|Daily Blog • Saturday, November 21st|
GAMEDAY NEWS & NOTES
ARKANSAS - CB David Gordon (3 starts, 11 tackles) is out vs Miss St with a thigh contusion.
FLORIDA - RB Emmanuel Moody (ankle injury) is out. He is the #4 rusher with 364 (7.3) in 10 games.
DT Terron Sanders (ribs/back injuries) is out. He has 5 starts, 15 tackles, 1.5 tfl this year.
DE Jermaine Cunningham (10 starts, 30 tackles, 7 sacks) is questionable with an unspecified injury.
GEORGIA – The Bulldogs haven’t allowed a 100+ game rusher all year.
KENTUCKY - WR Randall Cobb (bruised shoulder; 9 starts, #2 rusher with 396, 6.9 and #1 receiver with 32 12.0 and 4 TD’s will be a game-time decision as he couldn’t finish Wednesday’s practice.
MISSISSIPPI - WR/RB McCluster is now projected as a 3rd to 4th round pick in the draft despite his size (5’8” 165).
MISS ST - Backup QB Relf (15-29 for 213 yards with a 3-3 ratio, 301 rush yds, 6.1) may see more snaps this week. Starter Lee (10 starts, 137 yards per game, 59%, 4-13 ratio) has struggled the last few games with a 1-7 ratio failing to throw for 150 yards in each of the last 3 games.
TENNESSEE - LB Rico McCoy (10 starts, #1 tackler with 84, 2.5 tfl, sustained a knee injury last week) practiced Thursday and said he is “game ready” for Vandy.
LB LaMarcus Thompson (9 starts, 27 tackles, 6 tfl) didn’t practice Thursday and is a game-time decision (neck stinger).
CB Dennis Rogan (leg injury) 9 starts, 50 tackles, 5 pbu is a game time decision and didn’t practice Thursday.
VANDERBILT - Jamie Graham (10 games, 17 tackles, 2 pbu, 4 receptions, 12 yards rush) was a WR in ‘08 then moved to CB in ‘09, but moved back to WR 3 weeks ago with all of the injuries over there. This week he may start at CB in place of Myron Lewis (11 starts, 41 tackles, 8 pbu, 4 interceptions) who is out with a torn meniscus.
MICHIGAN - The Big Ten conference’s official offensive player of the week has come from a player who faced Michigan 3 out of the last 4 weeks and 4 overall on the season (no other team has more than 1).
INDIANA - IU has lost 5 leads of a collective 62 points in its 6 conference losses. The Ohio St game was the only one that the Hoosiers didn’t lead.
IOWA - Since the BCS era began in 1998, only three teams nationally have ever made a BCS bowl after losing two or more games after October 31 (as the Hawkeyes have done). Those three teams were Oklahoma in 2002, Miami in 2003 and Florida State in 2005. Of those three teams, zero got at-large invitations. They all got automatic bids. So, if the Hawks get an at-large invite, they’d be the first school ever to do so after losing two games in November or later.
Boston College - Update: DE Jim Ramella (leg) is upgraded to probable vs NC.
Duke - Duke will be without defensive leader DT Vince Oghobaase (leg injury) for the 2nd straight game.
WR Johnny Williams (knee, backup WR) and RB Re'quan Boyette (leg, was starter beginning of season but has been banged up) have been ruled out.
Starting LB Abraham Kromah, who has missed the last 5 games with a leg injury, is listed as probable.
Miami - Starting CB Sam Shields is out with a leg inj. 38 tackles, 2 pbu, 9 starts.
Starting LB Sean Spence (leg) downgraded to game-time decision. 35 tackles, 5.5 tfl, 2 sacks, 7 starts.
Starting S Vaughn Telemaque (shoulder) game-time decision. 30 tackles, 2 tfl, 2 pbu, 8 starts.
Starting QB Jacory Harris (hand, finger) is probable.
Reserve RB Lee Chambers (leg) is out. #4 rusher 142 yards 3.9, 7 games.
NC State - RB Toney Baker has been granted a 6th year.
Reserve WR Steven Howard is out year with a knee injury (11 receptions, 10.2).
Virginia - QB Jameel Sewell (shoulder) expected to start. Backup QB Marc Verica is out with a concussion.
Starting WR Vic Hall (hip injury, 22 receptions, 11.5, 8 games) is questionable.
#3 RB Torrey Mack (ankle, 73 yards, 3.2, 9 games) is out.
Backup WR Tim Smith (back, 12 receptions, 14.7, 9 games ) is out.
Special teams standout Raynard Horne (back) is out.
Virginia Tech - Update: Starting C Beau Warren (sprained MCL knee) is upgraded to probable.
Missouri – Last week KSU HC Snyder on WR Alexander after the game, “I thought Dezmon Briscoe was the best WR in the Big 12 until I saw Alexander play today.”
Texas A&M - “We weren’t very good today, shot ourselves in the foot numerous times” HC Sherman said after last week when the Aggies turned the ball over 4x’s resulting in 4 OU TD’s & allowing 640 yards.
Baylor - Briles said the loss to UT last week was disappointing and not demoralizing because of 2 wins with 2 left for a bowl. “We’ve done enough to set ourselves up for a good end result.”
Texas - With a win QB McCoy will become the FBS all-time leader in wins by a starting QB with 42 surpassing David Greene.
Kansas - KU AD Lew Perkins met with players to discuss concerns about the program and on Tuesday Mangino was asked if he felt he had lost his players support “Not one bit,” he said. “I may have most some people around here, but it’s not players”.
Louisville - RB Victor Anderson (#1 rusher missed parts of 4) left in the 2Q last week with shoulder injury and is questionable. CB Preston Pace (reserve) has a shoulder injury and is questionable. DT LT Walker (7 starts, 22 tackles) missed last week due to academics but is probable.
USF - WR Carlton Mitchell (#1 WR) injured his ankle and missed last week but is questionable. RB Jamar Taylor, who returned from a knee injury Oct 24th, is struggling to be a weapon just 3 carries last week. They are looking into a possible redshirt. RB Aston Samuels has missed the last 5 with an abdominal injury and is listed as questionable. OG Zach Hermann (8 starts) missed last week and will miss again this week with neck injury.
RUTGERS- Kordell Young (3rd down specialist) injured his knee again and is out for the season. OG Caleb Ruch injured his ankle and is questionable. RT Desmond Stapleton (#2 in the 2-deep) injured his ankle and is questionable.
SYRACUSE- Listed #1 at LB in “Phil Steele’s College Football Preview”, Derrell Smith injured knee is out for the season (torn meniscus). #1 LS Dalton Phillips suffered a concussion so severe that he will miss the rest of the season.
Ball St – HC Parrish said players have been re-energized with the extra time off (12 days).
Buffalo - QB Maynard added to his record with 11 straight games with a TD pass (broke Willy’s 9 gm rec).
C Michigan- LeFevour is now the #1 career passer in MAC history 12,000 yds broke Leftwich’s 11,903.
Northern Illinois - Controls their own destiny but must win out to take MAC West Crown.
Ohio - OU has blocked 4 punts this year.
Temple - RB Pierce leads the MAC and is 3rd in the NCAA with 129.2 yards per game rushing. DE Adrian Robinson leads MAC with 10 sacks and is #5 in NCAA.
Western Michigan - Cubit is convinced his players are going to play the final 2 games as if everything was on the line.
AIR FORCE - In last 2 games Jefferson has completed 12 passes, for 256 yards.
NEW MEXICO - NM has dropped 14 straight since last year. They’re 0-10 for 1st time since finishing 0-11 in ‘87. The Lobos have dropped 10 consecutive MWC games.
SAN DIEGO ST - OL Nik Embernate was ejected last week after throwing a punch vs Wyoming. The MWC and HC Hoke decided that no further punishment was needed, so he is able to play this week.
TCU – The Horned Frogs are playing for their first undefeated season since 1938 which was also their last National Championship.
UNLV – Fired HC Sanford the Sunday following the Air Force loss. He will finish out the season.
CAL - Starting TE Anthony Miller has missed the last 2 games with a knee injury. He is listed as probable to return this week. Starting NT Derrick Hill is questionable as well after missing the last 3 games with a knee injury. RB Jahvid Best continues to be out after his concussion vs OSU.
STANFORD - Starting DE Erik Lorig has missed the last 6 games with a knee injury, his return is doubtful this week. Backup CB Quinn Evans is questionable with a hamstring injury that he suffered last week.
WASHINGTON ST - Starting QB Jeff Tuel missed last week’s game with a knee injury and is questionable to return this weekend. Starting TE Tony Thompson has missed the last 2 weeks with a shoulder injury and is listed as questionable here. DT Toby Turpin has been suspended for the final 2 games of the season for a rules violation while starting LB Jason Stripling is doubtful and will possibly be suspended for the final 2 games as well due to an arrest over the weekend.
ARIZONA ST - Part-time starting LB Gerald Munns is doubtful after leaving last week’s game with a elbow injury. QB Danny Sullivan is questionable to return due to a bicep injury but it’s doubtful he would start here even if healthy. O-lineman Matt Hustad and Zach Schlink are both questionable again here. Starting CB Terell Carr remains suspended following his arrest last week. This will be his 2nd consecutive missed game. Starting TE Dan Knapp tore his ACL for the second consecutive season last week vs Oregon.
UCLA - Starting DT Jerzy Siewierski is questionable with a foot injury that has forced him out of the last 2 games. Starting OG Ryan Taylor will miss his 2nd consecutive game as well with a foot injury. Backup OT Nik Abele will miss the rest of the regular season with a concussion.
OREGON - Starting TE Ed Dickson (flu), RB LaMichael James (flu) and backup RB/KR Kenjon Barner (quad) are both listed as questionable this weekend but with the magnitude of this game, I would highly doubt either one missing
ARIZONA - The Wildcats’ only real injury problem remains at RB as Nic Grigsby has been bothered by a shoulder injury that has limited him over the past month while backup RB Keola Antolin injured his ankle last week vs Cal and is questionable to play here.
FRESNO STATE - RB Ryan Mathews (1491 yds, 7.0, 14 TD) said ‘s fine after suffering a concussion vs Nevada last week, and if cleared, he will play this week.
Starting RG Andrew Jackson (started 1st 9 this season) is questionable ( sprained left knee). Jackson saw his streak of 31 consecutive starts end last week when he missed the Nevada game.
Starting LB Kyle Knox (28 tackles, 2.5 tfl, started 1st 9 this season) is questionable after missing last week’s game with a lingering stinger (back injury).
Backup WR Devon Wylie (15 rec, 16.1) is questionable with a hamstring injury that started out as day-to-day but had gotten progressively worse. Wylie has missed the majority of the past five games
LOUISIANA TECH - LT HC Derek Dooley made some changed to the starting OL last week. Dooley said none of the changes were due to injuries.
Starting WR J.P Staurt (17 rec, 14.6) who started eight of the 1st nine (not last week) is questionable with a leg injury.
La Tech is very banged up and last week against LSU had 18 freshmen or sophomores on their two-deep.
HAWAII - Starting QB Bryant Moniz suffered bruised ribs last week but expects to play this week.
Starting WR Greg Salas (85 rec, 16.0) is questionable with a sprained right foot. He said he felt pain in his foot last week against New Mexico State but decided to play through it. He set a school-record with his 16 receptions (for 196 yards) last week against New Mexico State.
Starting CB Jeramy Bryant (33 tkls, 3 pbu, 1 tfl) is questionable because of a partial tear in his biceps.
SAN JOSE STATE - HC Dick Tomey will retire following the end of the 2009 season.
Nearly half of the 22 players who started for San Jose State in the opener at USC weren’t in the lineup for Utah State because of injuries.
Starting WR Kevin Jurovich (51 rec, 13.3) became the Spartans’ all-time leading WR last week and now has 151 receptions.
BOISE STATE - Starting FB/TE Richie Brockel (8 rec, very good blocker) is likely out for the year after suffering a foot injury last week against Idaho.
• Backup RB Matt Kaisermann (150 yds) is out for the year after suffering a broken leg last week against Idaho.
• Part-time starting WR Tyler Shoemaker (21 rec, 16.4) is banged up (unknown exactly what) and his status is in question for this week.
NEVADA - Backup WR L.J. Washington (5 rec, 19.6, 1 TD) is out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL last week.
NEW MEXICO STATE - The Aggies haven’t scored an offensive TD in 17 quarters.
NMSU is expected to remain with Jeff Fleming (63 ypg, 53%, 2-9 ratio) as the starter for the rest of the season.
The Aggies are only averaging 96 ypg which is #117 in the NCAA in front of only the three option-based offense of the service academies.
FIU - Injuries: RB Darriet Perry (wrist) out for season (301 yards, 2.9 3 TD)
LB Winston Fraser (neck) out indefinitely (27 tackles, 3 tfl)
North Texas - Injuries: NT –LS Christian Davidson (separated shoulder) doubtful.
NT will break ground on its new stadium TW.
NT has self destructed in several games TY. LW it was an interception returned for a touchdown, a blocked punt (resulting in a 16/7pl TD drive), and a fumble (set up a 47/3pl TD drive) in the second half of a 35-28 loss to FIU.
In its last 2 games (ULM, at FIU), NT has been outscored 38-3 in the second half.
LW HC Dodge said the team was “devastated” because this team did what we asked them to do. We just made too many critical mistakes.
FAU - A week after allowing 8 touchdowns to UAB, the Owls held ASU out of the end zone until 42 seconds were left in the game.
Hinds replaced the Owls leading tackler – Michael Lockley. Schnellenberger said Hinds has been practicing better and that Lockley has been sick and has not played like he had in the past.
After last week, Schnellenberger grabbed the microphone before leaving the field and asked fans to “stick around” for something “special” that is about to happen to the program.
TROY - Levi Brown’s streak without an interception came to an end at 265 with his 3 picks at Arkansas. One of the ints bounced off the receiver’s (Gill) hands, and another was a Hail Mary into the EZ at the end of the half.
Troy has 8 consecutive games with at least 428 yards of offense.
Middle Tennessee - Stockstill has removed his name from consideration for the Memphis opening.
|HERE ARE MY NFL SELECTIONS FOR SUNDAY THE 22nd|
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