Posted on: September 18, 2010 2:50 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 5:17 pm

Hokies lose Ryan Williams to hamstring

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Virginia Tech Hokies got off to a shaky start as they try to avoid their first 0-3 start since 1987 -- Frank Beamer 's first season in Blacksburg -- falilng behind East Carolina 10-0, but they've since recovered to take a 21-17 lead in the second quarter.  Still, there is some bad news.

Starting running back Ryan Williams has left the game with an injury to his right hamstring, and though the extremity of the injury isn't known, Williams will not be returning to today's game.  Which puts even more pressure on Tyrod Taylor to carry a Hokies offense that has had some problems this season.

Williams had picked up 25 yards on six carries with a touchdown before having to leave the game, and came into the game as Virginia Tech's second-leading rusher -- trailing only Taylor -- with 130 yards through their first two games.

It'll be interesting to see if the Hokies can hold off the Pirates and pick up their first win of the season with Williams sidelined.  Keep checking the blog all day for updates on this game, Williams' injury, and every other game throughout the day.

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 12:57 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 12:40 pm

Hope is pessimistic about Keith Smith

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last season was a breakout year for Purdue wide receiver Keith Smith .  Smith finished his junior season with 91 receptions for 1,100 yards and six touchdowns and was placed on the 2010 Biletnikoff Award watch list for the top receiver in the country this year.  Though the way things are sounding in West Lafayette, there may not be many more chances to watch Smith play in 2010.

The senior receiver left Purdue's 31-21 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday during the fourth quarter after taking a hit to his right knee while being tackled.  He'd later appear on the sidelines with crutches in tow.  As for the severity of the knee injury, nobody will know for sure until Smith undergoes an MRI in the next couple of days, but his head coach Danny Hope isn't, well, he isn't very hopeful .

“We'll have to move on and get other guys ready to play,” Hope said. “That's why we recruit. It's why we work 80 to 100 hours a week and why we go at it all the time working hard to bring in the next good player to develop to get ready to play.”

It's known for a fact that Smith won't be playing this weekend against Ball State, as he isn't listed on Purdue's depth chart .

If Smith is lost for an extended period of time -- and there's some belief that his season may be over -- it's a big blow to a Purdue offense that had already lost their top running back, Ralph Bolden , to a torn ACL.  Smith had been proving to be Robert Marve 's favorite target through the first two games of the season, making 18 catches for 123 yards.

UPDATE: Hope's pessimism was confirmed on Tuesday when the school announced that Smith had torn both his ACL and MCL and will miss the rest of the 2010 season.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:19 am

Case Keenum leaves Houston game with injury

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Houston quarterback Case Keenum passed Colt McCoy and Philip Rivers for fifth place all time on the NCAA's career passing yards list on Friday night against UTEP, throwing for 279 yards in the Cougars 54-24 rout of the Miners, but his 13,503 career yards are likely the last thing on the Cougars' minds when it comes to their quarterback this morning. 

Keenum had to leave the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be a head injury.  After having a pass intercepted by UTEP's Travaun Nixon, it looked as though Keenum took a blow to the head while trying to make a tackle.  He was slow to get off the ground and seemed a little woozy before finally leaving the field under his own power.

Keenum did not return to the game, but according to his coach Kevin Sumlin, he didn't need to .

“I just talked to him; he was smiling in the locker room,” Sumlin said. “So we’ll evaluate it and see where he is. The situation was such at that point of the game, the way Cotton was playing, there was no need to do anything. We’ll see where it is.”

Cotton Turner came on for Keenum, completing nine of ten passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.  Which was one more touchdown than Keenum threw before having to leave the game and seeing his streak of 31 consecutive games with a touchdown pass come to an end.

As for the severity of Keenum's injury and whether or not he'll have to miss Houston's game at UCLA next Saturday, we'll have to wait and see. 
Posted on: September 4, 2010 6:04 pm

Denard Robinson suffers minor hip injury

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Denard Robinson has been putting together a superlative performance today: 14/16 for 108 yards through the air, and 23 electric carries for 170 yards and 1 TD. But on his last carry--a demoralizing QB draw to convert a 3rd and 15 from deep in Michigan territory--Robinson took a shot to his left hip, then landed on the hip awkwardly. The injury appears to be minor, though, as Robinson was back on the field to start the fourth quarter for the Wolverines.

Robinson was briefly replaced by freshman Devin Gardner, who holds the distinction of not being returning starter Tate Forcier. Forcier has denied rumors of wanting to transfer, but considering Robinson's dominance and Gardner's spot off the bench, it seems like Forcier's going to encounter scant playing time as long as both Robinson and Gardner are healthy.

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