10/04/2011 11:11 PM
October 4, 2011
Arizona State…The anchor of the Sun Devil OL, C sr. Garth Gerhart, limped off of the Sun Devil Stadium field last Saturday vs. Oregon State in the first half with a twisted ankle and did not return to the fray. ASU's offense struggled somewhat in his absence, with a handful of bad snaps to QB Brock Osweiler helping to short-circuit a few drives, although the Sun Devils won anyway, 35-20.
Bowling Green... The Falcons were a bit shorthanded for their trip to Morgantown last week, as top rusher Anthon Samuel (leg injury; 414 YR and 6.8 ypc. helped by an earlier 96-yard TD run) and top receiver Eugene Cooper (academic issues; 21 catches thru first four games) were both absent in the lopsided 55-10 loss to WVU.
BYU... Cougars could have a QB controversy brewing as soph Jake Heaps was pulled last Friday vs. Utah State in favor of senior Riley Nelson, a onetime Utah transfer who began his career at USU in 2006. Nelson, who was splitting time early in 2010 with Heaps, led a late Cougar comeback with a pair of 4th Q TD passes, including the game-winner to Marcus Mathews (via a tip) in the final seconds of a 27-24 Cougar. No word from HC Bronco Mendenhall who might be starting this week vs. San Jose State.
Florida... Check status of QB John Brantley, who had completed 10 of 16 passes before twisting his knee and ankle just before halftime of last Saturday's 38-10 loss to Alabama. The game got out of hand in the second half when Brantley was sidelined and HC Will Muschamp inserted touted true frosh Jeff Driskel, who completed only 2 of 6 passes in Charlie Weis' offense. An extended absence of Brantley would hurt the Gators, who must travel to LSU this week.
Indiana... Starting QB Edward Wright-Baker, nursing a sore knee, missed last week's game vs. Penn State, although some Big Ten observers believe first-year HC Kevin Wilson was ready to hand the job to RS soph Dusty Kiel anyway after he led a belated fourth-quarter rally the previous week at North Texas. Kiel went the distance vs. the Nittany Lions but wasn't overly impressive, completing 22 of 45 for 182 yards as once again the Hoosiers could not score a TD until the 4th Q of an eventual 16-10 loss.
Kansas State... Touted Tennessee transfer RB Bryce Brown, who was expected to do big things for the Wildcats this season, was a no-show at team practices last week and for the game vs. Baylor. Personal issues are being cited as the official reason, although Brown had relinquished most of his carries to 5'8 dynamo John Hubert, who ran for 166 yards in the Sept. 24 win at Miami-Florida and another 57 YR last week vs. the Bears from Waco. Rough-hewn QB Collin Klein led all K-State rushers with 113 yards in last week's thrilling 36-35 win over Art Briles' Baylor side.
Kentucky... HC Joker Phillips looks like he wants to pull ineffective starting QB Morgan Newton, who struggled again last week at LSU when completing only 6 of 20 passes for 57 yards in the Cats' 35-7 loss. Frosh backup Maxwell Smith, however, doesn't appear ready to contribute after completing only 1 of 5 passes in his short stint before Newton got another chance in the late going and led a belated TD drive in the final minutes that at least gave UK the spread cover at Baton Rouge.
LSU... Former starting QB Jordan Jefferson has been reinstated to the Tigers team after charges against him resulting from a bar fight on August 19 were reduced to a misdemeanor. Jefferson then saw limited action last weekend vs. Kentucky, and even scored a TD on his first snap on 1-yard run, although HC Les Miles insists he has no inclination to rotate QBs or bench starter Jarrett Lee, who completed only 8 of 21 passes butt for 169 yards in the 35-7 win over UK.
Louisville... Starting QB Will Stein's shoulder injury suffered Sept. 17 vs. Kentucky forced him to be scratched from last Saturday's 17-13 loss to Marshall. Unlike vs. the Wildcats, however, true frosh Teddy Bridgewater did not come to the rescue vs. the Thundering Herd, suffering a pair of picks and being held to just 16 YR on 15 carries in the 4-point loss.
Minnesota... The season has gone pear-shaped for the Gophers, already losers at home to New Mexico State and North Dakota State and whose first-year coach Jerry Kill was admitted to the hospital for the second time in less than three weeks with another bout of seizures prior to last week's game at Michigan. Kill was released from the hospital and coached last Saturday's game at Michigan, but maybe wished he hadn't in a 58-0 loss. Minny had to go the whole way with true frosh Max Shortell at QB after starter MarQueis Gray was ruled out with an injured toe on his left foot. Shortell completed only 11 of 22 passes and was sacked three times as the Gophers failed to convert any of their eleven third-down chances at Ann Arbor.
Ole Miss...Maybe Houston Nutt has found his QB. Juco redshirt Randall Mackey became the Rebs' third starter at the position this season last Saturday at Fresno State, passing for 214 yards and running for 35 more while providing a heretofore absent spark to the Ole Miss attack in a 38-28 win over the Bulldogs.
Nevada...PK Anthony Martinez missed last Saturday's game at Boise State with a hip injury, although strong-legged RS frosh Allen Hardison, a prep soccer standout, filled in admirably with a field goal in the 30-10 loss to the Broncos. Wolf Pack was also minus RS frosh QB Cody Fajardo, who suggested at a much longer look from HC Chris Ault when running for 139 yards at Texas Tech Sept. 24, due to shoulder injury. Third-stringer Mason Magleby tossed Nevada's only score of the day with a 53-yarder to Rishard Mathews in the last minute of the 20-point loss.
New Mexico... HC Mike Locksley was dismissed shortly after the Lobos' 48-45 OT loss to Sam Houston State on Sept. 24. Locksley, who had earlier survived a couple of unwelcome off-field incidents, was canned by AD Paul Krebs after not only the loss to the FCS Bearkats, but because a 19-year-old family friend was charged with DWI while driving a car registered to Locksley. "I just didn't see a good ending to the story," said AD Krebs after the dismissal. Defensive coordinator George Barlow will be the interim HC for the rest of 2011. although his regime began very inauspiciously with a 42-28 loss to rival new Mexico State last Saturday, UNM's third loss in a row to the Aggies.
New Mexico State... The Aggies, who had already lost QB Andrew Manley for the season with a knee injury, were also minus top WR Taveon Rogers (19 receptions and nearly 20 yards per catch, plus 26.3 per kick return) last Saturday at New Mexico. But it was all no problem for the Aggies, who rolled to a 42-28 win behind QB Matt Christian, who started eight games in 2010 and tossed 4 TD passes vs. the Lobos.
North Texas... Starting QB Derek Thompson was held out of last Saturday's game at Tulsa because of a lower-body injury (and we thought only the NHL referred to injuries in such general terms). Backup Andrew McNulty got the start vs. the Golden Hurricane but was picked off twice for TDs by Tulsa defenders in an eventual 41-24 loss. The Mean Green rallied late for the backdoor cover behind RS soph QB Brent Osborn, who tossed a pair of TDs in the final five minutes to make the score line a bit more flattering for UNT.. Thompson's status for FAU this week is unknown.
Northwestern... Sr. QB Dan Persa, out since last November with an Achilles tendon injury, made a triumphant return to the Cat lineup last week at Illinois when throwing 4 TD passes, but pulled himself from the game late in the 4th Q when apparently re-aggravating the injury. Backup Kain Colter was in for NU in its belated final drive of a bitter 38-35 loss to the Illini.
Ohio State... Beleaguered interim HC Luke Fickell, whose assignment is doubtful to last beyond this season, has suggested that he might re-open the QB derby prior to this week's game at Nebraska. And that would include RS soph Kenny Guiton and RS frosh Taylor Graham in the mix along with sr. Joe Bauserman and true frosh Braxton Miller. All in the wake of last Saturday's ugly 10-7 home loss to Michigan State when the struggling Braxton was pulled in the second half. Bauserman fared only slightly better, completing 7 of 14 passes, but did contribute to OSU's only TD of the day on a 33-yard TD pass with 10 seconds to play. The Buckeyes managed just 178 yards of offense vs. the nation's top-ranked defense from East Lansing.
Oregon State... RB Malcolm Agnew, who gained 223 yards in the opening shock loss to Sac State but was subsequently sidelined by a pulled hamstring, missed his third straight game last Saturday when the Beavers lost at Arizona State by a 35-20 count.
Penn State... Joe Paterno's QB merry-go-round continued last week at Indiana as Shades rotated Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin with little success until McGloin, in his second chance of the game, fired a 74-yard TD pass to Derek Moye immediately upon re-entering the game in the 3rd Q of an eventual 16-10 win over the Hoosiers.
Rutgers…QB controversy in East Brunswick? Maybe after touted true frosh Gary Nova relieved ineffective starter Chas Dodd in the second half last Saturday at Syracuse and promptly paced the Scarlet Knights to a heart-stopping 19-16 double-OY win. Nova completed 14 of 24 passes and a TD and led a late Rutgers rally at the Carrier Dome. Nova figured to get some snaps regardless vs. the Orange, but sources say HC Greg Schiano might be contemplating a starting QB switch to Nova. Stay tuned.
Tennessee... With star soph WR Justin Hunter out for the season with a knee injury suffered Sept. 17 at Florida, soph Da'Rick Rogers stepped up last weekend vs. Buffalo, catching 7 passes for 179 yards and 2 TDs from QB Tyler Bray in the Vols' 41-10 win.
TCU... RB Ed Wesley returned to the lineup last week vs. SMU for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury in the opener at Baylor. Wesley looked fine when rumbling for 96 yards on 12 carries, but the mistake-prone Frogs were ambushed by their Metroplex neighbors in OT, 40-33.
UAB... Starting QB Bryan Ellis, who suffered a concussion the previous week at East Carolina, was held out of last week's game at Troy. Although backup Jonathan Perry fared decently as he had the previous week vs. the Pirates, completing 19 of 38 passes and putting the Blazers in position for an upset win before two late Trojan scores gave Troy a 24-23 win. UAB has handily covered the point-spread in its last two games with Perry at the controls.
Utah... Ute QB Jordan Wynn suffered an injury to his non-throwing (left) shoulder near the end of the first half last Saturday vs. Washington. Backup Jon Hays went the entire second half for the Utes, who lost contact with the Huskies in an eventual 31-14 U-Dub romp. Utah was held scoreless with hays at the controls until a TD pass in the final minute of play. The status of Wynn, who endured serious surgery on his other shoulder (the one that throws) after last season, was unknown as of Sunday for this week's game vs. Arizona State.
Virginia...HC Mike London might be moving toward a permanent change at QB as true frosh David Watford again impressed off the bench in relief of starter Michael Rocco in last Saturday's narrow 21-20 OT escape vs. Idaho at Charlottesville. The Cavs were also minus top RB Kevin Parks (271 YR) for last week's cliffhanger vs. the feisty Vandals.
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