Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 4:46 pm

Sooners lose Whaley to a broken ankle

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma is currently in a close game with Kansas State, but it's already suffered one big loss this afternoon. Running back Dominique Whaley, the Sooners leading rusher, suffered a broken ankle in the first quarter and the early report is that he'll miss the rest of the season.

Whaley had rushed for 627 yards and 9 touchdowns on the season coming into Saturday's game. Roy Finch, Brennan Clay and perhaps freshman Brandon Williams will have to pick up the slack for the Sooners offense.
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:33 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 11:37 am

Irish lose Lewis-Moore for the season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame suddenly has more problems than just back-breaking turnovers.

Starting defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore suffered an MCL injury during Notre Dame's loss to USC on Saturday night, and he is going to miss the rest of the season. Making matters worse for the Irish defense, the defensive line was already missing its other defensive end Ethan Johnson, who suffered a high ankle sprain against Purdue and hasn't played in three weeks.

Johnson isn't expected to be back for Notre Dame's game against Navy this weekend, either.

Which means that the Irish will have to play two freshman at defensive end in Stephon Tuitt and Aaron Lynch. Both are highly-touted recruits who have received plenty of playing time this season, but it's been as part of a rotation. Both Chase Hounshell and Kona Schwenke should see plenty of time against Navy as well. How an inexperience line will fare this weekend against the option attack of Navy, remains to be seen. USC rushed for 217 yards against the Irish last weekend, and the option attack of Air Force rushed for 363 yards on them two weeks ago.

Kapron Lewis-Moore currently leads all Irish defensive lineman with 32 tackles, including 4 for a loss.
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 4:04 pm

Kansas gets good news on Jeremiah Hatch

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There was a rather scary moment during Kansas' loss to Oklahoma on Saturday night, as center Jeremiah Hatch suffered an injury that left him on the ground immobilized for several minutes before eventually being carted off and taken to a local hospital. Thankfully, Hatch was able to return to the Kansas sideline before the game was over, and according to head coach Turner Gill, he's going to be fine.

"He’s fine. He’s now able to move all his limbs and everything," said Gill on Saturday night. "They still want to evaluate him in the next 24 hours and kind of see what happens here in the next few days. But I’m glad to see that he is OK, as far as able to move his limbs, because initially, he was not able to move anything." 

On Sunday Gill reiterated that Hatch was all right, and that there's a chance he'll be able to play against Kansas State this weekend, saying he's questionable, though the team and Hatch will take it day by day.

Hatch, a senior, has started 41 games in his career at Kansas, including every game but one at center the last three seasons.
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 12:35 pm

Oregon State loses DT for the season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

A season that has been full of bad news for Oregon State got some more on Monday, as it was announced that starting defensive tackle Castro Masaniai will miss the rest of the season. Masaniai suffered a broken left fibula during Oregon State's loss to BYU on Saturday night. 

“It’s one of those unfortunate things that happen,” said head coach Mike Riley. “You have to rely on someone stepping in and playing. You are always looking for guys to be prepared.” 

Riley also said that Andrew Seumalo will take Masaniai's place in the starting lineup this weekend when the Beavers play Washington State.

Masaniai started three games for Oregon State this season, recording 7 tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack. He also sat out the first game of the season with a suspension after being arrested in May following an incident at a local McDonalds.
Posted on: October 16, 2011 2:25 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2011 3:18 pm

Marcus Lattimore is done for the year

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The South Carolina Gamecocks got the news they didn't want to hear on Sunday morning: running back Marcus Lattimore is done for the season.

This news comes via CBSSports.com RapidReporter Josh Kendall, and Steve Spurrier told reporters that Lattimore suffered ligament and cartilage damage in his knee.

 "We are all disappointed, but we realize life has to go on," Spurrier said. "Somebody has to try to fill his shoes -- and some other positions really need to pick it up. 

Lattimore was injured in the second half of South Carolina's win on Saturday as he was blocking for Bruce Ellington and had a defender roll up on the back of his leg. The injury was initially diagnosed as a sprained knee, but considering the latest news that he'll be missing the rest of the season, the injury is a lot more severe than a sprain.

As for what this means for the Gamecocks, obviously it's not good news. There are very few running backs in college football as talented as Lattimore, and he's not the type of player that can just be replaced. South Carolina isn't very deep at the position to begin with, so the running game is going to suffer in Lattimore's absence, as will South Carolina as a whole.

Lattimore was replaced by Brandon Wilds on Saturday, and he'll likely be seeing a lot more carries in the coming weeks.

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Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 3:28 pm

Status of Eric Stephens' knee not looking good

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas Tech running back Eric Stephens had to be carted off the field during the third quarter of Tech's 45-40 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday night after suffering a knee injury. A&M's Damontre Moore dove into Stephens' knee after he dropped a pass along the sideline and then rolled over on top of it. It was the type of injury that looked really bad when it happened, and there's not much reason to think the diagnosis will be much better.

As of Monday afternoon, Stephens' knee was still too swollen to undergo an MRI, but even without the MRI head coach Tommy Tuberville didn't sound very optimistic about the situation.

"It's not good, there's lots of damage. Hopefully, we'll get him back in spring ball," Tuberville said on Monday.

Hoping to get him back in spring ball is a pretty good indication that Stephens won't be returning this season, and that's a pretty big blow to the Texas Tech offense.

Stephens had already rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on the night before leaving in the third quarter due to the injury, and has rushed for 570 yards and 8 touchdowns in five games. He's also caught 15 passes for 128 yards. Freshman DeAndre Washington would likely replace Stephens as the starting running back, and he's rushed for 107 yards on 22 carries this season.
Posted on: October 9, 2011 10:30 pm

Tyler Bray out for six weeks with broken thumb

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Tennessee's bowl hopes took a hit this week with the announcement that QB Tyler Bray will miss most, if not all, of the rest of the regular season. Bray suffered a broken thumb in the 4th quarter of the Vols' 20-12 loss to Georgia on Saturday, and according to RapidReporter Daniel Lewis, the team expects Bray to miss six weeks with the injury.

The injury puts a halt to what had begun as a brilliant sophomore campaign for the Vols' signal-caller; Bray is currently ranked 11th in the nation in passing efficiency, having thrown for 1579 yards, 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions on 116-176 passing for the year.

Matt Simms came on in relief of Bray during Saturday's loss, and he wasn't bad; coming into the game cold with the ball on Georgia's 23 yard line, Simms kept the touchdown drive going -- even converting a first down after an intenional grounding penalty gave Tennessee a 2nd and 25. At the same time, it took Simms seven plays to get those 23 yards. Yes, that's a small sample size, but we're still not talking about a great deal of efficiency here.

If the six-week figure is accurate, that means Bray won't be healthy until the season finale, when Tennessee travels to Kentucky with what might well be bowl eligibility on the line. Tennessee is 3-2 right now, and it's unlikely (though not impossible) that the Vols get any wins out of the upcoming stretch of LSU, @Alabama, and South Carolina. If Bray's under center, perhaps that changes, but he won't be. At an rate, if Tennessee loses its next three, it's 3-5, and needing to get three wins out of Middle Tennesse State, @Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and the aforementioned @Kentucky. That's certainly doable, but it's going to be at least incrementally more difficult with Simms at QB until Simms proves otherwise.

So while it's pretty much a dead lock that Bray can return in time to lead Tennessee in its bowl game, it's also going to be up to Matt Simms to get the Vols there in the first place. 
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: October 4, 2011 11:16 am

Texas loses Christian Scott indefinitely

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that when Christian Scott is an old man reflecting on his college football career, 2011 won't be the highlight. The season started with Scott being suspended for the first three games of the season after attacking a woman who was trying to repossess his car. Scott was finally able to get back on the field on Saturday in Texas' win over Iowa State, but it's going to be a while before he sees any more action.

Scott injured his right wrist during the game and according to Texas trainer Kenny Boyd, Scott is out indefinitely.

Which means the Texas secondary is getting pretty thin. Scott was a backup safety, but with fellow safety Nolan Brewster announcing that he was giving up football last week, that leaves the Longhorns with a pair of freshman behind Blake Gideon and Kenny Vaccaro.

Mykkele Thompson and Sheroid Evans are now behind Gideon and Vaccaro on the depth chart, as is sophomore Adrian Phillips who has seen time at cornerback in the nickel package this season.

It's not exactly the best position to be in with the Longhorns having to face Landry Jones, Ryan Broyles and the Oklahoma passing attack this weekend.
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