08/31/15 - Antonio Morrison, Sr, Florida, 6-1, 225 (DS#12 ILB)[Newsfeed] Florida LB Morrison (knee) ready to play after 'unbelievable' recovery...The first game week of the season started with some much-needed good news on the injury front for Florida. According to Jim McElwain, Gators senior linebacker Antonio Morrison will play Saturday against New Mexico State after suffering a serious knee injury in the team's bowl game against East Carolina in January. Florida never confirmed the specifics of Morrison's injury, but McElwain said Monday that Morrison's timetable for return was initially set at 10-12 months. He completed the rehabilitation in just six months. With Morrison listed first on the Gators' depth chart and set to play, though likely not for the entire game, the starting linebacker will be back on the field just over eight months after the injury.
"Yeah, he is [ready to play]. It's unbelievable what he's done. I'm really proud of what he's done, to see him recover like this," McElwain said Monday. "It obviously won't be one of those deals where he's playing 80 or 90 plays, but at the same time, he's prepared himself and he's ready to play and we'll have a plan for that." Morrison is one of the most experienced players on defense (23 career starts) and last season not only led the team in tackles (101) but became the first Florida player to record at least 100 stops since 2010 (Ahmad Black). Morrison's return comes shortly after freshman offensive lineman Martez Ivey was sidelined by a minor knee procedure. Ivey, a former five-star prospect and potential starter at tackle, could also be back in the lineup sooner than expected, per McElwain. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/31/15 - Gus Edwards, Jr, Miami (FL), 6-1, 230 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] Miami RB Gus Edwards (foot) injured, out for 2015...Miami running back Gus Edwards will miss the entire 2015 season with a foot injury. The news comes after the 6-2, 241-pound power back missed a few practices with what was thought to be a minor injury. According to Palm Beach Post, Edwards will need surgery on his left foot. The school did not give details on the nature of his injury, only that he would miss the entire season. "Gus worked extremely hard for the last nine month to prepare for this moment," Miami coach Al Golden said. "He set a high standard and did a great job leading and being unselfish. We are tremendously disappointed for him, but we will be there with him on the road to recovery and anxiously await his return." - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/31/15 - Martez Ivey, Fr, Florida, 6-5, 305 (DS#1 OT)[Newsfeed] Florida offensive tackle Martez Ivey, the prized recruit of coach Jim McElwain's first class, is sidelined indefinitely with a leg injury. Coach Jim McElwain says Ivey will have arthroscopic surgery Friday to "get that cleaned up." McElwain declined to reveal details about Ivey's injury. It's a significant setback for the already-thin Gators. Widely regarded as the top offensive line recruit last year, Ivey likely would have started the Sept. 5 opener against New Mexico State. McElwain says the injury is "a preexisting thing that was kind of bothering him. We'll get that cleaned up. Have no idea exactly when his return will be." But McElwain says Ivey will be back: "I don't know how quickly or anything yet. It doesn't appear to be a season-ending thing or anything like that." - AP Sports
08/31/15 - LaDarrell McNeil, Sr, Tennessee, 6-1, 206 (DS#14 FS)[Newsfeed] Tennessee safety LaDarrell McNeil is out indefinitely and wide receiver Alton "Pig" Howard has been suspended for the season opener, continuing a series of preseason hits to the Volunteers' depth. Vols coach Butch Jones said Thursday that McNeil was undergoing evaluation for "neck instability" and would miss "an extended period of time." Jones said Howard was suspended from the Sept. 5 game with Bowling Green for a violation of team rules. Jones also said wide receivers Jason Croom and Vincent Perry are undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Friday without addressing a potential return date for either player. Croom missed Tennessee's TaxSlayer Bowl victory over Iowa last season with a knee injury.
The Vols did get one bit of good news Thursday with the announcement that freshman wide receiver Preston Williams had been cleared by the NCAA. Williams, rated as a five-star recruit by 247Sports and Scout, hadn't practiced with the Vols while awaiting word on his eligibility. No. 25 Tennessee already had announced guard Marcus Jackson (biceps) is likely out for the season and that defensive back Rashaan Gaulden (foot) and guard Austin Sanders (biceps) are certainly out for the year. Before the start of training camp, defensive back Devaun Swafford decided to end his career for health reasons. - AP Sports
08/31/15 - Justin Scott-Wesley, rSr, Georgia, 5-11, 201 (DS#50 WR)[Newsfeed] Georgia WR Justin Scott-Wesley's career might be over...Justin Scott-Wesley's Georgia career appears to be over. The Bulldogs' senior wide receiver told his high school coach he's "done playing," the Athens Banner-Herald reported Tuesday. Scott-Wesley suffered his third knee injury in less than two years in practice Aug. 17. Mark Richt told reporters Saturday that Scott-Wesley wouldn't be back in action for "a while, if at all." The worst-case scenario for the Georgia receiving corps seemed to be confirmed by this image and caption posted to Scott-Wesley's Instagram account Monday, in which he appears to have moved on to student coaching.
But Scott-Wesley's high school coach Dondrial Pinkins later back-tracked, saying the Georgia native may have initially spoken out of "frustration" and would continue to hope for the best with his rehab. "If he's able to play, he may play or he may just sit out," Pinkins told the Banner-Herald. "At this moment it's all dependent on how his body feels.” Scott-Wesley appeared ready to become a major part of the Georgia passing game early in the 2013 season, when he caught 16 passes for 311 yards over the Bulldogs' first five games. But he was lost for the season with an ACL tear, appeared in only six games in 2014 while battling an ankle injury, and underwent surgery this past summer for a torn meniscus. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
08/31/15 - Jonathan Williams, Sr, Arkansas, 5-11, 224 (DS#10 RB)[Newsfeed] Jonathan Williams has consistently earned the praise of teammates and coaches over the years for his selfless nature. The Arkansas running back put on his best display of that trait on Thursday while speaking publicly for the first time since suffering a left foot injury that's expected to keep him out for the entire season - and lead to his likely departure for the NFL. Williams, who led the Razorbacks with 1,190 yards rushing last season, was injured during a scrimmage almost two weeks ago - an injury that led to surgery to insert two screws to help ligaments heal. While he said the rehabilitation is expected to take 4-5 months, he still holds out the hope of being able to play at Arkansas again this season. And he was very clear, whether the plays or not, that he's still an active member of the Razorbacks, who elected him as a team captain last week.
"I'm still definitely 100 percent on this football team, so later in the season if I'm fully cleared and I feel good about being able to play and being healthy, I'll definitely try to play," Williams said. Williams said he has no regrets about bypassing the NFL draft following last season, even though he was a projected third-round pick. The senior did say, however, that while redshirting this season and returning for another year was possible, he's "most likely" headed to the professional ranks following this season. The only frustration for Williams has been working through the feeling that he let his teammates down because of his injury. - AP Sports
08/31/15 - Kurt Benkert, rSo, East Carolina, 6-3, 225 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] East Carolina says quarterback Kurt Benkert will miss the season with a knee injury that comes a week after the sophomore was named the starter. The school says Benkert felt discomfort in his right knee after Tuesday's practice, leading to further evaluation Wednesday morning. The school didn't specify the exact nature of the injury. Coach Ruffin McNeill says in a statement that he's "disappointed" for Benkert "because he has worked so hard for the opportunity." Benkert played three games behind Shane Carden. He opened training camp in a three-man battle for the starting job against junior college transfer Blake Kemp and junior Cody Keith. Keith missed two weeks of drills with a foot injury before returning Tuesday. East Carolina opens at home against Towson on Sept. 5. - AP Sports
08/31/15 - Bryon Fields, Jr, Duke, 5-11, 180 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Duke cornerback Bryon Fields will miss the season with a torn knee ligament. Coach David Cutcliffe said Wednesday that Fields tore his right anterior cruciate ligament Tuesday during practice. Cutcliffe says he has "all the confidence in the world in Bryon's dedication and perserverance" to come back. Fields was a returning starter who had 112 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery in two seasons at Duke. He did not redshirt as a freshman in 2013. - AP Sports
08/31/15 - Noah Brown, So, Ohio State, 6-2, 222 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Ohio State WR Brown breaks leg in practice...Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown, bidding for a starting job this season, suffered a broken left leg during Wednesday's practice and will undergo season-ending surgery. The surgery is scheduled for Thursday at Ohio State University Medical Center. Brown, who is from Flanders, N.J., is expected to make a full recovery. Brown was taken off the field on a cart and transported to the hospital. His teammates were somber coming off the practice field. Ohio State canceled a scheduled interview session with players and coaches. Fellow wide receiver Michael Thomas, a returning starter, tweeted, "I'm not going to give up my faith. I know the Lord has something greater for you. Just a bump in the road we have to overcome together ... NB."
The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Brown was recognized by teammates and coaches as one of the most improved players in preseason camp and was a contender for a starting wideout spot. The top-ranked Buckeyes enter their Sept. 7 opener against Virginia Tech without Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson and now Brown. Marshall, Wilson and Brown are receivers or H-backs facing suspensions for the first game for a violation of team rules. Ohio State moved former All-Big Ten quarterback on Braxton Miller and freshman Torrance Gibson, one of the nation's top quarterback recruits in 2015, to receiver at the start of fall camp. - The Sports Xchange
08/24/15 - Rashaan Gaulden, So, Tennessee, 6-1, 184 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Tennessee DB Gaulden out for season...Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden has a broken foot and will miss the season, head coach Butch Jones announced Saturday. Jones said the sophomore got "tripped up" during a punt return drill Thursday. "Rashaan meant so much to us, not only from a defensive standpoint, but on special teams as well," Jones said after Saturday's practice. The 6-foot-1, 178-pound Gaulden played primarily on special teams in 11 games as a freshman last season. He was expected to start at nickel cornerback this season. The Volunteers already have lost two offensive linemen -- guards Marcus Jackson and Austin Sanders -- to season-ending biceps injuries this preseason. Tennessee opens the 2015 season at home against Bowling Green on Sept. 5. - The Sports Xchange
08/24/15 - Justin Scott-Wesley, rSr, Georgia, 5-11, 201 (DS#50 WR)[Newsfeed] Georgia WR Scott-Wesley out for opener, maybe more...Senior wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley of Georgia sustained a right knee injury earlier this week during practice and coach Mark Richt told reporters on Saturday that the news is not good. Richt said Scott-Wesley definitely will miss the Bulldogs' opener on Sept. 5 and might be out longer than that. "I'm not sure we'll see Justin for awhile, if at all," Richt said. This is the third significant injury to Scott-Wesley's right knee. In 2013, he tore his right ACL. This summer, Scott-Wesley underwent an arthroscopic procedure to repair his right meniscus, but returned in time for preseason practice. - The Sports Xchange
08/20/15 - Andrew Jelks, rJr, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 305 (DS#27 OT)[Newsfeed] Vanderbilt offensive tackle Andrew Jelks will miss the 2015 season after suffering a knee injury in Wednesday's practice. Jelks, a two-year starter and 2013 Freshman All-American, was slotted to serve at left tackle for a second straight season. He is Vanderbilt's second key offensive starter lost for the season to injury in preseason camp. C.J. Duncan, the team's top wide receiver last season, suffered a season-ending lower leg injury in practice last week.
“I’m really disappointed for Andrew because he’s such a fine young man,” head coach Derek Mason said in a media release. “Andrew was having an excellent camp and was looking forward to having a big year. He's a tremendous talent who commands respect throughout the locker room. Andrew’s a dedicated hard worker, and I know he will come back even stronger. “It’s time for others to step up and claim a more substantial role in the success of our offense. We definitely have players on our roster that can fill the void left by Andrew’s departure." - Adam Sparks, The Tennessean
08/20/15 - Shaun Crawford, Fr, Notre Dame, 5-09, 180 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Notre Dame defensive back Shaun Crawford will miss the season after injuring a knee in practice. Coach Brian Kelly released a statement Wednesday night saying the 5-foot-8, 180-pound freshman from Lakewood, Ohio, tore his anterior cruciate ligament during practice earlier in the day. Kelly had said Saturday that Crawford was competing for time at nickel back, saying he had shown speed, physicality and a knack for the game. He said Crawford already knew the calls and was helping safeties on some plays. He also was competing for a spot returning kickoffs. - AP Sports
08/19/15 - Kurt Benkert, rSo, East Carolina, 6-3, 225 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] East Carolina has picked Kurt Benkert as its starting quarterback. Coach Ruffin McNeill announced the decision Wednesday. Benkert is a redshirt sophomore who played three games last year behind Shane Carden, who's now with the Chicago Bears. Benkert completed 8 of 10 passes for 58 yards with an interception, and rushed for 23 yards and two touchdowns on five attempts. McNeill says "it was time to name a starter to move forward" with preparing for the season. He says Blake Kemp, a junior who redshirted last year as a junior college transfer, will be Benkert's backup. Another QB, Cody Keith, injured his right foot during preseason camp and is recovering. - AP Sports
08/17/15 - Jonathan Williams, Sr, Arkansas, 5-11, 224 (DS#10 RB)[Newsfeed] Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams to miss regular season...Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced that Jonathan Williams, the Hogs' leading rusher from 2014, will miss the entire 2015 regular season. Williams will have a screw placed in his foot, Bielema said per Thomas Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, also noting that the player had insurance taken out for injury. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
08/17/15 - Jonathan Williams, Sr, Arkansas, 5-11, 224 (DS#10 RB)[Newsfeed] Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams will miss the regular season with a foot injury. Williams hurt his left foot during a scrimmage on Saturday. Coach Bret Bielema said Monday that surgery is needed to insert a screw in the foot and Williams will have a slight chance of returning for a bowl game if the Razorbacks make it to one. "I really believe when he does return he'll probably be a better football player, a more talented football player, a more developed football player than he's ever been before," Bielema said. Williams is the 10th leading rusher in school history with 2,321 yards on the ground, including 1,190 last season when he led to the Razorbacks to a 7-6 record and Texas Bowl win over Texas.
He briefly considered leaving Arkansas for the NFL last season, but he announced his return prior to a 31-7 win over the Longhorns in the bowl game. Williams and Alex Collins entered this season as the only major college football teammates to each rush for more than 1,000 yards last season. Bielema said Williams watched the Razorbacks practice Monday following an upper-body workout on his own, and that his surgery would happen soon. He said Williams was injured late during Saturday's scrimmage when two defensive linemen landed on his foot from behind. Bielema also said Williams, who was projected as a third-round pick following last season, had insurance against catastrophic injury and loss of value in the NFL draft-though he expects the running back to recover in time to show scouts he's fully recovered. Williams, who was on the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell and Doak Walker awards, had 11 carries for 66 yards during the scrimmage, including a 36-yard run. - AP Sports
08/17/15 - Dexter Charles, rSr, Washington, 6-4, 312 (DS#999 OG)[Newsfeed] Washington offensive lineman Dexter Charles has retired due to a lingering knee injury, a significant blow to an already thin offensive line. Washington made the announcement on Monday. Charles was a fifth-year senior and was expected to be the Huskies' starting left guard heading into the season. Charles had started 30 games over the past three seasons - most of them at left guard - and was the only full-time starter on the offensive line returning from last season. Charles sat out spring practice with an undisclosed injury and has battled shoulder problems throughout his Washington career. Washington coach Chris Petersen says the team is disappointed the injury won't allow Charles to play his senior season. Petersen says Charles has expressed interest in the coaching profession. - AP Sports
08/17/15 - Jarron Jones, rJr, Notre Dame, 6-5, 315 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Notre Dame DT Jones out for season...Notre Dame defensive tackle Jarron Jones has sustained a severe right knee injury that will require surgery and is out for the season, coach Brian Kelly announced on Saturday. Kelly said Jones has a third-degree MCL injury and will undergo surgery next week. "He has an MCL, which will require surgery next week, which will put him out for the year," Kelly said. "I think he's scheduled to get it done either Tuesday or Thursday, but it was a it was a third-degree MCL, got rolled up in an 11-on-11 situation. Kind of a freak deal. Just one of those things you just can't plan. He was standing up. A guy fell down. Rolled up on him. Had his knee braces on and everything. It's just one of those things you can never prepare for. "We're going to certainly wish him the best in his recovery, and he's got a great attitude about it and he'll be back next year with a year of eligibility left and I'm sure he'll give everything he has." - The Sports Xchange
08/17/15 - Jarron Jones, rJr, Notre Dame, 6-5, 315 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Notre Dame DT Jones out for season...The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Jones, a redshirt junior, started all 11 games last season until he suffered the foot injury in a Nov. 22 loss to Louisville. He recorded 40 total tackles, including 7.5 tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks. Freshman Jerry Tillery, who enrolled at Notre Dame in the spring, might become the starter and Daniel Cage also is expected to see playing time in Jones' spot. "Jerry (Tillery) will be in there," Kelly said. "Cage will be in there. Those two guys will play the one technique. Then we'll figure out who that third guy is. We'll probably activate Elijah Taylor. He'll probably go over to the three technique. Physically very strong. He might be one of our strongest defensive linemen, I think he (benched 225 pounds) 25 times. "He's better suited for the three technique. He's athletic, can move. So he can give us some depth there, because we were going to play Jerry at the three but now we'll move Jerry back to the nose. So Jerry, Daniel, maybe Jacob (Matuska). That's probably our inclination right now at the nose." The 11th-ranked Fighting Irish open at home against Texas on Sept. 5. - The Sports Xchange
08/17/15 - Jonathan Williams, Sr, Arkansas, 5-11, 224 (DS#10 RB)[Newsfeed] Arkansas RB Williams out with foot injury...Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams, who was the Razorbacks' leading rusher last season, will miss an "extended period of time" this season after sustaining a foot injury in Saturday's scrimmage, the school announced Sunday. Williams, who rushed for 1,190 yards in 2014, will need surgery on his foot, but he is expected to make a full recovery and may return to action sometime this season. "I have no doubt that Jonathan will come back stronger than ever. Anyone that knows Jonathan Williams knows this is just another opportunity for him to prove the man of character and substance that he really is," head coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. "It's an unfortunate injury to a great young man, but we are in the process of gathering as much information as possible. There are short- and long-term impacts of how he proceeds and we want to make sure he does what's best for him and his family, and his career beyond Arkansas."
Williams is Arkansas' No. 10 career rusher with 2,321 yards, and he has averaged 5.72 yards per carry. "This is no doubt a tough moment, but I know through my faith and hard work that I will make a full recovery," Williams said. Williams' absence may put an additional load on Alex Collins, who was second on the team in rushing last season with 1,100 yards. Williams and Collins were the only FBS teammates to rush for more than 1,000 yards last season. - The Sports Xchange
08/17/15 - Jihad Ward, Sr, Illinois, 6-5, 295 (DS#16 DT)[Newsfeed] The University of Illinois' top defensive player will miss the start of the season because of a knee injury. Sports Information Director Kent Brown also said Friday that Jihad Ward will have surgery on the knee he injured in practice this week. Brown didn't specify which knee was injured. The senior defensive end is expected to miss the first two or three games of the season while he recuperates. Brown says junior Dawuane Smoot will fill in for Ward. Illinois opens its season against Kent State on Sept. 4. - AP Sports
08/13/15 - Bryan Mone, So, Michigan, 6-3, 325 (DS#26 DT)[Newsfeed] In the spring, Michigan nose guard Bryan Mone talked about his dreams of starting this season Sept. 3 in Utah, his home state. The Wolverines still will be there, but the Salt Lake City native apparently will not. U-M's giant sophomore suffered a significant lower leg injury in practice and will miss an extended period of time, according to a person familiar with the injury who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss it publicly. According to a scout.com reporter from Utah, Mone suffered a broken ankle Wednesday and would likely miss the season. A U-M spokesman refused to comment, referring to coach Jim Harbaugh's statement last week that he would be focused on practice and not speaking to the media. Michigan has not been providing practice updates from fall camp, which started last Friday. The injury would be a major blow for the Wolverines, who appeared to have a strong rotation of Mone, Ryan Glasgow and Maurice Hurst. Mone, at 325 pounds, is the biggest and possibly strongest of the group. - Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press
08/13/15 - Ed Davis, rSr, Michigan State, 6-2, 233 (DS#35 OLB)[Newsfeed] Michigan State LB Davis injures knee, out for season...Michigan State lost linebacker Ed Davis for the season on the first day of practice in full pads. The fifth-year senior suffered a knee injury that an MRI confirmed will require surgery, the school announced Wednesday night. Davis, listed by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 41 outside linebacker in the 2016 class, is a significant loss for the Michigan State defense. The strong-side linebacker ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 58 in his first year as a starter in 2014 and had 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Coach Mark Dantonio said Davis might be able to seek a medical redshirt and a sixth year of eligibility. Davis is the fifth player the Spartans have lost from last year's defense through injury, graduation or early entry into the NFL.
"We're so disappointed for Ed Davis, and his presence in the lineup will be missed," Dantonio said via Twitter. "Ed is a tremendous playmaker and a solid leader. "Our program has faced adversity before, so now it's time to adopt the 'next man up' mentality. Ed's season-ending injury provides others with an opportunity to have a positive impact on this team." Stepping up as his replacement could be sophomore Chris Frey, who is listed as No. 2 at the position in the preseason after appearing in 13 games last year and making 19 tackles. But it will be tough to replace Davis. "He may be as good a linebacker as we've had," Dantonio said of Davis during Big Ten Media Days last month. "This past year, I thought he had a great season and I think he's poised to have a great season. - The Sports Xchange
08/12/15 - Abner Logan, rJr, Maryland, 6-1, 240 (DS#999 ILB)[Newsfeed] Junior linebacker Abner Logan will miss the upcoming Maryland football season after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament during preseason camp, Coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday. The injury is a significant blow to Maryland’s linebacker corps, which lost four starters from a year ago. The 6-foot-1, 242-pound Logan, a junior, was expected to start at outside linebacker after a productive spring practice. The knee injury occurred during non-contact practice, two days before Maryland will even put on full pads for the first time in fall practice. Logan has appeared in just 19 games during his time in College Park, registering 42 tackles. He appeared in seven games last season, playing mostly special teams and recording five tackles. He missed the first six games of last season while under suspension by the university. Junior Brock Dean is currently behind Logan on Maryland’s preseason depth chart, followed by true freshmen Gus Little and Brett Zanotto. - Roman Stubbs, The Washington Post
08/12/15 - Korrin Wiggins, Jr, Clemson, 5-11, 195 (DS#999 SS)[Newsfeed] Clemson junior safety/nickelback Korrin Wiggins suffered a torn ACL during a situational scrimmage Wednesday morning in Memorial Stadium. He will be out for the 2015 season, the school said in a release later in the day. Wiggins, a Durham (N.C.) native, was injured while trying to recover a fumble. He played as a true freshman and therefore has a redshirt season that he will use. Wiggins is one of only four returners with six-plus starts on the Tigers. He has 54 tackles, four tackles for loss, four INTs and seven pass breakups in 521 snaps over the last two seasons. He played in all 13 last year, starting six games exactly on the nation’s No. 1 defense. Wiggins was listed as the starter at nickelback on the summer depth chart, but worked at backup safety in camp as well. - Brandon Rink, Anderson Independent Mail