Posted on: October 1, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 3:07 pm

Wisconsin DE Gilbert out with broken foot

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Seventh-ranked Wisconsin's defense will be at less than full strength for today's game against No. 8 Nebraska, as starting defensive end David Gilbert has suffered a broken foot. Not only will Gilbert miss today's game, it appears most of the regular season is now in doubt as well.

Wisconsin RapidReporter Tamira Madsen has the news on Gilbert, and it's not good:

DE David Gilbert suffered a broken foot and will be sidelined six to eight weeks, a source with ties to Gilbert told the Wisconsin State Journal. Gilbert, a starter who leads the team with three sacks, apparently suffered the injury this week. Either Patrick Muldoon or Brendan Kelly likely will start Saturday against Nebraska.

Gilbert's loss is bad news for a Wisconsin defense that has looked vulnerable at times both this year and last (though with such a high-powered offense, it's easy not to notice). Gilbert's not an All-American or anything, but he is an incremental improvement over both Muldoon and Kelly, so Wisconsin's front seven is going to need account for his loss. And being that Nebraska's option offense relies so much on attacking the free defensive end and forcing fast decisions, Gilbert's replacement is about to be baptized by fire tonight.

Unfortunately for Gilbert, though he's still a true junior, the injury comes about a week too late. If the broken foot kept Gilbert out for the rest of the season, he would be eligible for a medical redshirt if he had only participated in three games. Since we're past the fourth week of play, that option looks to be out the window.

At the same time, this is a 6-8 week injury, not 6-8 months, so it's easily possible that Gilbert could get back on the field right when Wisconsin needs him the most: the Big Ten Championship (if Wisconsin is involved) and whatever bowl the Badgers are invited to. So even if a medical redshirt were on the table, it's possible that head coach Bret Bielema would want to get Gilbert back on the field as soon as possible.

Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: September 28, 2011 11:48 am

Kenny Stills will play this weekend

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills has spent a lot of time on the sidelines this season. He missed Oklahoma's opener against Tulsa due to a suspension, and was held out of the Sooners win against Missouri on Saturday due to a concussion. In between he did play against Florida State and made the game-winning touchdown catch, so when he's been able to get on the field, he's been productive.

Which is bad news for Ball State, because Stills will be playing for Oklahoma this weekend. He also has a new plan of how to deal with injuries so that he doesn't have to miss any more time this year.

He's going to keep his mouth shut.

"I learned a lesson. I should keep my mouth shut. If I want to be in the game I shouldn't be saying anything. I want to be on the field at all costs," Stills joked on Tuesday.

Stills complained of headaches last week, which is what led Oklahoma doctors to hold him out of the game with the concussion despite Stills begging to play. He made the statement about keeping his mouth shut with a smile on his face, so hopefully he doesn't actually mean he'll hide injuries from the doctors in the future.

Though if we see him wandering aimlessly on the field during a game, I guess we'll know he wasn't.
Posted on: September 27, 2011 6:36 pm

Dan Persa to start for Northwestern this week

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's been nearly eleven months, but for Northwestern fans, the wait to see Dan Persa take the field is finally over. Persa, a senior quarterback from Bethlehem, PA, is set to finally return from a ruptured ACL this Saturday as Northwestern opens up its conference schedule against Illinois.

"I fully anticipate that Dan will play," coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "How much and all those things are to be determined in how the week goes. ... He's not only mentally ready, he's chomping at the bit to play."

Persa will be stepping back in for Kain Colter, the sophomore signal-caller who started all three games this season. Colter led the Wildcats to wins against Boston College and Eastern Illinois in Northwestern's first two contests, but the Wildcat offense sputtered in a 21-14 loss to Army in Week 3. Northwestern had a bye week last Saturday.

Persa's return, barring an unforeseen setback between now and Saturday, should have an immediate impact on what has been an inconsistent Northwestern offensive attack. Persa was second only to Wisconsin senior QB Scott Tolzein in passing efficiency among Big Ten quarterbacks last year, ranking ninth nationally, and he led the nation by completing 73.5% of his passes. Persa also led the Wildcats in rushing yards during the 2010 regular season, stepping in to cover for a running game that didn't find a consistent tailback until the emergency of Mike Trumpy late in the year.

Of course, that production all happened when Persa had two healthy legs, and while Persa's recovery has progressed to the point that he's being allowed to play ball again -- like, he's not going to be limping substantially with concerned trainers begging him to get off the field -- he's still going to have to play a different style of ball as he relearns to use and trust that leg in competition. That's not an immediate process, no matter how smart or brave any athlete is, but it's also not forever, so again, barring any major setbacks, we expect Persa to be as dynamic as ever by the end of this season and beyond.
Posted on: September 22, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: September 22, 2011 11:40 am

Kansas shuts down WR Daymond Patterson

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If last week's loss against Georgia Tech taught us anything about Kansas, it's that the Jayhawks defense is terrible. The unit gave up 64 points and 768 total yards as the Yellow Jackets literally ran it over. If that performance is any indication, for the Jayhawks to have a winning season, they're going to have to score a lot of points.

A task that got a bit harder on Wednesday when head coach Turner Gill announced that the team would be shutting down wide receiver Daymond Patterson for the rest of the season thanks to a groin injury.

“It’s tough, but it’s what’s best,” Gill told the Kansas City Star. “You don’t want to have a senior year where you are only able to play half of the season. That’s really what it came down to“Yeah, he could maybe come back at some time during the season. … We won’t know how long it would take him to come back at 100 percent.”

Patterson injured his groin in Kansas' season-opening win over McNeese State. He led the Jayhawks in receiving in 2010, making 60 catches for 487 yards last season. He's expected to take a medical redshirt this year, allowing him one more season of eligibility in 2012.
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:56 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 11:57 am

Garrett Gilbert is done for the season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

When Garrett Gilbert looks back on his life 50 years from now, it's safe to say that the month of September 2011 will not be one he looks on all that fondly. Not only did Gilbert lose his job as Texas' starting quarterback following a terrible performance against Rice earlier this month, but now it seems that any chance Gilbert had of taking his starting role back is gone.

According to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, Gilbert underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday and he's going to miss the rest of the season.

The injury apparently occurred during the Rice game.

While this isn't good news for Texas, it's not as bad as it could have been. The loss of Gilbert just means that the Longhorns will have to stick with Case McCoy and David Ash for the rest of the season, and that combination wasn't too bad against UCLA on Saturday. McCoy has taken most of the snaps, and since coming in for Gilbert against Rice, McCoy has completed 19 of his 25 passes for 225 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Posted on: September 19, 2011 3:11 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 3:12 pm

Stanford loses Shayne Skov for the season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Stanford got the news it was fearing since Saturday night when linebacker Shayne Skov had to leave the team's 37-10 win over Arizona during the second quarter.

Skov is going to miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. What exactly the injury is, the school did not mention it in its release.

This is a big blow for the Stanford defense. What Andrew Luck is to the Stanford offense, that is what Skov has been to the Stanford defense. Through the first three games of the year, Skov led the Cardinal defense with 19 tackles, and he didn't even play the last two and half quarters this weekend. Skov led Stanford in tackles last season, with 84 and also had 7.5 sacks.

Skov will likely be replaced by freshman James Vaughters, whom the coaching staff has high hopes for, but odds are David Shaw and company didn't want to have to rely on Vaughters this early in his college career.

The good news for Stanford and Vaughters is that the team is off this week before taking on UCLA on October 1st, so at least they'll have an extra week of practice to prepare for life without Skov.
Posted on: September 19, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 12:05 pm

Iowa State mascot suffers broken arm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa State got off to a 3-0 start to the season for the first time since 2005 after beating UConn on Friday night, but it appears the team did not return from Connecticut unscathed. The team's mascot, Cy, suffered a broken arm during the game. How he suffered that broken arm is also in question.

According to the police report, there was no foul play involved, and Zane Brugenhemke merely tripped on the stairs while wearing the mascot uniform.

“The police determined there was no physical altercation tied to the event and no charges were filed,” UConn athletic department spokesman Mike Enright told the Hartford Courant. “Instead, it was determined that the injuries were caused when the student in the mascot costume tripped down the stairs. These facts were confirmed by the student mascot in an interview with police.” 

Now Brugenhemke told police during the interview that he tripped on his own, but on his Facebook page he had a different story. That's where, after posting the photo of himself with an arm in a sling, Brugenhemke claims a UConn fan "pushed me out of the stands...eight foot drop onto concrete." Then there was another witness report from a local fire official who told the state police that Brugenhemke had gone into the stands to celebrate, and after his wing hit a student, that student then pushed Brugenhemke, causing him to fall.

So I don't know what to believe happened on Friday night. All I know for sure is that no charges have been filed due to the incident, and that a bird can't fly with a broken wing. So there will be a new person occupying the Iowa State mascot's body next week.
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: September 19, 2011 11:48 am

Tulsa's Kinne out 2-4 weeks

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Odds are that you didn't watch Tulsa's game against Oklahoma State this weekend. That's because the game did not start until after midnight local time thanks to storms in the area delaying the game for more than three hours. Tulsa would lose the game 59-33 but it wasn't the only loss the Golden Hurricanes suffered in the contest.

Quarterback G.J. Kinne left the game after suffering a knee injury in the first quarter and never returned. Kinne had scrambled for a 23-yard gain before he was hit late out of bounds by Oklahoma State's Daytawion Lowe, drawing a 15-yard personal foul penalty. It was then discovered on Sunday afternoon that Kinne had suffered a Grade II MCL tear in his left knee, and he's going to miss two to four weeks.

“(After 2-4 weeks), you can heal enough where you can put someone in a brace and play them safely,” Keith Stanley, a sports medicine physician at Tulsa Bone and Joint Associates told the Tulsa World. “You still have to be reevaluated because people heal at different rates. It can be two weeks or four weeks. Occasionally, it will take longer.” 

Kinne had thrown for 525 yards and 5 touchdowns this season before suffering the injury, and he's coming off a season in which he threw for 3,650 yards and 31 touchdowns for Tulsa. He'll be replaced by freshman Kalen Henderson, who completed 6 of 20 passes for 104 yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions after stepping in for Kinne on Sunday morning.
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