Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:51 pm

Seantrel Henderson to have back surgery

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Miami will have a bit of a hole to fill on its offensive line in 2011, as it was reported on Tuesday that offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson will undergo back surgery.

The surgery will take place on August 8th, and there is no timetable on Henderson's return. Still, considering that it's back surgery, it's possible that Henderson may miss the entire season. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Steve Gorten, Brandon Washington will move from right guard to right tackle to replace Henderson.

Henderson was one of the top recruits in the nation in 2010, and was named a Freshman All-American after starting nine games for the Hurricanes in 2010. He began complaining about back pain during the spring, and it continued during the offseason.

Henderson was already suspended for the Hurricanes' season-opener against Maryland
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:28 pm

Syracuse's Gulley out of hospital

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The last week hasn't been very kind to the Syracuse football program. Wide receiver Marcus Sales was arrested on a number of different drug charges, and in scarier news, running back Prince-Tyson Gulley suffered multiple stab wounds during a fight on campus. Thankfully for Gulley, he's now been released from the hospital.

Gulley left the hospital over the weekend and is at home recovering with his father. It's expected that he'll return to Syracuse some time this week before camp begins on Friday, though nobody knows when he'll be able to return to the field, or what kind of punishment -- if any -- he faces for the incident.

Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said he's talked to Gulley since the incident, but he hasn't gone into any detail into what kind of consequences there will be for Gulley or Sales, saying it'll be handled internally.

Gulley suffered stab wounds to the back and arms after a fight broke out at a party following a group of non-students showing up at the party on campus.

Gulley only had 13 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown last season, but did return 30 kicks for 633 yards and is expected to play a much larger role in the Syracuse offense this season. 
Posted on: July 21, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 4:54 pm

SDSU's receiving corps takes a big blow

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There were a lot of questions facing San Diego State this season coming off of a bowl appearance, and perhaps none of them were bigger than trying to figure out how the Aztecs would replace the production of their top two receivers from 2010: Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson. That question just got a lot harder to answer on Thursday when we learned that San Diego State would be without both Dominique Sandifer and Jay Waddell for the entire 2011 season.

SDSU’s most experienced returning receiver, junior Dominique Sandifer, has been ruled out for the coming season with a knee injury suffered during offseason drills. Redshirt freshman receiver Jay Waddell also hurt his knee in the offseason and will be out for the year.

Looking at the bright side of it, head coach Rocky Long said, “We don’t see it as a big blow because we had inexperienced receivers anyway.”

“They were all going to be given a chance in the fall,” Long said. “The ones that played the best were going to get a chance to play. I don’t think situation has changed dramatically whatsoever.”

Long may have a point in his response to the news, but no matter how he tries to brush it off, this is still a big blow to the Aztecs offense. Sandifer may not have had a lot of experience in his career, but he's still the most experienced receiver San Diego State has after making 23 catches for 263 yards last season. He was also slated to be the Aztecs' deep threat in 2011, and while tight end Gavin Escobar will be a useful target for quarterback Ryan Lindley, he's not exactly going to stretch the field.

The upcoming season is going to be an important one for the Aztecs. Even though Brady Hoke left for Michigan, the expectations with the program are high enough that a second consecutive bowl appearance is the expectation. With Lindley, Ronnie Hillman and Walter Kazee all back, the Aztecs had the weapons on offense to ensure that it would happen again provided that the inexperienced receiving corps stepped up.

Now that Sandifer has been lost, along with Waddell, nobody can be sure what will happen to a passing attack that finished 12th in the nation in yards per game last season.  

Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 4:16 pm

Mike Riley 'encouraged' by Rodgers' progress

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There are a lot of questions about Oregon State heading into 2011, but perhaps none asked more than what the status for wide receiver/returner James Rodgers is. Rodgers tore ligaments in his left knee during an Oregon State win over Arizona on October 9th when he was pulled down from behind after scoring a touchdown. He's had two surgeries on the knee since, and his status for 2011 has been up in the air.

However, in a recent talk with The Portland Tribune's Kerry Eggers, Oregon State head coach Mike Riley did give Beaver fans a reason to be somewhat optimistic. While Riley himself isn't sure what Rodgers' availability will be this year, he is encouraged by what he's seen lately.

“James is on a treadmill, jogging, walking without a limp," Riley told Eggers. "He can jog out on the field. I’m encouraged, although conservatively. I don’t want to put any unreasonable or unknowledgeable expectations. The doctor thinks he’ll be ready to play football this season. He thought James might be a little late getting into camp, but he didn’t put any more restrictions on it than that.” 

If the doctors feel that Rodgers should be able to play this season, that's always a good sign. Though it should be noticed that Riley did not go into detail as to when this season Rodgers would be ready. All we can speculate with a fair amount of certainty at this point is that Rodgers won't be able to participate in camps before the season. 

Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:00 pm

Concussion ends Sooner DT's career

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma's defensive line got a bit thinner on Thursday as the school announced that rising sophomore defensive tackle Daniel Noble will no longer play football for Oklahoma, or anybody else. Noble worked his way into the Sooners' defensive line rotation last season as a freshman, but suffered a concussion against Iowa State. Noble missed the rest of the season due to the concussion, and though he returned for spring practice, a setback kept him out of Oklahoma's spring game.

Now, with the effects of the concussion still lingering, Noble has decided to put an end to his football career.

“He's still having trouble,” Bob Stoops told The Oklahoman. “He was a strong, young guy that did well. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to get past the injury.” 

This news leaves Oklahoma with only three returning defensive tackles that have any playing experience: Casey Walker, Stacy McGee and Jamarkus McFarland. Redshirt freshman Torrea Peterson is the likely candidate to replace Noble in Oklahoma's rotation. 
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:07 pm

Arizona's Mobley tears his ACL

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As of this moment, the A in ACL stands for anterior. I propose we change it to Arizona.

Arizona defensive lineman Willie Mobley has suffered a torn ACL while playing basketball in the student rec center and will have to undergo surgery on it. Arizona confirmed the injury on Monday. Mobley is the fourth Wildcat to tear an ACL this spring, joining starting safety Adam Hall, starting linebacker Jake Fischer and reserve running back Greg Nwoko. Throw in a couple of torn ACLs over at rival Arizona State, and it suddenly seems that the dry heat of Arizona is murder on knee ligaments.

If there is any silver lining in this for Arizona it's that Mobley was not expected to be a starter for the Wildcats this season, so at least Mike Stoops' defense isn't down three starters. Mobley did play in 10 games last season, though, racking up 7 tackles, 1.5 for a loss and half a sack. He was projected to backup Justin Washington this year.

Still, this does take away depth on the defensive line, and if I were Mike Stoops right now, I'd probably institute a rule mandating all my players wear knee braces at all times. Also, no more basketball at the rec center. 

Posted on: April 25, 2011 11:23 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 11:24 pm

Miss. St. WR breaks jaw in altercation

Posted by Tom Fornelli

How did you spend your holiday weekend? Personally I just hung around the house and watched a whole lot of sports. Which is a much different story than the one Mississippi State wide receiver Chris Smith would tell you if he wasn't having so much trouble talking right now. It seems Smith found himself in the middle of some kind of "altercation" this weekend, and he has himself a broken jaw to show for it.

Smith, a rising junior, will undergo surgery Tuesday in Columbus and is not expected to miss workouts or fall practice, a team spokesman confirms. The altercation occurred Saturday, MSU coach Dan Mullen said when reached by telephone Monday night. Details surrounding the altercation were not immediately known. A request seeking a possible police report from the Meridian Police Department was not fulfilled Monday evening.

“We’re still investigating all the events around what happened,” Mullen said.

I see a whole lot of milkshakes in Smith's future, which seems pretty awesome until you remember he has a broken jaw.

Smith didn't get a lot of playing time in 2010, though he did finish the season strong for the Bulldogs and is expected to get more playing time in 2011. After not doing much of anything all year, Smith caught 13 passes for 165 yards in Mississippi State's final three games.

Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:49 pm

Wisconsin loses Curt Phillips for 2011

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On the same day that Wisconsin wrapped up spring practice with its spring game, the Badgers found out that they'll be without one of their quarterbacks for the entire 2011 season. Curt Phillips had to undergo surgery on his right knee on Saturday, his third procedure on the knee, and the school announced his season was over.

While neither Wisconsin nor Bret Bielema would not go into specifics on Phillips' surgery, he did need to undergo surgery in March of 2010 after tearing the ACL in his right knee. The same ACL he tore a second time during a practice on November 9 of 2010. Odds are that the ACL is to blame for this latest setback. 

Making matters worse for the senior-to-be, Phillips already used his redshirt season during his first year in Madison, and will have to seek a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA to be eligible for one more season in 2012.

As for how this effects Wisconsin, it's not good. Though Phillips wasn't slated to be the starter in 2011, he was expected to back up redshirt sophomore Jon Budmayr. This latest setback leaves the Badgers with only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in Budmayr and redshirt freshman Joe Brennan. Neither of whom lit the world on fire during Saturday's scrimmage.

Phillips has completed 7 of 12 passes for 65 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in his Wisconsin career. All of which came during the 2009 season.

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