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12/10/14 - Brandon Facyson, So, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 191 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson is recovering after breaking his leg in practice and undergoing surgery. Hokies trainer Mike Goforth said Monday that the sophomore broke the tibia and fibula in his left leg on Sunday and had surgery the same day. It's the second injury for Facyson, who missed most of this season while recovering from a stress reaction in the same leg in the spring. Facyson had a bone graft to expedite the healing process after spring practice, but reinjured the leg after three games this season. He has not played since. Facyson is expected to miss spring practice but be ready to resume working with the team in the summer. The native of Newnan, Georgia was a third-team All-ACC selection as a freshman. - AP Sports
12/03/14 - Clive Walford, rSr, Miami, 6-4, 258 (DS#1 TE)[Newsfeed] 'Canes TE Walford may return for bowl game...One of the Miami Hurricanes' most potent offensive weapons, tight end Clive Walford, might have played his last down for the program. In Saturday's 35-13 loss to Pittsburgh, Walford injured his knee. The extent of the injury remains unknown, although there have been reports that Walford's season is over because of a torn MCL. The school has said only that he suffered a knee injury and will have a procedure on Wednesday. But the Palm Beach Post reported that Walford suffered a torn meniscus, not torn MCL and already had undergone surgery, and that he could be ready to play in a bowl game. Walford considered entering last year's NFL Draft, but decided to return to Miami for his senior season. His decision has been a boon to the Hurricanes offense. Walford has compiled a team-high 44 receptions for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
12/03/14 - J.T. Barrett, rFr, Ohio State, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Ohio State QB Barrett breaks right ankle...Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was carted off the field early in the fourth quarter Saturday against Michigan with what later was diagnosed as a fractured right lankle. He was scheduled for surgery on Sunday. Barrett, a Heisman Trophy candidate, went down on the first play of the fourth quarter when he was bent over backwards by a Wolverines defensive player and his leg was pinned. Barrett was removed after having air cast placed on the leg. He was replaced by Cardale Jones. The Buckeyes led 28-21 at the time and eventually won 42-28. - The Sports Xchange
11/17/14 - Neiron Ball, rSr, Florida, 6-2, 230 (DS#33 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
11/16/14 - Trevor Siemian, rSr, Northwestern, 6-3, 210 (DS#24 QB)[Newsfeed] Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald already knew what it felt like to beat Notre Dame. That's because he did it as a linebacker in 1995, in a game the Chicago Sun Times described as "The Upset of the Century." He thinks he likes this win more. Northwestern's Jack Mitchell forced the game into overtime with a 45-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in regulation, then hit a 41-yard field goal to give Northwestern a 43-40 win over No. 15 Notre Dame Saturday. Fitzgerald said he hadn't talked about the 1995 game with his team but said they knew about it because of media reports. "It should be told. It's a special part of our tradition and a special part of our history," he said.
Even the hardiest of Wildcats fans might have given up hope when the Irish took the lead when Will Fuller caught his third touchdown pass with 10:34 left. Northwestern's next drive stalled at the Notre Dame 26 and a 43-yard attempt from Mitchell was blocked by Mike McGlinchey. But the Wildcats gave themselves a chance when they drove 73 yards in less than two minutes and quarterback Trevor Siemian scored untouched on a 6-yard run with 4:10 left. Warren Long made a two-point conversion on a run after Notre Dame (7-3, No. 18 CFP) was called for pass interference. - AP Sports
11/15/14 - J.T. Barrett, rFr, Ohio State, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Ohio State 31, Minnesota 24...Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett passed for 200 yards, rushed for 189 more and accounted for four touchdowns, leading the No. 8 Buckeyes to a 31-24 victory over Minnesota on Saturday at snowy TCF Bank Stadium. Barrett, a Heisman Trophy candidate, staked the Buckeyes (9-1 overall, 6-0 in the Big Ten) to a 14-point lead after one quarter, scoring on an 86-yard run on Ohio State's second offensive possession and connecting with wide receiver Jalin Marshall on a 57-yard touchdown pass.
With the Buckeyes up 10 with a chance to put the game away, Barrett helped do just that, converting a crucial third-and-5 with a gutty six-yard run to keep the drive alive and drain the clock to under three minutes remaining. Minnesota (7-3, 4-2) turned his only mistake of the day, an interception on a long throw downfield, into seven points, capping a six-play 39-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run by David Cobb early in the second quarter. Cobb added a 30-yard run to tie the game, 14-14, late in the second quarter before Barrett led the Buckeyes on a quick 57-yard drive, capped by a 22-yard field goal by Sean Nuernberger on the final play of the first half. - The Sports Xchange
11/15/14 - Deshaun Watson, Fr, Clemson, 6-3, 190 (DS#4 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#11 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#13 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#13 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#25 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 - J.T. Barrett, rFr, Ohio State, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] No QB controversy at Ohio State -- for now...Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, after previously backing Braxton Miller as his starter when he returns from a shoulder injury, has softened his stance because quarterback J.T. Barrett is playing at such a high level this season. Miller suffered a shoulder injury in August and he's still facing a long rehabilitation process. Barrett picked up where Miller left off and has the Buckeyes in the thick of the College Football Playoff conversation. There's no quarterback controversy this year, but next season could be a different story.
"Competition brings out the best, and I'm really excited to have two really good quarterbacks next year," Meyer said Monday during his weekly news conference. "That's the plan. "I think they're both excellent quarterbacks. Excellent quarterbacks. And we'll worry about that day when it comes. "We're very fortunate to have those guys." Barrett, a redshirt freshman, clearly has taken command of Ohio State's high-scoring offense. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as Ohio State scored at will against Michigan State for a 49-37 win Saturday night, moving the Buckeyes to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten. Ohio State came into the game ranked No. 14 by the playoff committee. The Spartans (7-2) were No. 8. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/14 - Pharaoh Brown, Jr, Oregon, 6-5, 241 (DS#999 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#10 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#3 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#4 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 - J.T. Barrett, rFr, Ohio State, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more scores, helping Ohio State's offense to a big performance on the road. With one overwhelming offensive display, the Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) re-established themselves as the Big Ten's dominant team under Urban Meyer, avenged their loss to Michigan State in last year's conference title game, and boosted their case for a berth in college football's four-team playoff. Ohio State came into the game ranked No. 14 by the playoff committee. The Spartans (7-2, 4-1) were No. 8 and will almost surely drop out of contention. Barrett went 16 of 26 for 300 yards. Jeremy Langford ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns for Michigan State. - AP Sports