10/29/14 - Dres Anderson, Sr, Utah, 6-2, 190 (DS#7 WR) Utah announced Wednesday morning that senior wide receiver Dres Anderson will miss the remainder of the 2014 season due to a knee injury. Anderson is currently ranked as the No. 14 wide receiver prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com and No. 90 prospect overall. He was considered a second day draft pick, but the severity of his injury could push him out of the top-100 picks. It is unclear if the injury occurred in Saturday's win over USC or during practice, but Anderson has been ruled out for the rest of the season and his readiness to work out for scouts prior to the 2015 NFL Draft is in question.
Anderson, the son of 10-year NFL veteran receiver Willie “Flipper” Anderson, led the Utes this season with 355 receiving yards and four touchdowns, averaging 16.1 yards per catch. He will finish his college career with 2,077 career receiving yards, which ranks fifth-best in school history. As a NFL prospect, Anderson is highly thought of due to his speed to release off the line of scrimmage and stretch the field. He has long, fast strides to eat grass in a hurry and accelerate past defenders, showing sticky hands and excellent tracking ability. Anderson is lean-muscled and doesn't have ideal NFL bulk, but he uses his frame well to pluck and is much tougher than he looks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/29/14 - Matt Joeckel, rSr, TCU, 6-4, 237 (DS#26 QB) Trevone Boykin is enjoying a sensational season. But he may need to remain as healthy as he is skilled in order to maintain TCU's chances of a Big 12 title and playoff berth. Gary Patterson said Tuesday that he believes backup quarterback Matt Joeckel will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the Frogs' 82-27 demolition of Texas Tech on Saturday. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Joeckel will not travel with the team when it plays West Virginia this Saturday. The Dallas Morning News notes that Patterson had said on Saturday that Joeckel's injury was "probably not good."
The same might be true for the Frogs' chances against the Mountaineers if Boykin goes down also goes down. Joeckel's backup spot will likely go to redshirt freshman Zach Allen, a three-star recruit in the class of 2013 who has attemped two career passes. Patterson said Tuesday he would not burn the redshirt of the two true freshman quarterbacks on the Frogs' roster. The injury could spell the end of Joeckel's career. A senior who transferred to TCU after earning his degree at Texas A&M (and backing up Johnny Manziel), Jockel squared off against Boykin for the starting job throughout fall camp and appeared in five games for the Frogs, completing 12 of his 21 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
10/29/14 - Ereck Flowers, Jr, Miami, 6-5, 322 (DS#3 OT) Miami is planning to be without starting left tackle Ereck Flowers for at least this Saturday's game against North Carolina. Hurricanes coach Al Golden says he expects to know Wednesday when Flowers can return, if at all this season. Golden says Flowers had a recurring injury flare up again in recent days. Miami has also lost offensive linemen K.C. McDermott and Taylor Gadbois to injury in recent weeks. Jon Feliciano will likely start at left tackle this week, with Trevor Darling moving into Feliciano's spot on the right side. - AP Sports
10/28/14 - Denzel Nkemdiche, Jr, Mississippi, 5-11, 212 (DS#18 OLB) Ole Miss LB Nkemdiche out for season...Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle suffered in Saturday's 10-7 loss to LSU. Coach Hugh Freeze confirmed the injury Monday. Nkemdiche underwent ankle surgery Sunday. The injury occurred in the first quarter, forcing him to miss the rest of the game. Nkemdiche was seen with a walking boot on his foot during the second half. Nkemdiche had 28 tackles and a sack for the Rebels this season. Nkemdiche's brother Robert Nkemdiche, a top defensive lineman, and All-American safety Cody Prewitt also suffered undisclosed injuries in the game. Starting left tackle Laremy Tunsil left the game with a biceps injury, but he returned to the field later. Freeze described all three players as "day to day." No. 7 Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1 SEC) hosts No. 4 Auburn (6-1, 3-1) on Saturday night. - The Sports Xchange
10/28/14 - Chad Wheeler, rSo, Southern Cal, 6-7, 282 (DS#6 OT) Southern California left tackle Chad Wheeler will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his right knee. USC coach Steve Sarkisian disclosed the extent of Wheeler's injury Sunday. Sarkisian says Wheeler tore the ACL in his knee on the third play of USC's 24-21 loss to Utah on Saturday night, but stayed in the game for several more plays. Wheeler is a 6-foot-7 redshirt sophomore from Santa Monica who has started all 22 games for USC (5-3, 4-2 Pac-12) over the past two seasons. He won the starting job on the thin offensive line and emerged as a leader this fall. Aundrey Walker took over at left tackle. He will remain at the spot this week, Sarkisian says. - AP Sports
10/28/14 - Denzel Nkemdiche, Jr, Mississippi, 5-11, 212 (DS#18 OLB) Mississippi linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche is out for the season after breaking his ankle in Saturday's 10-7 loss to LSU. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze confirmed the injury on Monday, saying Nkemdiche had surgery on Sunday. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound junior preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection and had 28 tackles through seven games this season. No. 7 Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1 SEC) hosts No. 4 Auburn (6-1, 3-1) on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels are giving up just 10.5 points per game, which is the lowest amount in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Freeze said that other Ole Miss players who were hurt during the LSU game - including offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and safety Cody Prewitt - are expected to return for the Auburn game. - AP Sports
10/28/14 - Gary Nova, Sr, Rutgers, 6-2, 220 (DS#14 QB) Rutgers coach Kyle Flood knew it would be difficult for his team to come out of the toughest part of its inaugural Big Ten schedule unscathed. A week after losing big at Ohio State, the Scarlet Knights lost 42-24 at No. 16 Nebraska on Saturday and head into next week's game against Wisconsin with questions at quarterback. Gary Nova injured his right knee when he landed hard while getting tackled on the second-to-last play of the first half. Redshirt freshman Chris Laviano played the rest of the game. "We're disappointed that we're 0-2 if you look at it from a two-game perspective," said Flood, whose team was outscored 98-41 by the Buckeyes and Cornhuskers. "I think we've come out of it a better football team. I think just from the experience of it, going on the road and playing some of the best teams in the country, we're going to be a better football team." Flood said it would take a couple of days to determine the extent of Nova's injury. Laviano, who had appeared in two games and thrown four passes before Saturday, was 4 of 7 for 49 yards. He broke a couple of long scrambles and finished with a team-high 54 yards on five carries. - AP Sports
10/25/14 - Byron Jones, rSr, Connecticut, 6-1, 196 (DS#7 CB) Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones will undergo surgery on his left shoulder and miss the remainder of the season. Coach Bob Diaco says the Huskies senior captain has a history of shoulder problems and was injured against during the first half of Thursday night's 31-21 loss at No. 18 East Carolina. Diaco says Jones should be healed in time to prepare for the NFL draft in the spring, and should be "better than new." Jones likely will be replaced in the Huskies lineup by true freshman Jamar Summers or John Green, a converted wide receiver. Jones had 24 tackles and two interceptions for the Huskies (1-6) this season, including one he returned 70-yards for a touchdown against South Florida. He finished his career with 223 tackles and eight interceptions. - AP Sports
10/25/14 - Dwight White, rSo, Northwestern, 5-10, 185 (DS#999 CB) Northwestern CB ends career early...Northwestern cornerback Dwight White is giving up football after discovering that he has only one kidney. In June, the redshirt sophomore learned during a routine examination and testing that he was missing a kidney. Then, before the Wildcats' season opener, he was kicked during practice and suffered a kidney contusion. After consulting with doctors, training staff, his parents and coach Pat Fitzgerald, White grudgingly decided it was best to give up the sport for the betterment of his long-term health. White played in 12 games and started three last season but had not seen action this year.
"I said: 'You've had a great run in football, and you have a great life ahead of you. If you're my son, I'm advising you to retire," Fitzgerald said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "It's a bitter pill to swallow to lose the game you love, but we can keep you involved and engaged if you choose." White will remain on scholarship, and beginning next year will not count against the school's 85-player scholarship limit. He hopes to graduate in June 2016 with a communications degree. "We love Dwight and we're proud to have him as a part of the Wildcats football family," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "It's disappointing to lose a great teammate from the field, but I'm excited he's able to remain involved in the program, and I'm looking forward to his continuing development as a student, a leader and a professional at Northwestern." - The Sports Xchange
10/25/14 - Dwight White, rSo, Northwestern, 5-10, 185 (DS#999 CB) Northwestern CB ends career early...Northwestern issued a press release Thursday that did not indicate the reason for White giving up football. "Being a member of the football program at Northwestern University has been a huge blessing," White said. "Throughout my life, football has been awesome during the good times where I've had lots of success, and through the tough times where I've strived for success. "This football family is part of who I am, and that won't change with this decision I've had to make for my long-term health. It hurts knowing I will no longer wear my family name across my back and Northwestern across the front of my jersey on a national level, but I will always support my friends and my second family on and off the field. "As I get older, I will be able to look back on this decision and feel good about the time I have had here as a student-athlete. I'm so grateful to be here at Northwestern where I'm able to continue my education at this prestigious university. "I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches, teammates and especially the Northwestern Sports Medicine staff for all of their support. - The Sports Xchange
10/22/14 - Luther Maddy, Sr, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 292 (DS#999 DT) Hokies DT Maddy out for season...A second right knee surgery in the span of three weeks will sideline Virginia Tech defensive tackle Luther Maddy for the rest of the season. Maddy, who has 33 career starts and was a third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick in 2013, started the first four games of the 2014 season before he had surgery for a meniscus tear and underwent surgery. "After his knee surgery on Sept. 23, Luther Maddy had two options moving forward. Luther has chosen the option of having an additional procedure and taking a medical hardship, so we will move forward based on his decision," Mike Goforth, Virginia Tech's associate athletic director for sports medicine, said in a release. "The expected recovery time is four to six months, and he will be limited in the spring but is expected to be full for fall practice." Maddy said said via Twitter that he plans to apply for a medical redshirt and return to the Hokies next year. - The Sports Xchange
10/22/14 - Luther Maddy, Sr, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 292 (DS#999 DT) Virginia Tech defensive tackle Luther Maddy will have a second surgery on his injured right knee and miss the remainder of the season. Hokies trainer Mike Goforth says Maddy's recovery time will be 4-6 months and that Maddy will pursue a medical hardship redshirt. Maddy tore the meniscus in his right knee during Virginia Tech's loss to East Carolina on Sept. 13. He played the following week against Georgia Tech. The defensive lineman had surgery Sept. 25 and was expected to return in 2-4 weeks, but has not played since. Maddy can pursue the medical hardship because he has never redshirted at Virginia Tech. Maddy was a preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection this season. He has played in four games. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Sean Robinson, rSr, Purdue, 6-3, 239 (DS#58 ILB) Purdue senior linebacker Sean Robinson is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Coach Darrell Hazell says Robinson will have surgery on Oct. 28. He was injured an Oct. 4 victory at Illinois. Robinson, who began his Purdue career as a quarterback before making the switch to defense, had 42 tackles in six games this season. Purdue (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) have a bye week and will return to action on Nov. 1 at No. 16 Nebraska. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Adam Choice, Fr, Clemson, 5-09, 215 (DS#999 RB) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said leading running back Adam Choice is lost for the season after tearing a knee ligament. The 21st-ranked Tigers (5-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will also be without tight end Jordan Leggett for several weeks due after he also suffered a knee injury. Swinney said both players were injured in last Saturday's 17-13 victory at Boston College. Clemson faces Syracuse (3-4, 1-2) on Saturday night. Choice, a freshman, led Clemson with 218 yards and a touchdown. Swinney said Choice would need surgery in a couple of weeks to repair an ACL. Swinney said Leggett tore his meniscus and sprained an MCL. He's caught 10 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. The coach did not provide any further details on the injuries, per athletic department policy. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Trevor Davis, rJr, California, 6-2, 180 (DS#999 WR) California receiver Trevor Davis has been released from the hospital after he was hurt on a kickoff return. Davis was removed from the field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter Saturday against UCLA. The team says he was taken to the hospital for tests before being released around midnight Sunday. "I'd like to thank everyone so much for all the prayers, and I'm blessed to say that I'm doing good and will be back soon," Davis said on his Twitter account. Davis stayed down on the turf for a long time after appearing to take a knee to the helmet as he was tackled Saturday. While the trainers were tending to him, Davis' teammates kneeled on the field and the crowd chanted "Tre-vor Da-vis! Tre-vor Da-vis!" Davis was able to move his legs and talk. He gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was taken away on a cart. Cal lost the game 36-34. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Miles Shuler, Sr, Northwestern, 5-10, 175 (DS#999 WR) Northwestern wide receiver Miles Shuler has been taken off the field on a stretcher after a short reception against Nebraska. Shuler had his head down when he slammed into Nebraska safety Corey Cooper with 3:36 left in the third quarter on Saturday night. The stadium was mostly silent as Shuler was attended to by trainers during a long delay, and Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini walked across the field to check on the junior. There was a warm round of applause as Shuler left the field, and he held his right arm up to acknowledge the cheers. The school says Shuler was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Shuler had five receptions for 33 yards in the game. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Jason Spriggs, Jr, Indiana, 6-6, 307 (DS#12 OT) Indiana left tackle Jason Spriggs was released from a local hospital Saturday night about two hours after he was carted off the field with a feared neck injury. Team spokesman Jeff Keag said doctors gave him a "clean bill of health." He did not have any additional information about the injury. Earlier, Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson told reporters Spriggs had pain in his upper neck but had movement in his extremities. The scary scene occurred after it appeared Spriggs was hurt on a helmet-to-helmet collision with 4:54 to play. Spriggs remained face down for several minutes as trainers tended to him. A golf cart then drove onto the field and he was placed on a backboard, taken to an ambulance and transported to the hospital. "He took a hit head on," Wilson said. "Was conscious, breathing but had some upper neck pain. Took a step and fell down." The 6-foot-7, 300-pound junior is considered to be Indiana's top offensive lineman. His injury appeared to be another tough break for the Hoosiers (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten), who lost their top two quarterbacks with injuries that will likely end their seasons. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Trevor Davis, rJr, California, 6-2, 180 (DS#999 WR) California kickoff returner Trevor Davis was taken to the hospital after being removed from the field on a stretcher when he was injured on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter Saturday against UCLA. Davis stayed down on the turf for a long time after appearing to take a knee to the helmet as he was tackled. While the trainers were tending to him, Davis' teammates showed concern as they kneeled on the field and the crowd chanted "Tre-vor Da-vis! Tre-vor Da-vis!" Davis was able to move his legs and was seen talking. He gave a thumb's up to the crowd as he was taken away on a cart and brought to the hospital. "He said he felt OK," coach Sonny Dykes said. "He's going to the hospital but certainly signs from the field all looked good."
After the delay for the injury, Cal tried to drive for the winning score but Jared Goff threw an interception in the final minute of a 36-34 loss. "That was kind of scary to see," Goff said. "It was tough having to go out there and try to put a drive together." UCLA coach Jim Mora began his news conference by sending good wishes to Davis. "You just hate to see anybody go down," Mora said. "When you have to bring the cart out it just brings everything into perspective. These are kids playing a game that they love. Hopefully that young man is OK. UCLA is thinking about him." - AP Sports
10/17/14 - Tre Madden, rJr, Southern Cal, 6-1, 225 (DS#29 RB) USC RB Madden to sit out rest of season...Chalk up 2014 as a lost season for USC running back Tre Madden. Madden rushed for 583 yards and scored six touchdowns in the Trojans' first five games last season before suffering a hamstring injury against Arizona. He struggled to get healthy, but many thought 2014 would be a breakout season for the redshirt junior from nearby Mission Viejo High. Unfortunately for Madden and Trojans fans, that was not the case. He suffered a turf-toe injury in training camp. He has been sidelined all year and now has decided to sit out the remainder of the season. Madden, his parents and coach Steve Sarkisian met Thursday and came to the conclusion it would be best to focus on getting ready for 2015. "We're moving forward," Madden's father, Curtis, told the Orange County Register. "It's disappointing that he's not going to be able to contribute this season. But there's next year and the year after that." Madden redshirted in 2012 because of a knee injury. He will have at least one more year of eligibility. He could apply for a sixth season via a medical hardship waiver. - The Sports Xchange
10/17/14 - Aziz Shittu, Jr, Stanford, 6-3, 280 (DS#31 DE) Stanford DE Shittu might be lost for season...Stanford junior defensive end Aziz Shittu was injured in practice Thursday on a noncontact play and Cardinal coach David Shaw said it is likely Shittu will miss the rest of the season. Stanford will call on fifth-year senior Blake Lueders to help fill Shittu's shoes. Shittu is NFLDraftScout.com's 30th-ranked defensive end. Shaw is likely to turn to Nate Lohn and Jordan Watkins to help steady an already thin defensive line against Saturday's opponent, Arizona State. The Cardinal also will be without starting wide receiver Devon Cajuste, the team's second leading receiver. Cajuste suffered a concussion last week against Washington State. - The Sports Xchange
10/16/14 - Trey Edmunds, rSo, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 217 (DS#14 RB) Scouting the Virginia Tech running game: The Hokies lost three tailbacks to injury in their last two games -- Shai McKenzie (knee) for the season, Trey Edmunds (clavicle) for six to eight weeks and Marshawn Williams (ankle) for an undisclosed amount of time. Williams told reporters that he has been a training room regular over the last week trying to get his ankle right for Thursday's game, but there's still no telling whether he can play or not. If the Hokies are without Williams, who started the last five games, they will look to J.C. Coleman and Joel Caleb to carry the load. Coleman has starting experience, and Caleb was a highly-recruited player out of high school. Beamer said he believes both can get the job done if they are called upon. Beamer also said Sam Rogers, the team's starting fullback, could also see some time at tailback if needed. - The Sports Xchange
10/16/14 - Brandon Facyson, So, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 191 (DS#6 CB) Starting CB Brandon Facyson could be eligible for a medical redshirt if the Hokies decide to go that route. Facyson, who suffered a leg injury in spring practice, has been slow to recover. He struggled in the first three games of the season and has missed the last three while trying to make his way back. "He's still just not right and I think you keep waiting for the time that he will be right. It gets to be a point in time, you try to do what's for sure in his best interest," coach Frank Beamer said. - The Sports Xchange
10/16/14 - Matt Goudis, rJr, Miami, 6-0, 172 (DS#999 K) Miami has lost kicker Matt Goudis and long snapper Ronald Regula for the remainder of the season because of injuries. Goudis played two games this season before being sidelined with a back injury. Regula suffered a right leg injury in the final minutes of last week's win over Cincinnati. Hurricanes coach Al Golden says both players will require surgery. Goudis was replaced by Michael Badgley after he was hurt. Frank Gabriel, the team's short snapper, will likely replace Regula. Miami (4-3) is off until visiting Virginia Tech on Oct. 23. - AP Sports
10/15/14 - Joey Iosefa, rSr, Hawaii, 6-0, 245 (DS#9 FB) University of Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa has been suspended for three games after a weekend drunken driving arrest. The Hawaii athletic department said in a release that Iosefa is also no longer a team captain. According to police records, the 23-year-old Iosefa was taken into custody Sunday morning in Honolulu. He was released after posting $500 bail. Head coach Norm Chow said he met with Iosefa on Tuesday. In a statement, Chow said the running back was "contrite, embarrassed and remorseful." Iosefa said in the release he hopes to regain the trust of coaches, teammates and fans. The 6-foot, 245-pound senior from Pago Pago, American Samoa, missed the first four games of the season with a foot injury. He's eligible to return Nov. 8 when the Rainbow Warriors visit Colorado State. He'll be arraigned Nov. 10 on the drunken driving charge. - AP Sports
10/15/14 - Corvin Lamb, rJr, Louisville, 5-09, 212 (DS#999 RB) Louisville junior running back/kick returner Corvin Lamb will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. Cardinals football spokesman Rocco Gasparro announced Lamb's surgery Wednesday morning on his Twitter account. It's the second season-ending knee injury for Lamb, who played in just two games as a sophomore following a left ACL tear against Eastern Kentucky. The Miami native injured the knee while playing on special teams in Saturday's 23-17 loss at Clemson. Considered Louisville's fastest player, Lamb had six kickoff returns for a team-best 187 yards including a 97-yarder for a touchdown in its season-opening victory over Miami. Lamb's kickoff return was the fifth-longest in school history. Louisville is the Atlantic Coast Conference's only school with a TD return this season. - AP Sports