10/07/15 - C.J. Johnson, rSr/2016, Mississippi, 6-1, 228 (DS#17 ILB)[Newsfeed] Mississippi linebacker C.J. Johnson had surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior has started four games this season, making 17 tackles and grabbing two interceptions. School spokesman Kyle Campbell confirmed Johnson's surgery on Tuesday and said the linebacker is expected to need four to six weeks to recover. Johnson's injury is the latest blow to a defense that's already missing defensive tackle Issac Gross and safety Tony Conner. Gross is out for the season because of a neck injury while Conner is also recovering from a torn meniscus and will likely miss at least a few more weeks. No. 14 Ole Miss (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) hosts New Mexico State (0-4) on Saturday in a non-conference game. - AP Sports
10/07/15 - Karl Joseph, Sr/2016, West Virginia, 5-11, 197 (DS#3 SS)[Newsfeed] West Virginia loses S Joseph to knee injury ...West Virginia will be without one of its top players for the remainder of the season after standout safety Karl Joseph suffered a knee injury during a non-contact drill in practice on Tuesday. The Mountaineers announced Wednesday that Joseph, a senior who was a first-team All-Big 12 player in 2014, has played his last college game. Joseph was tied for the FBS lead in interceptions with five. Three of those came in West Virginia's season opener against Georgia Southern. He was named the Big 12 player of the week and national player of the week by the Football Writers Association of America after his performance in that game.
"I am devastated and heartbroken for Karl," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. "He is a young man who has given everything he has to our football program and university over the past four years and who elected to return to WVU for his senior season to earn his degree and to be a part of something special with this team. He exemplifies what it means to be a Mountaineer." Joseph is listed as the No. 4 strong safety prospect in 2016 by NFLDraftScout.com. "Karl is an All-American, a fierce competitor, a leader and I know he will have a full recovery, and I can't wait to watch him on Sundays next fall," Holgorsen said. Joseph started 42 games during his career and logged 284 tackles, 16 1/2 tackles for loss, two sacks, nine interceptions, 14 pass breakups, eight forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. - The Sports Xchange
10/07/15 - Leonte Carroo, Sr/2016, Rutgers, 6-0, 205 (DS#3 WR)[Newsfeed] Rutgers WR Carroo back with team...Rutgers senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo was reinstated to the team on Wednesday by coach Kyle Flood after missing the past two games. Carroo was suspended after he was accused of slamming a woman into the concrete outside the Rutgers football facility last month. The woman, who was in a previous relationship with Carroo, refused to testify against him and a domestic violence charge was dropped Tuesday. Flood said Carroo was permitted to rejoin the Scarlet Knights "after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team."
Carroo was expected to return to practice on Wednesday as Rutgers prepares to face Michigan State in a Big Ten game on Saturday. Despite missing games against Penn State and Kansas, Carroo still leads the Scarlet Knights in receiving yards this year with 181 and is tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions with three. Last season, Carroo led Rutgers with 53 receptions for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's considered one of the top receivers in the Big Ten. - The Sports Xchange
10/07/15 - Pig Howard, Sr/2016, Tennessee, 5-08, 187 (DS#61 WR)[Newsfeed] Vols dismiss WR Howard...Tennessee senior wide receiver Alton "Pig" Howard was dismissed from the team on Wednesday by coach Butch Jones for a violation of unspecified team rules. Howard missed the Vols' season-opening win over Bowling Green because of a suspension for a violation of team rules and sat out the past two games with a concussion. He had one catch for 8 yards in two games this year. Jones did not specify whether the dismissall was related to Howard's earlier suspension. Last season, Howard led Tennessee with 54 receptions for 618 yards, bringing his career totals to 112 catches for 1,068 yards and five touchdowns and an additional 246 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 49 carries. Tennessee (2-3, 0-2 SEC) is at home Saturday to face No. 19 Georgia (4-1, 1-1). - The Sports Xchange
10/07/15 - Logan Tuley-Tillman, rSo/2018, Michigan, 6-6, 310 (DS#999 OT)[Newsfeed] Dismissed Michigan OL Tuley-Tillman charged with felonies...A month after Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh dismissed offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman from the program, he was charged with three felonies on Wednesday related to the alleged filming of a sex act with a woman without consent. Tuley-Tillman was charged with two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. The alleged incident took place Sept. 4 in Ann Arbor, one day after the Wolverines opened the 2015 season against Utah. According to the police report, Tuley-Tillman filmed the woman without her knowledge and sent it to his personal device without her permission.
The redshirt sophomore played in the opener against Utah. He entered the season listed as the No. 2 left tackle after playing in one game last year. Harbaugh dismissed Tuley-Tillman from the team in September for "conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete." Tuley-Tillman could face up to two years in prison, a $2,000 fine or both on the capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person charge. If convicted on the using a computer to commit a crime charge, he could face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. A preliminary examination is scheduled for Nov. 12. Tuley-Tillman is free on a $5,000 personal bond. - The Sports Xchange
10/06/15 - John Lunsford, Sr/2016, Liberty, 6-1, 182 (DS#2 K)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 BIG SKY SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Liberty placekicker John Lunsford (Fort Myers, Fla.) tallied 11 points on 5-of-5 PATs and 2-of-2 field goals at Georgia State, while six of his eight kickoffs went for touchbacks. His 28-yard field goal extended Liberty’s lead to 38-27 in the fourth quarter. After Georgia State pulled within five points with less than three minutes to play, Lunsford nailed a 56-yarder with 2:27 remaining for the eventual final margin. Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Marquel Hines (Presbyterian College). - Big Sky Football
10/06/15 - John Sieczkowski, Sr/2016, Monmouth (NJ), 6-2, 215 (DS#999 OLB)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Monmouth linebacker John Sieczkowski (Manalapan, N.J.) finished with two tackles for loss and a pick-six to help Monmouth defeat Bryant, 31-24. His interception came deep in Bryant territory as he picked off a deflected pass and returned it five yards for a score that put the Hawks ahead, 24-16, with 11:32 left in the game. Sieczkowski’s two TFLs created second-and-long situations. Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Obinna Ntiasagwe (Presbyterian College). - Big Sky Football
10/06/15 - Desmond Rice, rSr/2016, Liberty, 5-08, 195 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Liberty running back Desmond Rice (Lynchburg, Va.) rushed 22 times for 87 yards and three touchdowns to lead Liberty past Georgia State, 41-33. He was the catalyst behind the Flames’ 263 rushing yards and 43:33 in time of possession. Rice scored his first touchdown on 4th-and-goal from the one to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. He added another one-yard score in the second quarter that put the Flames ahead, 21-14. Rice’s final touchdown was another 4th-and-goal conversion as he scored from a yard out to put Liberty ahead for good, 28-21. Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: De’Angelo Henderson (Coastal Carolina), Darrell Bridges (Presbyterian College), Cody Williams (Monmouth). - Big Sky Football
10/06/15 - Reggie White Jr., rFr/2018, Monmouth (NJ), 6-2, 195 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 BIG SKY FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Monmouth wide receiver Reggie White Jr. (Randallstown, Md.) caught five passes for a team-high 85 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 1:16 remaining. With the game tied at 24-24, White caught a screen pass, dodged through defenders and sprinted 50 yards for a touchdown to give the Hawks a 31-24 advantage. His 16-yard TD grab earlier in the game made the score 14-0 late in the first quarter. Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Tarrol Stafford (Coastal Carolina), Chris Turner (Liberty). - Big Sky Football
10/06/15 - Ugonna Awuruonye, rSr/2016, Campbell, 6-5, 260 (DS#34 DE)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 STATS FCS NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ugonna Awuruonye, Campbell, DE, R-Sr., 6-5, 260, Charlotte, North Carolina...Campbell's Mike Minter coached Awuruonye for one season in high school, so the Camels' third-year head coach has been glad to reunite with the All-Pioneer Football League pass rusher. Awuruonye collected 10 tackles and three sacks, which tied a school single-game record, in Campbell's 24-14 smothering of Drake. He set the Camels' career sacks mark with 19 and extended his school tackles-for-loss record to 31.5 while leading a defensive effort that had nine sacks and held Drake to 154 total yards. Honorable Mention: Brett Taylor, LB, Western Illinois. - STATS FCS Football
10/06/15 - Dalyn Williams, Sr/2016, Dartmouth, 5-11, 210 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 STATS FCS NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth, QB, Sr., 6-0, 215, Corinth, Texas...The All-Ivy League quarterback enjoyed a near-perfect performance in Dartmouth's first win at Penn in 18 seasons, 41-20. He completed 92 percent of his passes (23 of 25) in wet, windy conditions to top the school record which had stood for 53 years. He threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns, which tied a career high, and carried the ball 13 times for 73 yards and the Big Green's other two touchdowns. He went over 400 total yards in a game (with 409) for the third time in his career. Honorable Mention: Trent Brittain, QB, Incarnate Word. - STATS FCS Football
10/06/15 - Caleb Kidder, rJr/2017, Montana, 6-4, 275 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Montana defensive tackle Caleb Kidder helped the Montana Grizzlies to a 27-13 victory over UC Davis. Kidder played several different roles for a staunch Griz defense, making five solo tackles and two assisted for seven total. He also picked up a sack for a loss of 11 yards. Additionally, Kidder recovered a fumble and also had an interception. Nominees for ROOT SPORTS Defensive Player of the Week included: Cal Poly linebacker Tu'uta Inoke; Northern Colorado safety Trevor Douglass; Sacramento State linebacker Darnell Sankey; Northern Arizona safety Eddie Horn; Idaho State defensive lineman Jake Pettit; Southern Utah linebacker Taylor Nelson; North Dakota linebacker Will Ratelle; and Portland State safety Patrick Onwuasor. - Big Sky Football
10/06/15 - Casey Jahn, Sr/2016, Northern Arizona, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Arizona running back Casey Jahn helped lead Northern Arizona to a 49-41 victory over nationally-ranked Montana State. Jahn set a new career-high when he rushed for 175 yards in the win over No. 11 Montana State. Jahn had seven carries and found the end zone twice for his first set of touchdowns this season. Jahn's first score came with 13 seconds left in the first half as he recorded a one-yard touchdown run. He scored again for the Lumberjacks to start the second half. He averaged 7.3 yards per carry and had a long of 45 yards. Nominees for ROOT SPORTS Offensive Player of the Week included: Montana quarterback Chad Chalich; Cal Poly running back Kori Garcia; Sacramento State running back Jordan Robinson; Idaho State wide receiver Madison Mangum; Southern Utah quarterback Ammon Olsen; North Dakota quarterback Keaton Studsrud; Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop; and Portland State receiver Paris Penn. - Big Sky Football
10/06/15 - Reid Taubenheim, So/2018, North Dakota, 6-0, 195 (DS#999 K)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 BIG SKY SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: North Dakota kicker Reid Taubenheim equaled his career-high with four made field goals in UND's 19-17 victory over ranked Portland State. The sophomore's 29-yarder in the fourth quarter gave UND the lead for good. He also had makes from 23 and 37 yards in the first half, and added a 41-yarder in the third quarter of UND's first road victory over a ranked opponent in its Division I era. Nominees for ROOT SPORTS Special Teams Player of the Week included: Montana kicker Chris Lider; Northern Colorado returner Hakeem Deggs; Sacramento State kicker Brad Cornish; Northern Arizona kicker Ryan Hawkins; UC Davis punter Colby Wadman; and Southern Utah kick returner Naia Ursua. - Big Sky Football
10/06/15 - John Robertson, rSr/2016, Villanova, 6-1, 221 (DS#16 QB)[Newsfeed] A trip down south is usually embraced by someone living in the Northeast. Just not when it's a visit to Dr. James Andrews. The famed orthopedic surgeon has recommended that Villanova senior quarterback John Robertson not return to the playing field this season because of the torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, and Wildcats coach Andy Talley said Monday that the 2014 FCS Player of the Year's college career is over. "No, he is not able to come back," Talley said on the weekly CAA Football coaches call. "He went down to see Dr. Andrews ... and he has a torn PCL. They really feel like it's non-surgical at this point, that it's best that they don't operate, they just feel he can rehab it. But it's going to be a good six months' rehab. "In order to be available for pro tryouts, they really feel his best option is to, obviously, not play, and rehab the knee."
Robertson, injured against Delaware on Sept. 19, accounted for 10,933 total yards (7,290 passing, 3,643 rushing) and 113 touchdowns (65 passing, 48 rushing) in his standout career. He and Brian Westbrook are the only players in Villanova history to run for 1,000 yards in a season three times. In addition to becoming the school's third different FCS Player of the Year as a junior, Robertson won national freshman of the year honors in 2012. "He's had a phenomenal career, kind of a legendary quarterback," Talley said. "It's just a shame that he didn't have a chance to put it back together again for one more year. He left his name on the sands of times at Villanova, that is for sure." - STATS FCS
10/06/15 - Myles Garrett, So/2018, Texas AM, 6-5, 255 (DS#1 DE)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M ...Led the team with seven overall tackles, five unassisted which included one sack for loss of seven yards and two tackles for losses of eight yards...Broke up one pass, forced a fumble and showed his speed from sideline to sideline tracking down runners...He now has 7.5 sacks on the season. - SEC Football
10/06/15 - Derrick Henry, Jr/2017, Alabama, 6-2, 242 (DS#2 RB)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama...Junior running back Henry set a career-high with 148 yards and a touchdown...The game captain matched the Alabama record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown at 10...Set a career-high with 26 carries...Broke free for a touchdown run of 30 yards...Had four rushes of 10 or more yards while accounting for five first downs. - SEC Football
10/06/15 - Sebastian Tretola, rSr/2016, Arkansas, 6-5, 334 (DS#10 OG)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Sebastian Tretola, OL, Arkansas...Played all 73 offensive plays, no sacks, four knockdowns, 83 percent grade...Tretola helped pave the way for Arkansas' third straight game with over 225 yards on the ground, as it ran for 275 yards in Saturday's win at Tennessee...At left guard for all 73 snaps on Saturday, Tretola helped clear the way for both Alex Collins and Rawleigh Williams III to both go over 100 yards on the ground, becoming the first Arkansas tandem to do so in an SEC game since Darren McFadden and Felix Jones in 2007. - SEC Football
10/06/15 - Calvin Ridley, Fr/2019, Alabama, 6-0, 188 (DS#1 WR)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama...Freshman receiver Calvin Ridley caught five passes for 120 yards and a touchdown...Is the first true freshman receiver to have a 100-yard receiving game since Amari Cooper in the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame...The 120 yards was a career-best after having just 125 yards on the season entering the game...Two of his five catches were 45 yards or longer, with a 50-yard grab in the first quarter and a 45-yard touchdown in the second quarter...Averaged a career-best 28.75 yards per reception...Three of his five receptions converted first downs for the Crimson Tide...Has caught 19 passes for 223 yards in the last four games. - SEC Football
10/06/15 - Johnathan Ford, Jr/2017, Auburn, 5-11, 203 (DS#4 FS)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Johnathan Ford, KR, Auburn...Returned two kickoffs for 81 yards, including a career-long 58 yarder...Both returns set up Auburn touchdowns...Defensively had a career-high 14 tackles. - SEC Football
10/06/15 - Antonio Morrison, Sr/2016, Florida, 6-1, 225 (DS#12 ILB)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Antonio Morrison, LB, Florida...Recorded 16 tackles in the contest, five of those being unassisted, in the home win over No. 3 Ole Miss...Contributed 3.5 tackles for a loss of nine yards...Part of the defensive unit that sacked Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly four times, Morrison contributing half a sack to that total. - SEC Football
10/06/15 - Stefan McClure, rSr/2016, California, 5-10, 200 (DS#16 SS)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Safety Stefan McClure, a senior safety from Vista, Calif., helped California to a 34-28 win over Washington State and marked the Golden Bears’ fifth-straight victory. McClure recorded six tackles including his first career sack for nine yards. He also ran a 45-yard fumble return for a touchdown on fake punt in the third quarter that was Cal’s first fumble return for a score since the 2011 season opener. Both his fumble return and sack came in the third quarter at key moments of the game, as the fumble return cut the Washington State lead to 21-20. McClure’s third-down sack moved the Cougars back nine yards to attempt a 40-yard field goal that was missed which would have increased their lead to 31-20. Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Alex Balducci, NT, ORE; Blake Martinez, LB, STAN; Isaako Savaiinaea, UCLA. - Pac-12 Football
10/06/15 - Mike Bercovici, rSr/2016, Arizona State, 6-0, 205 (DS#12 QB)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Quarterback Mike Bercovici, a senior quarterback from Calabasas, Calif., led the Sun Devils to a 38-23 road win over No. 7 UCLA on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Bercovici accounted for three touchdowns, including two passing and one rushing, and 310 total yards, including 273 passing yards and 37 rushing yards. He was 27-for-44 passing and connected with seven different receivers. His career-long 34-yard touchdown run in the third quarter pushed ASU’s lead to 12, 22-10, with just over 11 minutes to play in the quarter. It was the Sun Devils’ longest touchdown run this season. Bercovici converted 17 first downs in the win, including four first downs in the final 10 minutes of the game. The win marked ASU’s first road win over an AP Top-25 team since 2002 and was the second win over an AP Top-10 team in head coach Todd Graham’s four seasons at ASU. Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Jared Goff, QB, CAL; Bralon Addison, WR, ORE; Christian McCaffrey, RB, STAN; Thomas Duarte, WR, UCLA. - Pac-12 Football
10/06/15 - Matt Haack, Jr/2017, Arizona State, 6-1, 199 (DS#15 P)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Punter Matt Haack, a junior punter from West Des Moines, Iowa, dropped a career-best five of his eight punts inside the 20-yard line and finished with 345 yards (43.1 average), including a long of 63. His previous career-high was three punts inside the top-20. Haack’s final kick of the game was one of the key plays of the game, as he pinned UCLA at its own one-yard line with five minutes remaining in the game. ASU picked up a safety on UCLA’s ensuing drive, and the Sun Devils scored the final touchdown of the game on their next drive. The only punt of Haack’s eight that was returned was his first of the game, and netted a negative of three yards. Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Stefan McClure, S, CAL; Matt Wogan, KO, ORE; Conrad Ukropina, STAN; Ka’imi Fairbairn, PK; UCLA. - Pac-12 Football
10/06/15 - Michael Gordon, Sr/2016, Arkansas State, 5-09, 187 (DS#47 RB)[Newsfeed] OCT 5 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michael Gordon (Arkansas State, RB, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies)...Senior running back Michael Gordon rushed for a career-high 221 yards and season-high three touchdowns against Idaho, leading Arkansas State to a 49-35 victory over the Vandals. Gordon's 221 rushing yards were the second most by a Sun Belt Conference player this season, the 11th most in the nation so far this year and the second most ever by an A-State player at Centennial Bank Stadium. He ran the ball a career-high 26 times, averaging 8.5 yards per attempt, and recorded three or more rushing touchdowns in a game for the fifth time of his career. - Sun Belt Football