271 yards and five interceptions in the last two games, corresponding to his aches and pains.
He hurt his ankle early against UAB, and somehow finished that game and played against Tulane.
"Vittatoe, I didn't even know if he'd play last week. He's so tough, one of the toughest guys I'm ever coached," Price said. "Last week, I don't know if he practiced a day.
"He's much better this week. He's the Brett Favre of college football. He'll start every game in his career, for four years. It's quite an accomplishment."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.