11/25/15 - Jarrett Stidham, Fr, Baylor, 6-2, 210 (DS#11 QB) Baylor QB Stidham out with broken bone in ankle...Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham will miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a broken bone in the back of his right ankle, the school confirmed Wednesday. The true freshman limped off the field right before halftime of the Bears' 45-35 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys last Saturday. Baylor coach Art Briles said Monday that Stidham was "highly questionable" with an injured fibula and also back and hand injuries, and that the No. 7 Bears would prepare to play sophomore Chris Johnson against No. 19 TCU on Friday. Johnson will make his first career start at TCU. He played receiver for most of the season but took over for Stidham against Oklahoma State and scored three touchdowns. Baylor finishes its regular season on Dec. 5 against Texas and can still win the Big 12 if Oklahoma loses to Oklahoma State on Saturday. Stidham started three games after replacing junior Seth Russell, who was lost for the season with a neck injury on Oct. 24. Stidham has thrown for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. - The Sports Xchange
11/25/15 - Josh Doctson, rSr, TCU, 6-2, 195 (DS#1 WR) 2015 FRED BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST: Josh Doctson, TCU...Doctson leads the nation with 132.7 receiving yards per game. He is the only player in the country to rank in the top 6 in receiving yards per game, receptions per game (7.9) and touchdown catches (14). His 79 receptions, 1,327 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns are TCU single-season records. The receiving yards rank second nationally, while the touchdowns are tied for second. He is sixth in the FBS at 7.9 receptions per game. Doctson has joined two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Michael Crabree from Texas Tech as the only players in the last 20 years to have six straight games with at least 100 yards receiving and multiple touchdown catches. Eleven of Doctson's 14 touchdown receptions have come with the score in single digits. He tops the nation with 56 catches of at least 10 yards. His 62 receptions in conference play are the most in the nation. - TCU Football
11/24/15 - Connor Cook, rSr, Michigan State, 6-4, 220 (DS#1 QB) It wasn't until the start of last weekend's game that the severity of Connor Cook's injury became obvious for anyone watching. Michigan State managed to upset Ohio State without its star quarterback, but now Spartans fans have to wait out another week without knowing whether Cook can contribute. "I would assume that things are moving forward. It's hard to assess those things until you get to game day," coach Mark Dantonio said. "It hinges on very small things, I think." With Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry both taking snaps, the Spartans beat Ohio State 17-14.
It was one of the most remarkable victories of Dantonio's tenure, considering how valuable Cook has been this season, but as well as Michigan State rallied around its backup quarterbacks, the sixth-ranked Spartans would like their top passer to be healthy and in the lineup when they host Penn State this weekend with the division title on the line. None of the three quarterbacks were available to reporters Tuesday, and even if they had been, it's not clear how much useful information they would have provided. In the middle of last week, Cook said his injured shoulder was fine and he was ready to face Ohio State. He ended up not playing at all. Michigan State managed to turn that game into a tense, low-scoring affair. O'Connor completed only seven passes and Terry completed only one, but those two combined for 50 yards rushing as the Spartans hurt Ohio State a bit with some option-based runs. - AP Sports
11/23/15 - KeiVarae Russell, rJr, Notre Dame, 5-11, 196 (DS#5 CB) Notre Dame's leading rusher C.J. Prosise is doubtful with a sprained ankle for the biggest game of the season, when the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish play No. 13 Stanford on Saturday with a college football playoff berth on the line. Cornerback KeiVarae Russell, the team's second-leading tackler, is out for the game with a broken right leg. Prosise has a high ankle sprain. The injury occurred when his left foot got caught under Boston College defensive lineman Connor Wujciak as he was being tackled in the second quarter of Saturday's 19-16 win.
Russell broke a bone in his leg late in the fourth quarter when he hit running back Tyler Rouse hard, knocking the ball loose with 70 seconds left. Kelly said Russell was scheduled to have surgery Sunday evening to have a rod inserted. Kelly said he doesn't believe Russell will be ready for a bowl game or a first-round playoff game, but said he might be ready to play if the Irish (10-1) make it to the national championship game. "He's one of those kids you hate to lose. He's given so much to the program. We'll have to regroup," Kelly said. - AP Sports
11/20/15 - Devontae Booker, rSr, Utah, 5-11, 212 (DS#1 RB) Utah running back Devontae Booker will miss the final two games of the regular season and perhaps the Utes' postseason after having knee surgery Thursday. Booker's father, Ronnie Booker, confirmed his son suffered a torn meniscus and bone bruise in his left knee last week against Arizona. The hope is that Booker will at least be able to participate in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30. "It's unfortunate," Ronnie Booker said. No. 18 Utah hosts UCLA on Saturday in a must-win for the team to remain in contention for a Pac-12 championship. The Utes need to win their final two games and have USC lose to either UCLA or Oregon to win the South division and earn a berth in the Dec. 5 title game. Ronnie Booker said they hope Utah can win the conference and have a January bowl game that would give Devontae more time to heal and possibly participate. "He was disappointed," Ronnie Booker said. "He said, 'Well, dad, it happens.'" "He said, 'Well, dad, all I'm thinking about now is getting the surgery done so I can start getting back to rehab and getting back right. That's what's on my mind now.'" - AP Sports
11/20/15 - Josh Doctson, rSr, TCU, 6-2, 195 (DS#1 WR) TCU star receiver Josh Doctson will miss the last two regular-season games for the No. 11 Horned Frogs because of an injured wrist. Doctson was hurt Nov. 7 against Oklahoma State. He planted his hand on the turf after a catch, and a defender fell on his left arm. Doctson tried to play Saturday against Kansas but had only one catch for 12 yards. Coach Gary Patterson said after practice Wednesday that Doctson "just can't play with it." The senior receiver saw another specialist this week.
On his Twitter account Wednesday night, Doctson, a former walk-on, wrote" ''It might have been my last time putting on the purple and black but I smile because it happened ... I'll always be a Frog!" Doctson set TCU's single-season records this season with 79 catches, a national-leading 1,337 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is the career record holder with 29 TDs and 2,773 yards, and his 180 receptions are one short of that mark. Before getting hurt, Doctson had at least 129 yards receiving with multiple touchdowns in each of the six previous games. - AP Sports
11/17/15 - Connor Cook, rSr, Michigan State, 6-4, 220 (DS#1 QB) Connor Cook insists he'll be ready to play this weekend and his shoulder won't be a problem. Until he steps on the field and proves that, there will be some anxious fans in East Lansing. Saturday's matchup between No. 9 Michigan State and No. 2 Ohio State has been looming for a while, and the sense is that if the Spartans are going to pull off the upset on the road, they'll need a huge game from their star quarterback. Cook has thrown for 21 touchdowns and only four interceptions this season, but was sidelined in the second half last weekend against Maryland after being driven into the ground in the first quarter. "My shoulder is good," Cook said Tuesday. "I'm going to be ready to go so there is no issue with that."
Back in September, Ohio State and Michigan State were ranked 1-2 in the country. They've both had their share of issues since, with the Buckeyes struggling to recapture the form that lifted them to the national title last season and the Spartans losing at Nebraska two weekends ago. Michigan State (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) needed a last-second fumble return to beat Michigan and has looked far from dominant while navigating a number of injuries. Through it all, the Spartans still had Cook. The fifth-year senior had thrown for at least 300 yards in four straight games before last weekend, keeping drives alive with precise passes on third down and helping Michigan State remain in the playoff chase down the stretch. - AP Sports
11/17/15 - Mike Williams, Jr, Clemson, 6-3, 220 (DS#6 WR) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said a medical official would have to "sign off in blood" for the Tigers to play injured receiver Mike Williams this season. Swinney said he does not believe Williams will play again this fall. Williams was the top-ranked Tigers' 1,000-yard receiver who was injured in the first quarter of the first game this season. Williams collided with the goalpost support and sustained a neck fracture. Swinney said Williams will soon have a soft neck brace off and has been cleared for some running. Still, the coach would want to have overwhelming medical opinions that the junior was completely healthy before allowing him back on the field. Williams' prognosis is for a full recovery and Swinney said he's protecting the players' potential football career. - AP Sports
11/17/15 - Jordan Simone, rSr, Arizona State, 5-11, 195 (DS#8 SS) Arizona State senior safety Jordan Simone, the national leader in tackles per game, is out for the season after injuring his right knee over the weekend. Simone was injured in the first half of the Sun Devils' 27-17 win over Washington on Saturday and did not return. Arizona State coach Todd Graham announced Monday that Simone will not play again this season. Linebacker Laiu Moeakiola injured his shoulder on the same play during which Simone went down, but he could play this week against rival Arizona. Simone entered Saturday's game first nationally with 7.8 solo tackles per game. He also led the Sun Devils with 8.3 solo tackles per game last season. - AP Sports
11/17/15 - Kenyan Drake, Sr, Alabama, 6-0, 210 (DS#2 RB) Alabama tailback Kenyan Drake is likely out at least two weeks with a fractured right arm. Coach Nick Saban said Monday that the third-ranked Crimson Tide's backup tailback has had successful surgery. Drake has run for 333 yards and a touchdown while catching 21 passes for 234 yards and a score. His 2014 season ended with a broken leg sustained against Mississippi. That leaves freshmen Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough to play bigger roles for the third-ranked Crimson Tide behind Derrick Henry Saturday against Charleston Southern and possibly Auburn in two weeks. Saban says cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick is day to day after spraining his knee but should be able to practice enough to play Saturday. - AP Sports
11/17/15 - Cameron Smith, Fr, Southern California, 6-1, 245 (DS#1 ILB) Southern California linebackers Cameron Smith and Lamar Dawson are out for the season with injuries. Interim coach Clay Helton announced the prognosis for both players Saturday night. USC (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) beat Colorado 27-24 Friday for its fourth consecutive victory under Helton. Smith leads the Trojans with 78 tackles as a freshman, making three interceptions and growing into a starring role. He was injured in the second quarter in Boulder, limping off the field with a torn ligament in his knee. Dawson has a shoulder injury, Helton says. The senior has 31 tackles in eight games, ending his up-and-down career with another major injury after missing half of the 2013 season and all of 2014 with a knee injury. USC finishes the regular season against Oregon and UCLA. - AP Sports
11/14/15 - Kenyan Drake, Sr, Alabama, 6-0, 210 (DS#2 RB) Alabama running back Kenyan Drake left Saturday's game against Mississippi State after injuring his right arm. Drake, a 6-foot-1, 210-senior, was hurt when making a tackle on a Mississippi State kickoff return. He was the Tide's primary backup running back behind Derrick Henry, running for 333 yards and a touchdown this season coming into this week's game. Drake was down for a few minutes on the field before walking off. He eventually went back to the locker room with a large cast over his right arm. Drake missed a large portion of last season because of a broken leg suffered against Mississippi. - AP Sports
11/14/15 - Josh Doctson, rSr, TCU, 6-2, 195 (DS#1 WR) Trevone Boykin left early with an apparent right ankle injury and No. 13 TCU's offense did just enough without its Heisman Trophy candidate to hold off winless Kansas 23-17 Saturday. On his second play of the game, Boykin turned awkwardly on his right ankle as he slipped while trying to cut and was tackled by Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. The nation's total offense leader didn't return after getting sacked on TCU's last offensive play of the first quarter. The Horned Frogs (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 15 CFP) played mostly without Boykin and one of the country's top receivers in Josh Doctson, who was limited by a left arm and wrist injury from last week's loss that likely eliminated them from the national title race.
The Jayhawks (0-10, 0-7) didn't trail at halftime for the first time this year, but couldn't avoid their 35th straight road loss and 12th overall. Boykin returned to the sideline in the second quarter, but was clearly limping. He tried to run off the field with his teammates at halftime, but slowed and walked gingerly behind the pack of players. A TCU spokesman declined to specify the injury. Doctson, the national leader with 1,315 yards receiving coming in, only played sporadically after getting hurt in the 49-29 loss to the fifth-ranked Cowboys. He had one catch for 12 yards and wasn't targeted many more times than that. - AP Sports
11/14/15 - Connor Cook, rSr, Michigan State, 6-4, 220 (DS#1 QB) Connor Cook left the game at halftime with an apparent shoulder injury, putting a bit of a damper on No. 14 Michigan State's 24-7 victory over Maryland on Saturday. The Spartans (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) have been dealing with injuries all season, particularly on the offensive line and in the secondary, but if Cook is limited, Michigan State could be a significant underdog in next weekend's showdown at Ohio State. Even with Michigan State's star quarterback out, Maryland (2-8, 0-6) didn't pose much of an upset threat. The Terrapins turned the ball over five times. Cook hurt himself during the first quarter, and although he came back in the game for a bit, backup Tyler O'Connor played the second half. - AP Sports
11/14/15 - Connor Cook, rSr, Michigan State, 6-4, 220 (DS#1 QB) Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook has left Saturday's game against Maryland after appearing to injure his right shoulder in the first half. Cook was knocked down as he threw a pass during the first quarter and looked to be in pain when he went to the sideline. He was able to return to the game shortly after that, and played the rest of the first half. When the third quarter began, Cook was on the sideline wearing a headset and backup Tyler O'Connor was in at quarterback. Cook was only 6 of 20 for 77 yards with an interception in the first half, and now the senior star's health is in question for next weekend's showdown at Ohio State. - AP Sports
11/14/15 - Sefo Liufau, Jr, Colorado, 6-3, 240 (DS#17 QB) A narrow loss to Southern California was not the only reason for Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre's somber tone after Friday night's game. After leading the Buffaloes to a promising start, Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau suffered a season-ending foot injury during the Buffaloes' 27-24 loss to USC on a frigid night. Liufau was knocked out of the game after being sacked on the final play of the first quarter with a Lisfranc injury. He faces surgery on his foot in the coming days and will be sidelined six to eight months. "It's tough, really tough," a subdued MacIntyre said. "I thought Cade (Apsay, the backup quarterback) came in and did some good things. Sefolo was hot. He was playing good. It was kind of going to be his night. Give Southern Cal credit, coming back and getting the game there. Definitely a heartbreaker for us. Kids kept fighting hard. We just came up short again." - AP Sports
11/11/15 - Jordan Lucas, Sr, Penn State, 6-0, 202 (DS#6 SS) Penn State safety Jordan Lucas will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an injury against Northwestern. School officials announced the injury on Tuesday. The senior battled shoulder injuries earlier this season and left the game Saturday in the first half. Lucas emerged after halftime with his right arm in a sling. Lucas was one of Penn State's most dependable players, fourth on the team with 56 tackles. He's also one of the team's most outspoken players. He had appeared in 40 consecutive games before missing a game against San Diego State with a shoulder injury. His 33 career starts are second only to quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Lucas switched from cornerback to safety before the season and had been splitting snaps with junior Malik Golden. He finishes his Penn State career with 180 tackles, 25 pass breakups, three interceptions and four sacks. - AP Sports
11/11/15 - Montell Cozart, Jr, Kansas, 6-2, 195 (DS#64 QB) Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart will have surgery on the shoulder he injured last month, while his replacement Ryan Willis continues to be hampered by a sore groin. Coach David Beaty sounded hopeful Tuesday that Willis will play Saturday at TCU. Last year's starter, Michael Cummings, sustained a season-ending knee injury in the spring game, while backup Deondre Ford had season-ending surgery to his thumb. That leaves only Willis, redshirt freshman Keaton Perry and transfer T.J. Millweard on the roster. Freshman quarterback Carter Stanley has been redshirting. Willis, a freshman, has been impressive enough at times that Cozart could transition to wide receiver when he does return next season. The Jayhawks are thin at the position, and Cozart is one of the best athletes on the team. - AP Sports
11/11/15 - Jalen Myrick, Jr, Minnesota, 5-10, 208 (DS#999 CB) Minnesota CB Myrick out 3-4 weeks with rib injury...Minnesota cornerback Jalen Myrick likely will miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a rib injury during the Gophers' loss to Ohio State on Saturday night. Myrick was released from a hospital in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday and returned to Minneapolis. He was injured on the opening kickoff but continued to play and combined for a sack before leaving for X-rays in the Gophers' 28-14 loss to the third-ranked Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium. Minnesota interim coach Tracy Claeys does not expect Myrick to play again during the final weeks of the regular season. His recovery time is expected to be three to four weeks. Myrick totaled 26 tackles and three interceptions in nine games this year. He will miss Minnesota's final three games, starting Saturday night on the road against No. 8 Iowa. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/15 - Jeremiah Dinson, Fr, Auburn, 5-11, 172 (DS#999 CB) Auburns loses CB Dinson for season...Auburn Tigers freshman cornerback Jeremiah Dinson will miss the remainder of the season due to a right leg injury suffered during Saturday's victory over Texas A&M. "That's a tough deal," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said on a radio program Monday, per Al.com. "We won't have him back this year. That was a tough one. He's a great kid, an outstanding young man, had done a very good job as a true freshman." Dinson had 12 tackles in limited playing time and was listed as the backup to starters Carlton Davis and Jonathan Jones. He was injured when he was hit by Aggies wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, who was initially flagged for targeting on the play until it was overturned by replay. The Tigers previously lost cornerback Josh Holsey to a season-ending torn ACL. Fellow cornerback T.J. Davis has yet to return from a torn ACL suffered during the spring game. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/15 - Josh Doctson, rSr, TCU, 6-2, 195 (DS#1 WR) TCU star receiver Josh Doctson was scheduled to see a specialist after rolling over on his left wrist in the 13th-ranked Horned Frogs' first loss of the season. Coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday that Doctson was feeling better and was set to see a specialist Tuesday night. When talking about Doctson's availability for Saturday's home game against winless Kansas, Patterson said it was probable. Doctson got hurt in the first half of TCU's 49-29 loss at undefeated Oklahoma State on Saturday. Doctson has 78 catches for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns and is TCU's career leader for receiving yardage and touchdowns. He needs only two catches the school record of 181 career receptions. - AP Sports
11/10/15 - Chase Hansen, rFr, Utah, 6-2, 216 (DS#999 SS) Utes lose S Hansen to leg injury...Utah freshman safety Chase Hansen will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after injuring his leg on the final play of Saturday's win against Washington, coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed Monday. Hansen, who was making his first start, played a significant role in the Utes' 34-23 win over the Huskies. He compiled a game-high 11 tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass. "It's a shame. He played lights out in this game and was really just phenomenal with his play," Whittingham said. "So, it's a setback for us. But it's next man up." Hansen was four-star quarterback recruit. He just started practicing at safety about a month ago. Whittingham did not reveal details of the injury, but it is possible Hansen will need surgery. Whittingham did say Hansen should be 100 percent by next year. - The Sports Xchange
11/08/15 - Josh Doctson, rSr, TCU, 6-2, 195 (DS#1 WR) TCU's Josh Doctson, the nation's leader in receiving yards, left Saturday's game against Oklahoma State with a left wrist injury. Doctson caught a 12-yard pass from Trevone Boykin before Oklahoma State's Jordan Burton landed on the wrist with just under two minutes remaining in the first half. Doctson entered the game with 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns. He had six catches for 64 yards before leaving the game. - AP Sports
11/06/15 - Matt Dayes, Jr, North Carolina State, 5-09, 203 (DS#42 RB) North Carolina State's once-stocked backfield has gotten much thinner. The school announced Thursday night that top rusher Matt Dayes will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury suffered during last weekend's loss to No. 3 Clemson. Dayes is scheduled to have surgery Friday, sideling a runner who ranked among the Bowl Subdivision leaders in rushing yardage and rushing touchdowns. "I'm disappointed for Matt because he was having a really good year," coach Dave Doeren said in a statement. "But in football you've got to have a 'next man up' mentality, and I'm confident that his teammates will be ready to take on bigger roles and be successful."
The Wolfpack (5-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) entered the season with Dayes and Shadrach Thornton in the backfield, though Thornton was suspended for the first two games for a violation of athletic department policy and later dismissed from the team following a third brush of legal trouble. Dayes had thrived in the lead role, ranking 25th nationally with 108.1 yards rushing per game and tied for 11th nationally with an ACC-best 12 rushing touchdowns. But he sat out the second half of last weekend's loss to the Tigers with what Doeren described afterward as a toe injury. - AP Sports
11/03/15 - Seth Russell, rJr, Baylor, 6-2, 220 (DS#7 QB) Baylor quarterback Seth Russell is expected to make a full recovery after season-ending neck surgery. "Lot of really good news on that end," coach Art Briles said Monday. "Everything went as well as could be expected. ... He's moving around, he's comfortable, and he's Seth. He's a fighter, and we're anxious for him to get back on campus and get back around us." Russell had surgery Friday to repair damage to his cervical vertebra. He fractured a bone in his neck late in a 45-27 win over Iowa State on Oct. 24.
In a message Russell posted on his Twitter and Instagram accounts over the weekend, the junior quarterback shared of picture of himself in his hospital bed wearing a neck brace and flashing the school's "Bear Claw" hand signal with his right hand. Resting on his left arm was a small teddy bear with No. 17 reflecting Russell's jersey number and a bandaged neck. "Prayers were answered..surgery couldn't have gone any better! God is always with us during the most difficult of times. The road to recovery begins! Sic em' bears," the post read. Former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who became the school's only Heisman Trophy winner in 2011, visited Russell over the weekend when the Washington Redskins had an open date. - AP Sports