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11/17/14 - Neiron Ball, rSr, Florida, 6-2, 230 (DS#29 OLB)[Newsfeed] Gators lose two linebackers for season...Despite the turmoil that has surrounded the Florida program, the Gators remain one win shy of qualifying for a bowl appearance. Their job became a little more difficult on Monday when lame-duck head coach Will Muschamp said two key contributors on defense will miss the remainder of the season. Redshirt senior linebacker Neiron Ball needs microfracture surgery and sophomore linebacker Jarrad Davis has suffered a torn meniscus. Both were hurt in a 23-20 loss to South Carolina. Davis was injured on the opening kickoff. Ball is tied for the second-most tackles on the team. He missed the entire 2011 season because of a burst blood vessel in his brain. Florida plays host to Eastern Kentucky this week, before traveling to play Florida State. If the Gators do become bowl eligible, they won't be coached by Muschamp. - The Sports Xchange
11/17/14 - Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 226 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] Georgia recently raised Todd Gurley's insurance to $10 million...The fact that Todd Gurley's season, and likely his college career, came to an end on Saturday due to a torn ACL sucks. There's no other way to put it. There is a silver lining, however. According to a report from ESPN.com, Georgia recently upped Gurley's insurance policy to $10 million. $5 million of that policy is in place for total disability, meaning that if Gurley were to get hurt and never be able to play again, he'd still be insured for $5 million. The other part of the policy included $5 million to protect against loss of value in case Gurley was injured and fell in the NFL Draft because of it.
This is good news for Gurley. He had been projected to be a first-round NFL Draft pick next spring, even though NFL teams are taking running backs in the first round a lot less often than they used to. Now, with a torn ACL and no set timetable for when Gurley will be able to return to the field, odds are he won't be taken in the first round of the draft. That's a large loss of money in Gurley's first professional contract, but with this insurance policy Gurley can limit the financial loss if he falls out of the first round. If he goes entirely undrafted - which is not likely - he'd receive the entire $5 million. So while Gurley is no doubt hurting right now - physically and emotionally - he can at least take solace in the fact he has a financial cushion to rely on thanks to Georgia. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
11/16/14 - Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 226 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] Georgia RB Gurley done for season...Georgia running back Todd Gurley is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Gurley left Saturday's 34-7 victory over Auburn with a knee injury on his final carry of the game. Georgia feared the injury was a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which was confirmed by medical personnel Sunday. "An MRI performed Sunday on University of Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley confirmed a torn ACL," the school announced. "The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Saturday's victory over Auburn. A surgery date has not yet been determined according to UGA Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson."
On his final carry -- which went for 11 yards -- Gurley limped off the field, in obvious pain but under his own power. That gave him 138 yards on 29 carries in his first game back after being suspended by the NCAA for four games for accepting money for autographs. Gurley energized the Bulldog crowd the first time he touched the ball, racing 105 yards on a kickoff return. The touchdown was called back on a holding penalty, but Gurley served notice that he was back and determined to make up for lost time. - The Sports Xchange
11/16/14 - Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 226 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] Georgia tailback Todd Gurley is out for the season after injuring his left knee this weekend, possibly ending his college career in the latest setback of a year that began with HeismanTrophy hopes. The school announced the injury Sunday. Surgery will be scheduled to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Gurley was hurt in the final minutes of a 34-7 win over then-No. 9 Auburn on Saturday night. He ran for 138 yards and a touchdown, and helped the Bulldogs moved up to ninth in the latest rankings. Before the injury, Gurley passed Garrison Hearst for second place on Georgia's career list with 3,285 yards rushing. Herschel Walker has the record with 5,259 yards from 1980-82.
Gurley opened the game with a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but a holding penalty wiped out the play. There has been much speculation Gurley, a junior, plans to enter the NFL draft following this season. Gurley was considered a leading Heisman Trophy candidate before receiving a four-game NCAA suspension for taking $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years. He returned from the suspension for Saturday's game. Gurley was injured with just over 5 minutes remaining on a 6-yard run. He remained on the turf for several minutes while he was examined by trainers. He limped to the sideline, where his knee was iced down. - AP Sports
11/16/14 - Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 226 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] Todd Gurley returned with quite a splash, streaking the length of the field the first time he touched the ball. He was a lot slower leaving Sanford Stadium, hobbling out with a sore left knee. Gurley's injury marred an otherwise brilliant performance by No. 16 Georgia, which unleashed a dynamic 1-2 punch in the backfield and dominated defensively to beat No. 9 Auburn 34-7 on Saturday. Freshman Nick Chubb, who filled in so well while Gurley served a four-game suspension for violating NCAA rules, kept up his strong play with 144 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Gurley had a season-high 29 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown in his first game since Oct. 4, though his most spectacular play - a 105-yard kickoff return on Georgia's opening possession - was wiped out by a penalty.
"Todd was back. You just give him the ball," offensive guard Greg Pyke said. "Once he gets tired, Nick comes in. It's amazing to have those two guys back there." Will it last? Gurley was injured with just over 5 minutes remaining on a 6-yard run, staying on the turf for several minutes while the trainers checked him out. He was able to limp to the sideline, where his knee was iced down. He headed to the locker room while Georgia was running out the clock and left the stadium on a cart without speaking to reporters. Coach Mark Richt said he wasn't sure about the extent of the injury. "I think he'll be all right," Chubb said hopefully. - AP Sports
11/15/14 - Deshaun Watson, Fr, Clemson, 6-3, 190 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Clemson's Watson out with knee injury...Clemson starting quarterback Deshaun Watson will not return to Saturday's game against Georgia Tech because of a left knee injury. The school made the announcement at halftime. Watson was injured in the first half. Watson, a freshman, was making his first start since breaking a finger against Louisville on Oct. 11. He completed five of seven passes for 27 yards and rushed for 40 yards before hurting the knee. It was a non-contact injury. No. 19 Clemson trailed No. 22 Georgia Tech 9-3 at the half. - The Sports Xchange
11/15/14 - Kenny Hilliard, Sr, LSU, 6-0, 232 (DS#24 RB)[Newsfeed] LSU running back Kenny Hilliard will miss the final two games of the regular season because of a shoulder injury, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the coaching staff had not released specifics about the injury. The person said Hilliard has not been ruled out for any possible bowl game. On Twitter, Hilliard had referenced the injury, saying: "Gotta get healthy." Earlier Friday, he said it was going to be a "lay low weekend." Hilliard had 434 yards and six touchdowns for the No. 20 Tigers (7-3, 3-3, No. 17 CFP) before injuring his shoulder and leaving last Saturday's game against Alabama. LSU plays at Arkansas on Saturday. The Tigers then have an open date before closing their season at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day. The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Hilliard has been part of a four-back rotation with Leonard Fournette, Terrence Magee and Darrell Williams. - AP Sports
11/13/14 - Josh Shaw, rSr, Southern Cal, 6-1, 200 (DS#10 CB)[Newsfeed] USC's Shaw shares facts of big lie...Southern Cal cornerback Josh Shaw claims to be telling the truth this time about the events leading up to his decision to leap from a third-floor apartment balcony. The jump resulted in severe high ankle sprains and more peripheral damage ensued when Shaw, a starter, told USC that he was injured saving his drowning nephew in a pool. When coach Steve Sarkisian and athletic director Pat Haden learned the story was a fabrication, Shaw was suspended indefinitely. He attempted to clear the air for the first time in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. Shaw said he was going home to see his girlfriend of more than seven years and they got into an argument. When his girlfriend left the apartment, he went outside on the balcony to see police cars. While he said the argument was not physical, Shaw's first instinct was to run.
"We were not on good terms when she left, I thought she had somebody call authorities. I was thinking the worst," he told the Times. "If she did say anything, I'm a black man with dreadlocks, and with everything going on in the country at the time, all that stuff in St. Louis (Ferguson, Mo.) in my mind, I'm going to leap from the balcony so authorities did not see me." Shaw jumped, hurt his ankles, and as he shared his lie, the story spread to become national headlines. Shaw said he felt he was "in too deep" to come clean. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/14 - Will Gardner, rSo, Louisville, 6-5, 230 (DS#11 QB)[Newsfeed] Louisville loses QB Gardner for year...Sophomore quarterback Will Gardner of Louisville was declared out for the season on Tuesday because of a left knee injury sustained on Saturday against Boston College. The injury will require surgery. "It is really unfortunate and disappointing for Will because of how hard he has worked and how respected he is in the locker room," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said a statement. "Will will continue to be an integral part of our program moving forward because of his leadership he has displayed and the respect he has in the locker room." Gardner, who threw 12 touchdown passes and three interceptions this season, initially hurt the knee earlier this season in a game against Florida International and missed two weeks before returning. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/14 - Austin Barron, Sr, Florida State, 6-3, 293 (DS#12 C)[Newsfeed] Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says starting center Austin Barron could be ready to play against Miami on Saturday. Barron has been out since breaking his arm against Wake Forest on Oct. 4. He returned to practice this week. Fisher said Tuesday that Barron's been doing football activities and doctors said he should be "good to go." There was some worry that Barron would miss the rest of the season, but Fisher said, "he's healing a little quicker than we thought, but (it's) not a stunner." Barron took over as the starting center for his senior season in 2014, but had played in 30 games during his first three years. He joined four returning senior starters from the 2013 national championship team on the offensive line. - AP Sports
11/11/14 - Stefon Diggs, Jr, Maryland, 6-0, 195 (DS#7 WR)[Newsfeed] Report: Terps lose WR Diggs for season...This season is not ending like Maryland's preseason All-American wide receiver Stefon Diggs could have imagined. First, Diggs was suspended for Saturday's home game against Michigan State for his role in refusing a pregame handshake against Penn State on Nov. 1. To make matters worse, Diggs was injured in that game and now The Baltimore Sun reports Diggs will miss the rest of the season because of a lacerated kidney. The junior wideout leads Maryland with 52 receptions and 654 yards this year. He appeared to be hurt while stretching for a touchdown in a game won by the Terps. Diggs' 2013 season was cut short after seven games when he suffered a broken leg. Maryland did not play this past weekend. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/14 - Dontre Wilson, So, Ohio State, 5-10, 185 (DS#21 RB)[Newsfeed] Broken foot sidelines Buckeyes H-back Wilson...Ohio State H-back Dontre Wilson underwent surgery on Sunday for a broken foot suffered in Saturday's victory over Michigan State. Head coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Wilson will miss "substantial" time. Some reports say Wilson will not be recovered in time to play in a bowl game and his season is over. Wilson, a sophomore from Texas, leads the Buckeyes in all-purpose yards this season with 1,064 yards. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/14 - Pharaoh Brown, Jr, Oregon, 6-5, 241 (DS#2 TE)[Newsfeed] Oregon TE Brown out for season...The No. 3-ranked Oregon Ducks lost cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, center Hroniss Grasu and tight end Pharaoh Brown to injury during the Ducks' 51-27 victory over Utah on Saturday. And on Sunday, head coach Mark Helfrich said that Brown remains in a Salt Lake City hospital and will miss the rest of the season with a severe knee injury. Brown is expected to remain in the hospital through the week. Doctors have yet to announce a long-term prognosis. Brown caught 25 passes for 420 yards and six touchdowns this season. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/14 - Dhaquille Williams, Jr, Auburn, 6-2, 216 (DS#11 WR)[Newsfeed] Auburn receiver D'haquille Williams isn't expected to play against Georgia because of a knee injury. Coach Gus Malzahn didn't rule Williams out for Saturday night's game but says "it's probably unlikely." Malzahn says Williams is "week to week right now" for the ninth-ranked Tigers after injuring his right knee against Texas A&M. The junior college transfer is leading Auburn with 38 catches for 609 yards and five touchdowns. Auburn does have an experienced group of receivers led by Quan Bray and Sammie Coates. Malzahn says the Tigers "are in solid shape without Duke, if we have to play without him." Melvin Ray and C.J. Uzomah filled in at times for him on Saturday. - AP Sports
11/11/14 - Hroniss Grasu, rSr, Oregon, 6-3, 297 (DS#2 C)[Newsfeed] The Oregon Ducks got their victory in Utah and clinched a place in the Pac-12 championship, but it was costly with injuries to three key players. Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, center Hroniss Grasu and tight end Pharaoh Brown all were knocked out of the 51-27 victory Saturday night over the Utes. The Ducks (9-1, 6-1, Pac-12) have a bye this coming week to assess the damage and heal for the regular season's final two games, against Colorado and Oregon State. Both the Buffaloes and the Beavers are sitting in the bottom of their conference division.
Earlier in the quarter the Ducks suffered a blow with the loss of center Hroniss Grasu because of an apparent left leg injury. Quarterback Marcus Mariota put his arm around his close on the sideline to console him and redshirt freshman Doug Brenner took assumed his duties anchoring the line. "It's tough but it's part of the game that we play. Prayers go out to him," Mariota told reporters after the game. "But at the same time Doug did a good job of stepping up. We've got a lot of trust in him and we've got to go with what we have." Oregon doesn't discuss injuries as a policy so it was unclear how serious it was. - AP Sports
11/11/14 - Kelby Brown, rSr, Duke, 6-2, 230 (DS#999 ILB)[Newsfeed] Duke says injured players Kelby Brown and Braxton Deaver have received sixth years of eligibility for 2015. The school announced the NCAA's decisions Monday. Both players suffered season-ending injuries in August. Brown, a linebacker, tore his left anterior cruciate ligament on Aug. 11 while Deaver, a tight end, tore his right ACL a week later. Both players also missed the 2012 season due to injuries. Brown was an all-Atlantic Coast Conference linebacker in 2013 while Deaver caught multiple passes in every game during the Blue Devils' run to the Coastal Division title, ACC championship game and Chick-fil-A Bowl. No. 19 Duke (8-1, 4-1) enters this week's visit from Virginia Tech in first place in the Coastal and on track for a return to Charlotte. - AP Sports
11/11/14 - Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 226 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] Todd Gurley was a leading Heisman Trophy contender before his four-game suspension. Now that he's returning for No. 16 Georgia against No. 9 Auburn this week, it's no lock he'll even be a starter. Gurley's replacement, Nick Chubb, has made a strong case to keep the job. Chubb ran for 170 yards and a touchdown Saturday in a 63-31 victory over Kentucky. He had 143 or more yards in each of his four games as Gurley's replacement. Coach Mark Richt's task of determining playing time for the tailbacks became more difficult when Sony Michel returned from a shoulder injury with 84 yards rushing against Kentucky.
Richt said Sunday he and his assistants have not picked a starting tailback against Auburn. "We haven't even talked about that yet," Richt said. "Obviously, both those guys will play and we'll see how Sony is doing. I think he came out of the game pretty good, too. I wouldn't be surprised to see more than just Nick and Todd in the ballgame at that running back position. Early in the year we did a good job of giving guys reps and hopefully we can continue to do that." The NCAA suspended Gurley for taking $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years. Georgia (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) was 3-1 without Gurley, losing to Florida two weeks ago. - AP Sports
11/11/14 - Deshaun Watson, Fr, Clemson, 6-3, 190 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will start when the 18th-ranked Tigers face No. 24 Georgia Tech on Saturday. Watson missed the past three games for Clemson (7-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) with a broken bone in his throwing hand. Swinney said Sunday that Watson could've played if needed in the Tigers 34-20 win at Wake Forest on Thursday night. Watson hurt himself early in a 23-17 win over Louisville on Oct. 11. Senior Cole Stoudt completed the win against the Cardinals, then started the next three games, all victories for the Tigers, who have won six straight. Watson returned to practice last week. He's Clemson's leader with 12 touchdown passes. - AP Sports
11/11/14 - Dhaquille Williams, Jr, Auburn, 6-2, 216 (DS#11 WR)[Newsfeed] Auburn wide receiver D'haquille Williams injured his right knee while attempting a catch and won't return to the game. Williams was helped off the field in the second quarter of the third-ranked Tigers' game with Texas A&M on Saturday. He was on the ground for a few minutes, and fans chanted his nickname "Duke." Auburn officials didn't provide details on the injury. The junior college transfer, who was one of Auburn's top signees, sat on the sideline with a towel over his head before going to the locker room. Williams entered the game leading the Tigers in receiving with 37 catches for 598 yards and five touchdowns. Nobody else on the team had 20 catches coming into the game. - AP Sports
11/11/14 - Jabrill Peppers, Fr, Michigan, 6-1, 210 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers will redshirt this season because of a leg injury. The 6-foot-1 freshman has played only three games this year after entering the season as one of the most touted members of the Wolverines' recruiting class. He hasn't played since Sept. 20 against Utah. Coach Brady Hoke announced Wednesday that Peppers would redshirt, but he says the injury does not require surgery. Michigan plays at Northwestern this weekend. - AP Sports
11/05/14 - Justin Worley, Sr, Tennessee, 6-4, 224 (DS#34 QB)[Newsfeed] Tennessee QB Worley finished for season...Tennessee starting quarterback Justin Worley will miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury that will require surgery, coach Butch Jones said Tuesday. The injury prevented Worley, a senior, from playing in the past two games. He started Tennessee's first seven games and was 157-for-252 for 1,579 yards with 12 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. In a statement, Jones said Worley will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. "Justin Worley is out for the rest of the year," Jones said. "He will undergo surgery, but he is still going to be around the team. And now he goes from Player Worley to Coach Worley." The surgery will end Worley's college career. It's the second year in a row Worley's season ended early because of an injury. Sophomore Joshua Dobbs started in Worley's place last week and helped Tennessee rally for a 45-42 overtime victory at South Carolina. The Vols are 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the Southeastern Conference. - The Sports Xchange
11/05/14 - Connor Halliday, rSr, Washington State, 6-4, 198 (DS#11 QB)[Newsfeed] Season, career over for prolific Washington State QB...The season is over and the college career has ended for the nation's leader in passing touchdowns, passing yards and completions per game. Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday suffered a broken leg in the first quarter of Saturday's 44-17 loss to USC. After completing a third-down pass, Halliday's right leg got caught beneath a Trojans lineman. Cougars coach Mike Leach broke the news Monday and Halladay was crushed. He tweeted: 22 years of hard work I was 3 ... games away from my dream 3 freakin games away from being drafted and living my dream. While widely unknown as a high school quarterback, Halliday has left his mark in the NCAA record book. Last season, he tied the NCAA Division I record for completions and broke Drew Brees' record for pass attempts. He also tied an NCAA bowl record with six touchdown passes. - The Sports Xchange
11/05/14 - Stefon Diggs, Jr, Maryland, 6-0, 195 (DS#7 WR)[Newsfeed] Big Ten suspends Maryland WR Diggs...The Big Ten on Monday suspended Maryland junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs for one game for his "actions toward officials and opposing players" before Maryland's 20-19 win against Penn State on Saturday. The Big Ten also fined Maryland $10,000 and reprimanded coach Randy Edsall for the Terrapins' behavior. Maryland team captains refused to shake hands with Penn State's captains during the pregame coin toss, and then the teams got into a shoving match. Diggs, Maryland's leading receiver and one of its captains, was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. He likely was suspended for making physical contact with an official during the incident. Edsall apologized for his players' behavior after the game. Diggs, who has 52 catches for 654 yards and five touchdowns, will sit out Maryland's game against Michigan State on Nov. 15. The Terrapins have a bye this week. - The Sports Xchange
11/05/14 - Jamaal Williams, Jr, BYU, 6-0, 200 (DS#26 RB)[Newsfeed] BYU loses RB Williams for season...BYU running back Jamaal Williams will miss the final three games of the season after suffering knee injuries Saturday. Williams will undergo surgery Tuesday, coach Bronco Mendenhall said. Williams was hurt in the third quarter of BYU's 27-7 victory over Middle Tennessee when he was hit while catching a pass. Williams, a junior, was BYU's leading rusher with 518 yards. He joins quarterback Taysom Hill on the sideline. Hill has been out for the season since suffering a broken leg last month against Utah State. BYU (5-4) needs one win to secure a spot in the Miami Beach Bowl. The Cougars finish with UNLV, Savannah State and California. - The Sports Xchange
11/05/14 - Laquon Treadwell, So, Mississippi, 6-2, 229 (DS#1 WR)[Newsfeed] Ole Miss WR Treadwell out four months...Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi's leading wide receiver, is expected to need four months to recover from a broken leg and dislocated ankle, coach Hugh Freeze said Monday. Treadwell was injured in Mississippi's 35-31 loss to Auburn on Saturday as he attempted to score a go-ahead touchdown with 1:30 left. He was tackled from behind, and his left leg and ankle were bent awkwardly. The sophomore had surgery late Saturday night to repair a broken fibula and the ankle. Freeze said he hopes Treadwell can return for spring practice. Treadwell caught 10 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown Saturday and finished his season with 48 catches for 632 yards and five touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange