09/02/14 - Josh Shaw, rSr, Southern Cal, 6-1, 200 (DS#2 CB) Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian believes he shares blame with the athletic department for publicizing cornerback Josh Shaw's fictitious story about injuring his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning. Sarkisian also said Thursday that the suspended Shaw could "potentially" return to the Trojans at some point this season, news that was welcomed by Shaw's attorney. "Obviously there's some other things that need to take place," Sarkisian said Thursday after USC's practice. "But in the meantime, he's got to take care of his health and take care of himself, and when the time is right to bring him back, we will."
The first-year coach said Shaw still hasn't told the Trojans exactly how he sprained both of his ankles last weekend, extending this curious distraction into the weekend of Sarkisian's debut game. No. 15 USC hosts Fresno State on Saturday. Shaw admitted his elaborate story of heroism was a lie Wednesday in a meeting with USC officials, but offered no alternate explanation. Shaw was accompanied by attorney Donald Etra, who said no criminal activity was involved in Shaw's injuries. "The injury was caused by a fall from his balcony at his apartment," Etra told The Associated Press on Thursday. "He is very remorseful. He accepted responsibility for telling the untruth. He has apologized to USC, and he's looking forward to putting this behind him." - AP Sports
09/02/14 - Josh Shaw, rSr, Southern Cal, 6-1, 200 (DS#2 CB) Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was "a complete fabrication." The tale began to unravel soon after the team captain was lauded for his heroics in a story on the team's website Monday. In the account, Shaw described how he instinctively jumped from a balcony, with no one around, to rescue his 7-year-old nephew in a pool in his hometown of Palmdale, California. The school said a day later callers questioned the story, and began vetting it. But the biggest question remains unanswered: What was he doing, and how did he injure his ankles?
"We are extremely disappointed in Josh," USC coach Steve Sarkisian said. "He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story." The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that a man named Joshua Shaw was mentioned — but not as a suspect — in a report involving a break-in at a downtown apartment building Saturday night. The department has not made the report public. Shaw is a fifth-year senior, a captain and a key starter in USC's defensive secondary. He is widely considered a solid teammate and an important leader for the 15th-ranked Trojans, who begin their first season under Sarkisian at the Coliseum on Saturday against Fresno State. - AP Sports
09/02/14 - Zac Brooks, Jr, Clemson, 6-1, 190 (DS#999 RB) Clemson running back Zac Brooks had surgery on the foot he injured earlier this month. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney had previously said Brooks would miss the season and return next fall as a redshirt junior. Brooks was the team's leading returning rusher and was expected to be a significant part of the 16th-ranked Tigers' offense this season. Swinney also said Wednesday that reserve offensive lineman Oliver Jones tore an anterior cruciate ligament at practice Tuesday and will also miss this season. It's the second time Jones, a third-year sophomore, has torn an ACL playing football. Jones' loss is another blow to Clemson's offensive line depth. Earlier this month, lineman Shaq Anthony decided to transfer. - AP Sports
08/25/14 - Josh Shaw, rSr, Southern Cal, 6-1, 200 (DS#2 CB) Southern California senior cornerback Josh Shaw injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, from drowning in a pool. Shaw was named a team captain on Saturday and later that night was attending a family function at a cousin's apartment in his hometown of Palmdale when he saw his nephew, who can't swim, struggling in the pool. With no one around, Shaw told USC's website that he instinctively jumped from the balcony onto the concrete below and crawled to the pool, where he pulled Carter to safety. Unable to step out of the pool because of the pain in his ankles, Shaw lifted himself up the ladder with his upper body. "I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew," Shaw told the team website. "My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible."
Shaw was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with two high ankle sprains and will be out indefinitely. He said Carter was traumatized, but physically in good shape. "That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside," Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian said. "But that's the kind of person he is. It is unfortunate that he'll be sidelined for a while and we will miss his leadership and play, but I know he'll be working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible." - AP Sports
08/25/14 - DeVante Parker, Sr, Louisville, 6-3, 209 (DS#2 WR) Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has announced that senior wide receiver Devante Parker will miss six to eight weeks with a broken left small toe, leaving the Cardinals without their top target for Monday night's season opener against Miami. Parker injured the foot in Friday night's practice and was examined Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina, by orthopedist Bob Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist. Petrino says Parker is scheduled to have surgery on Monday afternoon. Parker's injury deals a big blow to Louisville's offense as it enters the Atlantic Coast Conference against a Hurricanes squad it throttled 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl last December. The Louisville native had nine catches for 142 yards and a touchdown against Miami en route to a team-high 885 yards and 12 TDs. - AP Sports
08/25/14 - Rory Anderson, Sr, South Carolina, 6-5, 232 (DS#8 TE) Other South Carolina prospects worth watching: TE Rory Anderson, Senior...A starter in 13 of 38 games over his career (including the last seven in 2013), Anderson was being projected as a possible all-conference pick this fall before a torn right triceps late in spring. He's still expected to play in 2014 but may not be ready for the team's opener August 28 against Texas A&M. Anderson has averaged 17.8 yards per catch over his career (39 receptions for 694 yards) and scored eight touchdowns. Anderson has good initial burst and agility to gain separation off the line of scrimmage and showed good hands on the tape reviewed. Unlike many other "hybrid" tight end/receivers across the country, Anderson seems to enjoy the physical battles at the line of scrimmage, showing surprising strength and tenacity while blocking. He is quick and competitive when sealing the edge and works to sustain his blocks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/22/14 - DeVante Parker, Sr, Louisville, 6-3, 209 (DS#2 WR) Louisville says wide receiver Devante Parker injured his left foot during practice and will be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte, North Carolina, soon. The school announced the injury in a news release and said there is no timetable for Parker's return. Parker was injured during practice at Papa John's Stadium on Friday and evaluated by team physicians. He will visit Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte "in the next couple days for further evaluation and management," the release said. The 6-foot-3 senior passed up a chance to jump to the NFL after his junior season, when he had 55 receptions for 885 yards and a school-record 12 touchdown catches. The Cardinals begin their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Labor Day night when they host Miami. - AP Sports
08/22/14 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#6 QB) Surgery scheduled for Buckeyes' Miller...Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn labrum on Tuesday. The Columbus Dispatch reported that noted sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation in Pensacola, Fla. The injury is a partial tear. Recovery time is estimated between nine and 12 months. That would mean Miller would miss all of spring practice next year. Miller has indicated that he will forgo the NFL Draft and return as a fifth-year senior nest season. Miller had surgery in February for a partial labrum tear suffered in an Orange Bowl loss to Clemson. He was being eased back into action after sitting out spring practice, but on Monday he reinjured the shoulder while making a routine 7-yard pass. - The Sports Xchange
08/20/14 - Zac Brooks, Jr, Clemson, 6-1, 190 (DS#999 RB) Clemson loses RB Brooks (foot) for season...Clemson junior running back Zac Brooks is out for the season with a foot injury. Coach Dabo Swinney said Brooks, the team's most complete running back and one pegged for an expanded role this season with Roderick McDowell gone. "This is a big loss because he is reliable in all phases of the game," Swinney said. Clemson enters the season with new starters at running back, quarterback and wide receiver, where stud All-American Sammy Watkins might prove to be the most difficult to replace.
Brooks hurt his shoulder as a freshman and re-injured it last season. He was the team's leading returning rusher with 246 yards in 2013. However, Swinney said earlier in the week that running back is one of the team's deepest positions. "This is the deepest group we've had around here in a long time," he said. "The one group I'm not worried about is running back. We're going to be just fine right there. We've got some good football players. Some really, really good football players. - The Sports Xchange
08/20/14 - Brandon Bourbon, rSr, Kansas, 6-1, 225 (DS#999 RB) 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#999 RB) 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, rSr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#6 QB) 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, rSr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#6 QB) 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) 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, rSr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#6 QB) 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, rSr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#6 QB) 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, rSr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#6 QB) 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) 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, rSr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#6 QB) 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) 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#27 TE) 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) 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, rSr, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#6 QB) 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) 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) 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