10/07/15 - C.J. Johnson, rSr, Mississippi, 6-1, 228 (DS#17 ILB)[Newsfeed] Mississippi linebacker C.J. Johnson had surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior has started four games this season, making 17 tackles and grabbing two interceptions. School spokesman Kyle Campbell confirmed Johnson's surgery on Tuesday and said the linebacker is expected to need four to six weeks to recover. Johnson's injury is the latest blow to a defense that's already missing defensive tackle Issac Gross and safety Tony Conner. Gross is out for the season because of a neck injury while Conner is also recovering from a torn meniscus and will likely miss at least a few more weeks. No. 14 Ole Miss (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) hosts New Mexico State (0-4) on Saturday in a non-conference game. - AP Sports
10/07/15 - Karl Joseph, Sr, West Virginia, 5-11, 197 (DS#3 SS)[Newsfeed] West Virginia loses S Joseph to knee injury ...West Virginia will be without one of its top players for the remainder of the season after standout safety Karl Joseph suffered a knee injury during a non-contact drill in practice on Tuesday. The Mountaineers announced Wednesday that Joseph, a senior who was a first-team All-Big 12 player in 2014, has played his last college game. Joseph was tied for the FBS lead in interceptions with five. Three of those came in West Virginia's season opener against Georgia Southern. He was named the Big 12 player of the week and national player of the week by the Football Writers Association of America after his performance in that game.
"I am devastated and heartbroken for Karl," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. "He is a young man who has given everything he has to our football program and university over the past four years and who elected to return to WVU for his senior season to earn his degree and to be a part of something special with this team. He exemplifies what it means to be a Mountaineer." Joseph is listed as the No. 4 strong safety prospect in 2016 by NFLDraftScout.com. "Karl is an All-American, a fierce competitor, a leader and I know he will have a full recovery, and I can't wait to watch him on Sundays next fall," Holgorsen said. Joseph started 42 games during his career and logged 284 tackles, 16 1/2 tackles for loss, two sacks, nine interceptions, 14 pass breakups, eight forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. - The Sports Xchange
10/06/15 - John Robertson, rSr, Villanova, 6-1, 221 (DS#16 QB)[Newsfeed] A trip down south is usually embraced by someone living in the Northeast. Just not when it's a visit to Dr. James Andrews. The famed orthopedic surgeon has recommended that Villanova senior quarterback John Robertson not return to the playing field this season because of the torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, and Wildcats coach Andy Talley said Monday that the 2014 FCS Player of the Year's college career is over. "No, he is not able to come back," Talley said on the weekly CAA Football coaches call. "He went down to see Dr. Andrews ... and he has a torn PCL. They really feel like it's non-surgical at this point, that it's best that they don't operate, they just feel he can rehab it. But it's going to be a good six months' rehab. "In order to be available for pro tryouts, they really feel his best option is to, obviously, not play, and rehab the knee."
Robertson, injured against Delaware on Sept. 19, accounted for 10,933 total yards (7,290 passing, 3,643 rushing) and 113 touchdowns (65 passing, 48 rushing) in his standout career. He and Brian Westbrook are the only players in Villanova history to run for 1,000 yards in a season three times. In addition to becoming the school's third different FCS Player of the Year as a junior, Robertson won national freshman of the year honors in 2012. "He's had a phenomenal career, kind of a legendary quarterback," Talley said. "It's just a shame that he didn't have a chance to put it back together again for one more year. He left his name on the sands of times at Villanova, that is for sure." - STATS FCS
10/06/15 - Myles Jack, Jr, UCLA, 6-1, 232 (DS#2 OLB)[Newsfeed] UCLA LB Jack to enter 2016 draft...Linebacker Myles Jack withdrew from UCLA and will enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Bruins coach Jim Mora said Jack, who underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in September, believes he is ready to turn pro. However, Mora questioned whether there is "enough tape" on potential top-10 pick for NFL teams to accurately assess him. Jack's injury last month was the third season-ending injury for a highly rated Bruins' defense, joining defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and cornerback Fabian Moreau.
Jack, a 6-foot-1, 245-pound junior, will have only five months before thorough medical evaluations at the NFL Combine in February, which are vital for his draft projection as team doctors are able to give scouts and general managers an update on his rehab. But there are recent examples of teams looking past the present medical evaluation and betting on that player's future. Georgia's Todd Gurley tore his ACL last November and was unable to work out for NFL teams prior to the 2015 NFL Draft, but he chose to leave school early and because his rehab went smoothly, the Rams drafted the running back 10th overall. - The Sports Xchange
10/05/15 - RJ Williamson, rSr, Michigan State, 6-0, 215 (DS#5 SS)[Newsfeed] Michigan State defensive back RJ Williamson will miss an extended period of time after having surgery Sunday on a torn bicep. The fourth-ranked Spartans have had to deal with several major injuries this season. Linebacker Ed Davis, defensive back Vayante Copeland and offensive lineman Dennis Finley are out for the season, and offensive lineman Jack Conklin and tight end Josiah Price also went down with injuries recently. Williamson, a fifth-year senior, has intercepted two passes this season. Michigan State plays at Rutgers on Saturday night. - AP Sports
10/05/15 - Mario Ojemudia, Sr, Michigan, 6-3, 252 (DS#26 DE)[Newsfeed] Achilles injury ends season for Wolverines LB Ojemudia...The undefeated and 18th-ranked Michigan Wolverines have lost one of their top defenders for the rest of the season. On Monday, coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that linebacker Mario Ojemudia suffered an Achilles tendon injury during Saturday's 28-0 win over Maryland. Ojemudia is Michigan's third-leading tackler with 19 stops after five game. He's also second on the team with six tackles for loss, and second in sacks with two. Michigan (5-0) will turn to senior Royce Jenkins-Stone to take over the "buck" linebacker spot. Heading into Saturday's showdown against No. 13 Northwestern (5-0), the Wolverines defense is ranked second in the nation in scoring defense. - The Sports Xchange
10/05/15 - Corey Smith, rSr, Ohio State, 6-0, 195 (DS#27 WR)[Newsfeed] Buckeyes WR Smith out for season...Ohio State wide receiver Corey Smith is out for the season with a broken leg. Coach Urban Meyer said the key special teams player would not recover in time to contribute this season. Meyer said of the fifth-year senior "My heart bleeds for that guy. One of my favorite players." Smith had five receptions for 62 yards this season. He was injured blocking on a running play when his leg was rolled up on as Curtis Samuel was being tackled Saturday at Indiana. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/15 - Jack Conklin, rJr, Michigan State, 6-6, 318 (DS#3 OT)[Newsfeed] Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin has not dressed for the second-ranked Spartans on Saturday against Purdue. Conklin left last weekend's victory over Central Michigan with an apparent knee injury, and his status has been uncertain. Michigan State tight end Josiah Price, who was using crutches to support himself on the sideline toward the end of the CMU game, is in uniform Saturday, but he was standing on the sideline without a helmet during his team's first offensive series. Injuries have been mounting for the Spartans during the early part of this season. Michigan State has lost linebacker Ed Davis and defensive back Vayante Copeland for the season. - AP Sports
10/03/15 - Joe Jackson, rJr, North Carolina, 6-2, 225 (DS#999 OLB)[Newsfeed] North Carolina linebacker Joe Jackson has decided to stop playing football because of a neck injury. The junior from Jacksonville, Florida, was injured in the opener against South Carolina. In a statement from the school Thursday, Jackson said he had consulted with his family and doctors to make what he called "a difficult decision" to stop playing football. Jackson entered the season listed as the starting weakside linebacker and had four tackles in the opener. He played in eight games as a reserve last year. The school also said redshirt freshman safety Cameron Albright would miss the rest of the season after having microfracture surgery on his right knee earlier this month. North Carolina (3-1) is at Georgia Tech on Saturday. - AP Sports
10/03/15 - Byron Marshall, Sr, Oregon, 5-09, 202 (DS#11 WR)[Newsfeed] Ducks WR Marshall's season could be over...Oregon wide receiver Byron Marshall's season is likely over. According to multiple reports, one of the Ducks' top offensive weapons suffered a leg injury in a loss to Utah on Saturday and had surgery on Tuesday. Marshall is the only active player with 1,000-yard rushing and 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Last season, he led the Ducks with 74 receptions for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns. This season, he had compiled nine catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He also is the primary return specialist for the Ducks. Oregon will try to bounce back from the Utah loss this week when the Ducks play Colorado. - The Sports Xchange
09/30/15 - Kendall Fuller, Jr, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 197 (DS#4 CB)[Newsfeed] Hokies lose projected 1st round CB Kendall Fuller to knee surgery...What had been expected to be a terrific 2016 class of cornerbacks took a significant hit Tuesday with the news that Virginia Tech junior Kendall Fuller has opted for season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. "Kendall was very determined to compete for as long as he could with this injury," Frank Beamer said in a statement released via Virginia Tech's official Twitter feed. "While we are all disappointed that he is sidelined for the remainder of the season, we know Kendall will approach his rehab with a positive attitude and will continue to contribute to our team with his knowledge and leadership." The injury was originally suffered in the preseason, according to Hokies defensive secondary coach Torrian Gray.
"Just got out of practice so I hadn't heard exactly if he's gotten surgery or how it turned out and what's the expected return time," Gray said, according to Andy Bitter, the Virginia Tech beat writer for The Roanoke Times and Roanoke.com. "It's something he tried to battle through as long as he can," Gray said. "And him being a gamer and wanting to play. It just didn't progress." Fuller, entered the year regarded by some talent evaluators as one of the safest prospects in the country. He was often described as the most gifted of a family that included former Virginia Tech standouts and current NFL players Vincent, Corey and Kyle Fuller. He'd earned ACC Defensive Freshman Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and First Team all-conference accolades after last season and currently projects as a first round pick, ranking 12th overall on NFLDraftScout.com's board, regardless of position. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/29/15 - Scooby Wright III, Jr, Arizona, 6-0, 246 (DS#4 ILB)[Newsfeed] Arizona LB Wright out with sprained foot...Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, the Pac-12 defensive player of the year last season, has been hit with another injury that will sideline him awhile. Wright returned for Saturday's game against UCLA after being sidelined for three weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery to repair an injury suffered in the Sept. 3 opener against Texas-San Antonio. However, Wright suffered a right foot sprain against the Bruins that is expected to sideline him for several more weeks, according to Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez. Rodriguez had feared that Wright's foot was broken, but an MRI revealed it was sprain. Also, Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon suffered a concussion against UCLA and is day-to-day, according to Rodriguez. - The Sports Xchange
09/29/15 - Jon Hilliman, So, Boston College, 6-0, 224 (DS#12 RB)[Newsfeed] Boston College RB Hilliman sidelined indefinitely...Boston College starting tailback Jon Hilliman had foot surgery on Sunday and will be out for an extended period, Eagles head coach Steve Addazio said Monday. Hilliman rushed for a season-high 119 yards in Saturday's 17-14 victory over Northern Illinois before leaving the game with the injury. Hilliman ran for 880 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, and he led the team in rushing this season with 198 yards in four games. Junior Tyler Rouse, the team's second-leading rusher, is expected to get the start on Saturday against Duke. Boston College is 3-1, its only loss being a 14-0 defeat against Florida State. But injuries are mounting. The Eagles were already without starting quarterback Darius Wade, who was lost for the season to an injury in the Sept. 18 game against Florida State. Tailbacks Myles Willis and Marcus Outlow both sustained shoulder injuries, and their participation may be limited against Duke. - The Sports Xchange
09/28/15 - Ty Slanina, Jr, TCU, 6-0, 193 (DS#62 WR)[Newsfeed] TCU WR Slanina lost for season...TCU receiver Ty Slanina will miss the rest of the season due to a collarbone injury, according to coach Gary Patterson. Slanina suffered a broken collarbone during Saturday's victory over Texas Tech. Slanina, a junior, caught 11 passes for 134 yards prior to the injury. The Horned Frogs have experienced several injuries on the defensive side but this is the first loss of a key offensive player. - AP Sports
09/26/15 - Jon Hilliman, So, Boston College, 6-0, 224 (DS#12 RB)[Newsfeed] Troy Flutie threw a touchdown pass in his first career start and Jon Hilliman had a tiebreaking 21-yard scoring run to lift Boston College to a 17-14 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday. Flutie, the nephew of 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, a Boston College graduate, completed 5 of 11 passes for 92 yards with one interception. It was his second career TD toss. His uncle had 67 from 1981-84. Hilliman carried 24 times for 119 yards for the Eagles (3-1). Joel Bouagnon rushed for 56 yards on 16 attempts, including a 2-yard TD for Northern Illinois (2-2). Drew Hare completed 11 of 25 passes for 81 yards and Aregeros Turner took a kickoff back 86 yards for a TD. The Huskies moved to BC's 35 in the closing two minutes, but their drive stalled with three straight incompletions. It was just the second ever meeting between the schools. - AP Sports
09/26/15 - Jack Conklin, rJr, Michigan State, 6-6, 318 (DS#3 OT)[Newsfeed] Michigan State is now without both of the starting offensive tackles. Starting left tackle Jack Conklin left the Spartans' game with an apparent injury late in the first half. The Big Ten Network reported that his left knee was being examined by Michigan State's medical staff. A Michigan State spokesperson said Conklin is not expected to play in the second half, and he was seen on the field with a wrap on his left leg. His status won't be further updated until after the game. Conklin is in his third year starting at left tackle for the Spartans, and is seen as a future first-round NFL draft pick. Sophomore Dennis Finley is playing in Conklin's place at left tackle. - Kyle Austin, MLive.com
09/26/15 - Darius Hamilton, Sr, Rutgers, 6-3, 255 (DS#18 DE)[Newsfeed] Rutgers defensive tackle Darius Hamilton is out for the rest of the season with a lower body injury. The Scarlet Knights made the announcement before Saturday's game against Kansas. Hamilton missed spring practice, and was seen wearing a brace on his right knee during the team's open practice in August. After being listed as "out" on the team's initial injury report last week, Hamilton was in for about 15 plays against Penn State. Hamilton said he "was out there before I should have been out there, but that was on me. Hamilton is the son of former New York Giants player Keith Hamilton. - AP Sports
09/26/15 - Gunner Kiel, rJr, Cincinnati, 6-4, 208 (DS#4 QB)[Newsfeed] Cincinnati QB Kiel under evaluation after hit...Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel remains under evaluation Friday, one day after suffering a head injury in the Bearcats' game against Memphis. Kiel was taken off the field on a cart with his neck and head immobilized and transported to a Memphis hospital after being on the receiving end of a hit from Tigers cornerback Chauncey Lanier in the first quarter. The school said X-rays were negative. "University of Cincinnati junior quarterback Gunner Kiel traveled back to Cincinnati last night with the team following the game at Memphis," the school statement said. "His X-rays were negative. Kiel remains under evaluation by the UC medical staff and his status for the Miami (Fla.) game on Thursday Oct. 1 is undetermined at this time." This is the second consecutive game in which Kiel suffered a head injury. He was diagnosed with a concussion after his head hit the ground in last Saturday's game against Miami (Ohio). - The Sports Xchange
09/24/15 - Gunner Kiel, rJr, Cincinnati, 6-4, 208 (DS#4 QB)[Newsfeed] Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel was injured on a high hit in the first quarter of the Bearcats' game against Memphis on Thursday night. Kiel turned up field to run on a third-down play and was hit from the side by defensive back Chauncey Lanier. "Gunner is in the locker room and under medical evaluation, but he is awake and moving all four limbs," Cincinnati tweeted. Kiel's neck and head were immobilized and he was taken off the field on a cart. He was seen talking with medical personal, and was later taken to a hospital.
Lanier was initially called for targeting, but a video review showed it was shoulder-to-shoulder contact and Lanier remained in the game. Kiel returned for the game after sustaining what was initially diagnosed as a mild concussion Saturday when his head slammed into the ground in Cincinnati's victory at Miami of Ohio. Miami's Bryson Albright was called for roughing the passer on the play. Coach Tommy Tuberville said Tuesday that the quarterback had some soreness in his neck, but had improved and was cleared to play. - AP Sports
09/24/15 - Corey Clement, Jr, Wisconsin, 5-11, 219 (DS#3 RB)[Newsfeed] Wisconsin loses RB Clement for 4-6 weeks...Wisconsin running back Corey Clement will be sidelined four to six weeks with a sports hernia that requires surgery to repair. Badgers coach Paul Chryst said Thursday that Clement has been "dealing with some issues since before the (season-opening) Alabama game." "He has been undergoing treatment since that time and has seen some progress, but not to the point where our medical staff is satisfied," Chryst said. "So after consultation with our medical staff, Corey has decided to have surgery for the sports hernia. "I feel bad for Corey that this is impacting his season because I know how hard he works and how important this football team is to him. We are very confident that he will make a full recovery after the surgery and I know he will attack his rehab so he can get back on the field as soon as he can."
Clement, expected to replace Melvin Gordon this season as the team's primary running back, carried only eight times for 16 yards in Wisconsin's opening loss to Alabama and sat out the last two games. Dare Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal have take over in the backfield for Clement. Deal has rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries. Ogunbowale has 196 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 33 attempts. If Clement returns in four weeks, he would miss three Big Ten games, including matchups with rival Iowa and Nebraska. A six-week recovery would keep him off the field until a Nov. 7 conference game against Maryland. - The Sports Xchange
09/24/15 - Marques Gayot, So, Miami (FL), 6-1, 220 (DS#999 OLB)[Newsfeed] Miami LB hospitalized with neck injury, expected to make full recovery...Miami coach Al Golden was pulled from the ACC coaches teleconference Wednesday to deal with a scary medical issue as a player had to be airlifted to the hospital after suffering a neck injury in practice. Sophomore linebacker Marques Gayot is expected to make a full recovery, but he has been placed in a neck collar and will spend the night at Ryder Trauma Center "for precaution." Gayot is a reserve for the Hurricanes, with 7 tackles (2.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks on the season. Miami (3-0) is off this weekend but back in action next Thursday night at Cincinnati. This is a crucial point in the season for the Hurricanes, with Florida State (in Tallahassee), Virginia Tech and Clemson coming up in the next month. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
09/24/15 - Myles Jack, Jr, UCLA, 6-1, 232 (DS#2 OLB)[Newsfeed] Myles Jack (knee) 3rd UCLA starter lost for season...According to UCLA coach Jim Mora, Jr., Myles Jack suffered a torn anterior meniscus and will be out 4-6 months with no chance to return for a bowl game. Original Story: Another major college football star has been lost for the 2015 season due to injury, this time at UCLA. Bruins coach Jim Mora announced Wednesday that star Bruins linebacker Myles Jack will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a "significant knee injury," per the Orange County Register. Mora did not provide further specifics.
Jack was injured late in Tuesday's practice, Bruins defensive coordinator Tom Bradley told reporters. Jack underwent surgery late Tuesday night. Myles burst onto the scene as an explosive two-way freshman in 2013, playing both linebacker and running back. He concentrated on the defensive side of the ball in 2014, finishing second on the team with 87 tackles and earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors. Jack had 15 tackles, one interception, one rushing touchdown, and even one 29-yard kickoff return in helping UCLA to a 3-0 start this season. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
09/24/15 - Chuckie Keeton, rSr, Utah State, 6-1, 210 (DS#22 QB)[Newsfeed] Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton to miss 4-6 weeks with another knee injury...Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton is expected to miss at least four weeks after suffering a sprained knee, Matt Wells told reporters on Tuesday. When healthy, Keeton has been one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the Mountain West, if not all of college football. But injuries -- ACL and MCL tears in 2013 and a re-injury two games into the 2014 season -- have caused Keeton to miss 19 games over the last two seasons. Still, Keeton is currently tied for first in Utah State history for career touchdowns and ranks second in total offense. Keeton, a four-year player with no redshirt season, received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA to play for Utah State in 2015 as a fifth-year senior. Through three games in 2015, Keeton has mostly struggled, completing just 54.5 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and five interceptions. Matt Wells told reporters that sophomore quarterback Kent Myers will start in place of Keeton when the Aggies, who are off this week, play Colorado State on Oct. 3. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
09/24/15 - Carl Lawson, rSo, Auburn, 6-2, 257 (DS#2 DE)[Newsfeed] Auburn DE Carl Lawson (hip) out for 'extended period of time'...In addition to announcing a new starting quarterback, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday that defensive end Carl Lawson will miss "an extended period of time" because of a hip injury. Lawson injured his hip against Louisville in the season opener. After recording four tackles, two for a loss, and showing many of the reasons why he is so important to Auburn's defensive line, Lawson is back to where he was in 2014, missing time because of an injury.
"The injury is a little more serious than we originally thought," Malzahn said, via AL.com. "We're hopeful to get him back before the season is out. He's obviously an impact player. It's been really tough on him, especially going though last season." Auburn's defense, now under the leadership of Will Muschamp, is allowing 5.65 yards per play through three games (No. 82 in FBS). It's a disappointing start considering the addition of Muschamp and return of Lawson, one of the team's best pass rushers, was supposedly going to improve a Tigers defense that gave up 5.67 yards per play on the season in 2014. Against Mississippi State, Auburn will have to find ways to contain Dak Prescott without Lawson. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
09/24/15 - Edwin Freeman, rFr, Texas, 6-1, 238 (DS#22 OLB)[Newsfeed] Texas LB Edwin Freeman suffers shoulder injury, out 6-8 weeks...The Texas Longhorns will be without freshman linebacker Edwin Freeman for 6-8 weeks because of a shoulder injury Freeman sustained during the Longhorns' loss to Cal. Freeman is the second Texas linebacker to go down with an injury after senior Dalton Santos went out for the season with an ankle injury. That leaves the Longhorns with six healthy linebackers that have seen action this seasion in senior Peter Jinkens, junior Timothy Cole and four true freshmen: Malik Jefferson, Breckyn Hager, Anthony Wheeler and Cameron Townsend. The injury was sustained late in the second quarter against Cal, and many accused Freeman and the Texas coaching staff of faking the injury to force a stoppage in play. - Robby Kalland, CBSSports.com