08/20/14 - Brandon Bourbon, rSr, Kansas, 6-1, 225 (DS#59 RB)[Newsfeed] The top two running backs on the Kansas depth chart will each miss their senior season after Brandon Bourbon tore his ACL and Taylor Cox tore his Achilles' tendon in separate incidents. Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis announced the injuries in a statement Tuesday. He said that both of the players will remain in school and could petition for a sixth year of eligibility. "I feel bad for both Brandon and Taylor as they were looking forward to the opportunity to be the replacement for James Sims," Weis said. "I sat down with each of them individually and talked through their options and was happy that they chose to further their education, while attempting to play again next year if things work out."
Bourbon, who tore his knee ligament during a scrimmage on Sunday, was listed first on the most recent depth chart. The 225-pound senior has battled injuries throughout much of his career, running for 422 yards and four touchdowns over parts of three seasons. - AP Sports
08/20/14 - Taylor Cox, rSr, Kansas, 5-11, 212 (DS#62 RB)[Newsfeed] The top two running backs on the Kansas depth chart will each miss their senior season after Brandon Bourbon tore his ACL and Taylor Cox tore his Achilles' tendon in separate incidents. Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis announced the injuries in a statement Tuesday. He said that both of the players will remain in school and could petition for a sixth year of eligibility. Cox, who hurt his tendon in a non-contact drill Monday, spent his first two seasons at College of the Siskiyous in California. He started three times as a junior and ran for 464 yards, but he was forced to take a medical redshirt after appearing in just two games last season. - AP Sports
08/19/14 - Braxton Miller, Sr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season...The major awards candidate re-injured his right shoulder Monday while throwing a short pass...Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his right shoulder attempting a short pass in practice Monday and will miss the 2014 football season. Miller, who was not hit on the play, was in the process of returning from off-season surgery in February for an injury sustained in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. This latest injury will require surgery. "My thoughts and prayers are with Braxton and his family," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. "This is an unfortunate injury to a young man who means so much to this program and to Buckeye nation."
"I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever," Miller said. "I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season. In the meantime, I want to give all the support I can to my coaches and teammates as they chase a championship this season." Miller, a communications major, did not practice this spring and had been limited by athletic trainers and coaches in the number of throws he was making this fall. Third-year sophomore Cardale Jones and red-shirt freshman J.T. Barrett took turns behind center with the No. 1 offense when Miller was not on the field. - Ohio State football
08/19/14 - Braxton Miller, Sr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season...Miller, who has yet to take a red-shirt season, entered his senior season with 5,292 career passing yards and 3,054 rushing yards to rank ninth and eighth, respectively, in school history and with the prospects of holding close to 20 school records. His 8,346 total yards and 84 touchdowns responsible for are each second in school annals. His 52 touchdown passes are fourth at Ohio State and just six from the school record. Miller, 26-8 as a starting quarterback, also entered his senior season as a viable contender for all of the major national awards.
His seven Big Ten Conference individual awards, including consecutive Chicago Tribune MVPs, Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year awards and Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year awards, are the most in conference history. It was previously announced by Meyer on Saturday that Barrett, a 6-1, 225-pounder from Wichita Falls, Texas, had moved ahead of Jones for the No. 2 quarterback spot. Jones, a 6-5, 250-pounder from Cleveland, is the only quarterback on the roster with any game experience. He played 39 snaps from scrimmage last season in games vs. Florida A&M, Penn State and Purdue. - Ohio State football
08/19/14 - Thomas Holley, Fr, Florida, 6-4, 298 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Florida five-star freshman DT Thomas Holley out for year...Florida five-star freshman defensive tackle Thomas Holley will miss the 2014 season and redshirt after surgery to repair a labral tear in his hip, UF coach Will Muschamp announced Tuesday. "Disappointed for Thomas. Certainly a guy that athletically we were very excited about," Muschamp said, per 247Sports affiliate GatorBait.net. The labral tear resulted from a sports hernia suffered during Holley's high school career. "Originally when he came in for the pre-physical he'd had the sports hernia repaired and that's where he thought his pain was coming from," Muschamp said. "And then on the pre-physical we saw this. We wanted to see how far we could take it but we knew eventually there was probably going to be a surgery involved. He just had a lot of discomfort involved, so we just decided to go ahead and do it."
Holley signed with the Gators as one of the nation's most coveted defensive tackle prospects, a five-star player according to 247Sports' rankings and the nation's No. 77 player overall in the 247Sports composite. A Brookyln native, Holley was also the No. 1 player in New York for the class of 2014. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
08/19/14 - Braxton Miller, Sr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Ohio State title odds plummeting in wake of Braxton Miller news...Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has not officially been ruled out for the entire 2014 season, but the sportsbooks across the country have already reacted to the reported news. At Bovada, Ohio State was downgraded from 12/1 to 18/1 after it was reported that Miller could miss some time due to a shoulder injury. That was just based on the idea that Miller could possibly miss some time, now that it is being reported that the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year will miss the entire season, sportsbooks are sliding the Buckeyes even further down the board. For comparison, 50/1 is also where Michigan and Texas were listed late last month. That is quite the slide for a team that many expected to win the Big Ten and compete in the first College Football Playoff. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/19/14 - Braxton Miller, Sr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Report: Ohio State loses QB Miller for season...Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, considered a preseason contender for the Heisman Trophy, sustained a dislocated right shoulder in practice on Monday and ESPN reported that he will miss the 2015 season. Ohio State is expected to update his condition later Tuesday. Miller was to undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage to the shoulder, which was surgically repaired in February after he was injured in the Orange Bowl loss to Clemson in January. The Canton Repository reported that Miller experienced instability in the shoulder while throwing a routine pass during Monday's practice. The Buckeyes returned to practice Tuesday morning without Miller.
Miller had been nursing the shoulder along during preseason camp. He did not participate in contact drills during the spring after the surgery. If Miller is unable to play this season, he would be eligible for a redshirt in 2015. Ohio State is ranked No. 5 in the preseason Associated Press poll and considered a contender to land one of the berths in the four-team playoff to determine a national champion this season. If Miller is indeed sidelined, redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett likely will be the starting quarterback for the season opener on Aug. 30 against Navy. Last season, Miller completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions and also ran for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
08/19/14 - Braxton Miller, Sr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Report: Braxton Miller reinjures shoulder, season in jeopardy...Here's a bombshell that could change the landscape of college football in 2014. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller reinjured his right shoulder during practice Monday, and that the injury puts Miller's entire 2014 season "in jeopardy." Ohio State has not confirmed the report, but a source tells CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler that Miller will undergo an MRI on the shoulder Tuesday morning. Miller was throwing an out-route in practice during non-contact drills and grabbed his throwing arm/shoulder and told coaches he felt something. Miller then spent the rest of the practice with ice on his shoulder, and was in good spirits.
Fowler was also told that Ohio State isn't sure how long Miller will be out, and won't be until it gets the results of the MRI. Whatever the results, losing Miller for any length of time would be a huge blow to the Buckeyes. Ohio State would go from a preseason favorite in the Big Ten to, well, nobody really knows. That's just the kind of impact player Braxton Miller is, as he's considered by just about anyone you ask a candidate for the Heisman Trophy this season. Miller had surgery on a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in February after hurting it in Ohio State's Orange Bowl loss to Clemson. If Miller misses time -- for whatever length of time -- he'd likely be replaced by redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, who is second on the Ohio State depth chart. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
08/19/14 - Damien Robinson, rSr, Mississippi State, 6-7, 320 (DS#999 OT)[Newsfeed] Mississippi State offensive lineman Damien Robinson is out for the season after suffering a knee injury during a scrimmage. Coach Dan Mullen confirmed Robinson's injury on Monday after practice, saying the 6-foot-8, 325-pound senior tore an anterior cruciate ligament during a scrimmage on Friday night. Robinson has appeared in 37 career games, mostly on special teams, but was the likely starter at right tackle this fall. Some of the candidates to fill the vacancy include Rufus Warren, Justin Senior or Cole Carter. Mullen could also move Justin Malone from guard to tackle. Mississippi State opens its season on Aug. 30 at home against Southern Mississippi. - AP Sports
08/18/14 - Braxton Miller, Sr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his shoulder during the Buckeyes' afternoon practice and his availability for this season could now be in question, according to the Columbus Dispatch. A source confirmed a Miller injury to cleveland.com and said that Miller left the field in significant pain after again hurting his right shoulder during a seven-on-seven drill on Monday. Miller had said, "I'm doing good," when talking to reporters about his progress after Monday morning's practice. Miller had been limited during fall camp as he suffered through shoulder soreness stemming from offseason shoulder surgery.
Urban Meyer said Saturday that he expected a big jump from the quarterback during Monday's practice. This brings extra importance to the backup quarterback battle, and Ohio State's coaching staff said J.T. Barrett, a former four-star prospect from Texas, has recently jumped over Glenville product Cardale Jones. If Miller can't play against Navy in Ohio State's season-opener in Baltimore's M&T Stadium, Barrett is likely to get the nod. - Ari Wasserman, Cleveland.com
08/18/14 - Jamari Smith, So, South Carolina, 5-10, 199 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] South Carolina reserve cornerback Jamari Smith is out for the season after breaking his left foot at a scrimmage last weekend. The school announced the sophomore's injury on Monday. Smith was in the mix at cornerback, a position where the ninth-ranked Gamecocks enter the season without last year's starters in Jimmy Legree and Victor Hampton. Smith enrolled at South Carolina as a running back and gained 103 yards in a backup role in a 70-10 victory against Coastal Carolina last season. He moved back to the secondary after the season and came out of spring practice as a backup. South Carolina's cornerback rotation got a boost this summer with three freshmen in Al Harris Jr., Wesley Green and Chris Lammons. - AP Sports
08/18/14 - Braxton Deaver, rSr, Duke, 6-5, 240 (DS#21 TE)[Newsfeed] Duke says tight end Braxton Deaver will miss the season after tearing a knee ligament. Team officials said Deaver injured his right anterior cruciate ligament Monday. Coach David Cutcliffe says the Blue Devils will "miss his presence on the field" but that "the priorities with Braxton right now shift to his health and spirit." Deaver was one of the top targets for quarterback Anthony Boone. The redshirt senior was the returning starter at tight end and caught 46 passes for 600 yards with four touchdowns last season. Deaver is the second key player from the defending Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division champions who has been lost for the season with a torn ACL. Senior linebacker Kelby Brown tore his left ACL during a scrimmage last week. - AP Sports
08/18/14 - Thomas Holley, Fr, Florida, 6-4, 298 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Florida freshman Thomas Holley will miss the season following hip surgery. Coach Will Muschamp says Holley had surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his hip joint. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle from Brooklyn, New York, will need about four months of recovery time, Muschamp says, and should be ready for spring practice in March. He will get a medical redshirt, leaving him with four years of eligibility. Muschamp says Holley's injury stems from a sports hernia he sustained in high school. Muschamp says, "Disappointed for Thomas. Certainly a guy that athletically we were very excited about. ... He just had a lot of discomfort involved, so we just decided to go ahead and do it." - AP Sports
08/18/14 - Braxton Miller, Sr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#3 QB)[Newsfeed] Braxton Miller says he's ready to play in a game. Now. He even challenged a sports writer to go out for a pass, to prove that his surgically repaired right shoulder is sturdy enough to wing a throw on demand. "I feel good. I could throw right now. You want to run a route?" he said, laughing. "I feel good, man." With just over two weeks remaining until the opener against Navy, Ohio State is being extremely cautious with the tender right arm of its star quarterback. Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, had surgery last spring on his throwing shoulder. He missed all 15 spring workouts while rehabbing and, after a full load of work in the first few days of fall camp, sat out Saturday's scrimmage with some soreness.
Coach Urban Meyer is not concerned — not now, anyway. "It's still early," he said. "If this was (later in camp) and he didn't go, then that's going to hinder our progress." Ohio State's coaches, including Miller's protege, offensive coordinator and QBs coach Tom Herman, are being very careful. They don't want to jeopardize their prized pupil, particularly when he's backed by largely inexperienced subs. Sophomores Cardale Jones and Luke Morgan and freshmen J.T. Barrett and Stephen Collier are Miller's top understudies. None has faced the heat in a game hanging in the balance. - AP Sports
08/15/14 - Rayshawn Jenkins, Jr, Miami, 6-1, 208 (DS#999 SS)[Newsfeed] Miami DB Rayshawn Jenkins (back) won't play in 2014...Miami released its first depth chart of the preseason on Thursday, along with confirmation that junior safety Rayshawn Jenkins will miss the entire 2014 season. Jenkins first broke the news on his Facebook account Wednesday night, only telling friends and followers that he would miss the year. Hurricanes coach Al Golden elaborated Thursday with details. Jenkins started 12 games at safety for the Hurricanes in 2013, recording three interceptions and ranking in the top five on the team with 46 tackles.
He missed all of spring drills with an undisclosed injury, but until this week he was thought to be in the mix for a starting job in 2014. Dallas Crawford and Deon Bush were listed as the starting safeties on the depth chart released Thursday. The quarterback competition, arguably the No. 1 topic of conversation for Miami fans, will take center stage between now and the season opener after Al Golden listed senior transfer Jake Heaps and freshman Brad Kaaya as co-starters. It is possible (or maybe even likely?) that Golden and offensive coordinator James Coley will keep the competition going right up until the Hurricanes' season opener at Louisville on Labor Day. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/14/14 - Mark Shuman, rSr, Virginia Tech, 6-6, 312 (DS#999 OT)[Newsfeed] Virginia Tech offensive lineman Mark Shuman has retired after tearing the meniscus in his left knee for the third time. The school announced Shuman's decision after an MRI confirmed the tear. Shuman suffered the same injury in 2011 and again last preseason. The school says the 22-year-old redshirt senior will take a medical disqualification for this season and remain on scholarship. He has already graduated with a degree in sociology with a concentration in crime and deviance and is pursuing a second degree in history. Shuman, 6-foot-7 and 312-pounds, played in 10 games during his career and figured prominently in the Hokies' offensive line plans this season. Coach Frank Beamer says he's disappointed for Shuman, but that he will remain a part of the team "in some capacity." - AP Sports
08/14/14 - Greg Daniels, rSr, Texas, 6-5, 243 (DS#46 TE)[Newsfeed] The Texas Longhorns will be without senior tight end Greg Daniels for some time, according to head coach Charlie Strong. During a Tuesday evening media availability, the Texas head coach said that Daniels will have his knee scoped. Depending on the nature of the procedure, Daniels could be out for six to eight weeks or could return much sooner. But at this point, he's likely to miss several games. The senior had just returned from offseason shoulder surgery that kept him out during the spring. And though the former high school defensive end and one-time defensive tackle at Texas only had three receptions last season, he was a critical component of the successful Longhorn rush attack along with junior college transfer Geoff Swaim, in addition to potentially figuring into an expanded role for the tight ends in the passing game this fall.
"Well, right now you have [Geoff] Swaim and [M.J.] McFarland at the tight end position and we've got to look to move someone else there with Daniels [out] but we're going to wait and just see where we are with him," said Strong. "The tight end position is a very critical position in our team and within our offense because there are different sets and different formations that we use. A tight end is a very valuable player. We're just going to have to sit down and see what candidates we have to move there." - Wescott Eberts, Burt Orange Nation
08/14/14 - Moses Saucedo, Jr, San Jose State, 6-0, 229 (DS#999 ILB)[Newsfeed] San Jose State junior linebacker Moses Saucedo suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at Monday’s practice and will need season-ending surgery. “He went to tackle and his knee got torqued the wrong way,” Spartans coach Ron Caragher said. “It was just a freak thing.”Saucedo played in all 12 games last year and started four for the Spartans. He entered fall as a projected starter at linebacker, taking over the spot of Jared Leaf, who was injured in an apartment fire in April. “It’s a tough deal because he was having a good fall camp and competing for a potential starting spot,” Caragher said. Saucedo had 23 tackles last year, including eight in the season-opening victory over Sacramento State. He started that game in place of the injured Christian Tago. - Jimmy Durkin, Spartan Central
08/14/14 - Merritt Hall, rJr, Georgia, 5-11, 226 (DS#999 FB)[Newsfeed] Georgia starting fullback Merritt Hall has been forced to give up football due to recurring concussions. Georgia announced Thursday Hall, a junior, has been medically disqualified by the school's sports medicine staff. Hall sustained a concussion last week during practice. According to Georgia, Hall had ''multiple concussions'' in high school and at Georgia before his latest injury. Hall played in 25 games, including seven starts, in his first two seasons. Primarily a blocker, he had only three carries for nine yards in the two seasons. - AP Sports
08/13/14 - Christian Jones, Sr, Northwestern, 6-3, 225 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Northwestern is losing two of its biggest weapons on offense...Last week it was announced that Northwestern's Venric Mark had been suspended for the first two games of the season, meaning that the Wildcats would be without their most dynamic playmaker to start 2014. Now they'll be without him all year, as the school announced Wednesday evening that Mark was transferring. The school says Mark is transferring for personal reasons, as he wants to play football closer to his family.
And as if the loss of Mark wasn't a big enough blow, Northwestern also announced that receiver Christian Jones will miss the entire 2014 season with a knee injury he suffered in practice. Jones was Northwestern's leading receiver last year, finishing the year with 54 catches for 668 yards and four touchdowns. That is a whole lot of production that the Wildcats offense is going to need to replace in 2014. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
08/12/14 - Devin Lucien, rJr, UCLA, 6-1, 200 (DS#36 WR)[Newsfeed] UCLA WR Lucien injured at practice...UCLA wide receiver Devin Lucien was taken by ambulance to a hospital early Tuesday evening after suffering a serious neck or head injury during practice. After hitting his head on the ground during a drill, Lucien got up and wobbled toward a medical tent where he was treated for about 15 minutes until the ambulance arrived. Paramedics, according to reports, immobilized Lucien before loading him up into the ambulance. As a sophomore, Lucien compiled 339 yards and two touchdowns on 19 receptions. He is projected as one of the top targets for quarterback Brett Hundley. Bruins head coach Jim Mora said Lucien was being treated by one of the best doctors for head injuries in the region. The Orange County Register's Ryan Kartje tweeted: Mora said he hit his head on the ground. No idea if Lucien lost consciousness. Said they're praying for the best. Could be serious. Mora was being cautious saying the extent of Lucien's injury was not known. - AP Sports
08/12/14 - Kyle Berger, Fr, Ohio State, 6-1, 229 (DS#999 ILB)[Newsfeed] Two Ohio State freshmen have sustained knee injuries, with linebacker Kyle Berger facing surgery on the same knee he injured before his senior season last year. Ohio State, which confirmed the injuries on Tuesday, said the Cleveland St. Ignatius High School product would have surgery next week. Classmate Dylan Thompson, out of Montini Catholic in Lombard, Ill., also sustained a knee injury but he will not require an operation. Both players are out indefinitely. Team spokesman Jerry Emig also disclosed that third-year wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos from Upper Arlington will end his playing career to concentrate on academics in hopes of going to medical school. - AP Sports
08/12/14 - Shaan Washington, So, Texas A&M, 6-3, 227 (DS#55 OLB)[Newsfeed] Texas A&M LB Shaan Washington (collarbone) out 4-6 weeks...Texas A&M linebacker Shaan Washington is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a broken collarbone, Kevin Sumlin confirmed after practice on Monday. The sophomore linebacker was listed as a potential starter on the preseason depth chart -- listed at the strongside position along with senior Donnie Baggs -- and was expected to play an important role on special teams. Washington recorded 26 tackles in 12 games of action as a freshman, with four tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Sumlin will let Washington decide whether or not to redshirt following his recovery from the injury. The current timetable has him back in action in early-to-mid September; an easier stretch of the schedule that includes Lamar, Rice and SMU. Washington's injury is yet another setback for a Texas A&M defense already lacking in experience after the departures of returning starters Darian Claiborne, Isaiah Golden and Gavin Stansbury. While most fans are closely watching the quarterback competition between Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen, it's the other side of the ball that presents the biggest concern heading into the season opener against South Carolina. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/12/14 - Kelby Brown, rSr, Duke, 6-2, 230 (DS#999 ILB)[Newsfeed] All-ACC Duke LB tears ACL...Duke linebacker Kelby Brown is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. An All-ACC pick for the Blue Devils in 2013, Brown was carted off the field during Monday's intrasquad scrimmage. Brown had ACL surgeries on his right knee twice previously. Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe said the injury was painful for the team, but trusted Brown, who had 114 tackles in 2013, would bounce back. "When you have a great person, a great player and a guy that's a stalwart in the program that's had two knee surgeries, it's upsetting to say the least," Cutcliffe told the Raleigh News & Observer. "Kelby is a very strong spiritual person, too, so he'll be fine. - The Sports Xchange
08/11/14 - Kelby Brown, rSr, Duke, 6-2, 230 (DS#999 ILB)[Newsfeed] Duke linebacker Kelby Brown will have an MRI after injuring his left knee during preseason camp. Team spokesman Art Chase said in an email that the fifth-year senior was rushing the quarterback during Monday's scrimmage when he was hurt. Brown entered his final season as the undisputed leader of a Duke defense that improved significantly last year during a surprise run to an Atlantic Coast Conference division championship. Brown was an all-ACC first-team pick and one of the league's top tacklers with 114 as Duke reached the ACC title game. Brown suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee late in the 2010 season, then redshirted the 2012 season after tearing his right ACL again. - AP Sports