09/29/16 - Rafael Gaglianone, Jr, Wisconsin, 5-11, 219 (DS#11 K) K Rafael Gaglianone will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing back surgery on Thursday. Gaglianone was injured during a game against Georgia State on Sept. 17 and missed last Saturday's victory over Michigan State. The soreness worsened earlier this week and that led to the decision to have surgery. "You're disappointed for Rafael because of all the work he's put in and how well he was playing," Badgers coach Paul Chryst said on the school website. "From a football perspective, I've appreciated the way the other guys in that unit have responded this week."
09/27/16 - Matt VandeBerg, Sr, Iowa, 6-1, 185 (DS#51 WR) Iowa WR VandeBerg injures foot, out indefinitely...Iowa leading wide receiver Matt VandeBerg is out indefinitely after injuring his right foot, coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday. VandeBerg suffered the injury during Monday's practice. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported that VandeBerg broke the foot and will undergo surgery. Ferentz indicated VandeBerg will likely miss the rest of the regular season. "I think he might have a chance bowl-game time, that type of thing," Ferentz said at his weekly press conference. "We've got work to do before we get that far down the road. At least over the next month-plus, I think we're looking at him being out." VandeBerg, a senior, had 19 receptions for 284 yards and three touchdowns in four games. VandeBerg led the Hawkeyes with 65 catches as a junior when he had 703 yards and two touchdowns - The Sports Xchange
09/27/16 - Janarion Grant, Sr, Rutgers, 5-09, 176 (DS#11 WR) Rutgers says offensive catalyst Janarion Grant and defensive end Quanzell Lambert suffered season-ending injuries during Saturday's loss to Iowa. Coach Chris Ash confirmed Monday that both seniors won't play again without disclosing the nature of their injuries. Grant was hurt late in the second quarter after a 76-yard catch and run to the Hawkeyes 3. Cornerback Desmond King stepped on his ankle at the end of the play. Grant had a hand in six touchdowns this season. The wide receiver ran for three, scored on punt and kickoff returns, and threw a touchdown. He had eight career returns for touchdowns. Ash said Rutgers would petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt season for Grant, but it might not be granted because he played in four games.
Lambert had six tackles and half a sack before hurting his right leg in the fourth quarter. "Both starters meant a lot to the team and there wasn't any one more important than another," Ash said Monday. "They are both really important. Just next man in, it's football in general and injuries are part of the game, we all know that. And it's next man in." No one player can replace Grant, who averaged 163.8 all-purpose yards this season. "But to think we are going to go change our offensive system or defensive system because of injury, that's not going to happen," Ash said. - AP Sports
09/27/16 - Jeremy Clark, rSr, Michigan, 6-3, 210 (DS#26 CB) Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says starting cornerback Jeremy Clark suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament against Penn State and is likely done for the season. Clark, a fifth-year senior, made 10 tackles and is tied for team-high honors with three pass breakups for the fourth-ranked Wolverines. Harbaugh said junior Brandon Watson and freshmen David Long and Levert Hill will be called on to help make up for the loss. He also said the Michigan coaching staff will look into the possibility of a medical hardship ruling, which could grant Clark a sixth year of eligility. - AP Sports
09/27/16 - J.J. Taylor, Fr, Arizona, 5-06, 170 (DS#999 RB) Arizona RB Taylor suffers broken ankle...Arizona freshman running back J.J. Taylor suffered a broken left ankle during Saturday night's overtime loss against No. 9 Washington. Taylor, who was making his first career start, had 97 yards and a touchdown before suffering the injury in the third quarter. Taylor rushed for 168 yards the previous week in a reserve role and was showing signs of becoming an impact player. "Extremely frustrating," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said after the 35-28 loss. "I mean, J.J. Taylor breaks his ankle. This guy's going to be lights out -- is lights out -- and will be whenever he comes back."
Taylor moved into the starting role because junior Nick Wilson is out with an ankle injury. His opportunity to play arose after Arizona dismissed sophomore Orlando Bradford from the team earlier this month after his felony arrest on domestic-violence charges. The Wildcats recently began using kick returner Tyrell Johnson at running back to help with depth issues at the position. Junior Zach Green was the only remaining healthy scholarship back when the Washington game concluded. "We hate to see a guy go down, but we look at it as the next man up," sophomore quarterback Brandon Dawkins said. "It's their opportunity." Arizona visits UCLA on Saturday. - The Sports Xchange
09/27/16 - Matt VandeBerg, Sr, Iowa, 6-1, 185 (DS#51 WR) WR Matt VandeBerg is out indefinitely after injuring his right foot, coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday. VandeBerg suffered the injury during Monday's practice. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported that VandeBerg broke the foot and will undergo surgery. Ferentz indicated VandeBerg will likely miss the rest of the regular season.
09/26/16 - Damien Harris, So, Alabama, 5-11, 214 (DS#13 RB) Alabama leading rusher Damien Harris sustained an apparent right leg injury against Kent State. Harris was hurt on his fourth run of the opening drive Saturday for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. He was helped off the field without putting weight on his right leg.A few minutes later, the sophomore was carted toward the locker room with his right ankle heavily wrapped. Harris came into the game with a team-high 327 yards and one touchdown in his first season as starter after replacing Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. The former five-star recruit was averaging 9.1 yards per carry. Freshman Joshua Jacobs replaced him on the first drive. - AP Sports
09/25/16 - J.J. Taylor, Fr, Arizona, 5-06, 170 (DS#999 RB) RB J.J. Taylor suffered a broken left ankle during Arizona's overtime loss against No. 9 Washington. Taylor, who was making his first career start, had 97 yards and a touchdown before suffering the injury in the third quarter. He rushed for 168 yards the previous week in a reserve role and was showing signs of becoming an impact player.
09/24/16 - Damien Harris, So, Alabama, 5-11, 214 (DS#13 RB) RB Damien Harris was carted off the field after sustaining a leg injury on the opening drive in Saturday's game against Kent State. Harris sat out the rest of the contest, which Alabama (4-0) convincingly won, 48-0. "He has an ankle sprain, so he'll be day to day," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said of Harris. "I don't know what his status will be (next week versus Kentucky)."
09/23/16 - Josh Sweat, So, Florida State, 6-5, 236 (DS#5 DE) Seminoles DE Sweat to miss time after knee surgery...Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat underwent surgery Thursday for a meniscus tear in his left knee. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters that Sweat will miss Saturday's game versus South Florida and is expected to be sidelined 1-2 weeks. "He had a little piece of cartilage in there that they clipped out. It was very clean," Fisher said per the Orlando Sentinel. "He wanted to play with it, and couldn't do it so we went to clean it out." Sweat initially suffered the injury in practice prior to last week's drubbing at Louisville but played in the game. He practiced Monday and Tuesday before the knee swelled, prompting the decision to have the surgical procedure. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound sophomore registered 41 tackles with two sacks and an interception as a freshman. - The Sports Xchange
09/23/16 - Janarion Grant, Sr, Rutgers, 5-09, 176 (DS#11 WR) In high school, Janarion Grant had a five-touchdown game and scored four different ways. At Rutgers, the return specialist and wide receiver has had a hand in six touchdowns this season. He has run for three, scored on kickoff and punt returns and thrown for a touchdown. The only thing Grant hasn't done yet is catch a TD. That might be next when Rutgers (2-1) hosts Iowa on Saturday in their Big Ten openers. "He's awesome man. He's electric," Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano said. "That kid just keeps playing and playing very well. We count on him for a lot of big plays."
Grant registered 154 total yards in the 37-28 win over New Mexico last weekend and increased his season total to 562, tops in the Big Ten Conference and fourth in the nation. His 4,158 career yards are fourth in Rutgers' history and seventh highest among FBS players. "Man, Janarion's different," halfback Robert Martin said. "I love going out there with him, competing with him. Even at practice man, he wants to win at everything he does. I like that because that's how I am and just knowing that when he gets the ball in his hands, he can take it the distance." Grant had three touchdowns in Rutgers' 52-14 win over Howard. But his fumble on a punt against New Mexico gave the Lobos their first touchdown. The senior made up for it with a 21-yard TD pass and 69-yard, go-ahead touchdown on a punt. "When he touches the ball, you're watching the (big) screen," Rutgers defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick said. "We're getting corrections on the sidelines, and (defensive line coach Shane) Burnham is like 'look here, look here.' When J-dog touches that ball you want to be watching, so you sneak a peek...especially if it's a kickoff." - AP Sports
09/23/16 - Janarion Grant, Sr, Rutgers, 5-09, 176 (DS#11 WR) SEPT 12 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Janarion Grant, Rutgers, Sr., WR, Trilby, Fla./Pasco...Recorded 119 yards on three kickoff returns, including an 84-yard touchdown in the first quarter...Notched his fifth career kickoff return touchdown, tying the Big Ten career record...Now has seven career kickoff returns of at least 70 yards...Claims his third career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first of the season...Last Rutgers Special Teams Player of the Week: Janarion Grant (Nov. 9, 2015). - Big Ten Football
09/23/16 - Rafael Gaglianone, Jr, Wisconsin, 5-11, 219 (DS#11 K) SEPT 6 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rafael Gaglianone, Wisconsin, Jr., PK, Sao Paulo, Brazil/Chattanooga Baylor...Converted a game-winning 47-yard field goal with 3:47 remaining to guide the Badgers to a victory over nationally ranked LSU at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.,...Finished the game 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, connecting from 30 and 48 yards...Recorded the fourth game-winning field goal of his career, the most in school history...Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor...Last Wisconsin Special Teams Player of the Week: Drew Meyer (Nov. 30, 2015). - Big Ten Football
09/22/16 - Drew Barker, rSo, Kentucky, 6-2, 225 (DS#30 QB) QB Drew Barker could miss the rest of the season due to the back injury he sustained during Saturday's victory over New Mexico State. Wildcats coach Mark Stoops said doctors don't believe Barker will require surgery. The short-term plan is for the sophomore to rest the back and then be re-evaluated. Stoops is unwilling to say Barker will return this season. "You don't know how the back's going to respond at this point," Stoops said at a press conference. "So we will re-evaluate it, but we're certainly not going to re-evaluate it for at least three weeks or so. And so I have no idea whether he'll be able to come back and play this year or not."
09/20/16 - Nyeem Wartman-White, rSr, Penn State, 6-1, 248 (DS#8 ILB) LB Nyeem Wartman-White will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a knee injury in Saturday's victory over Temple, Penn State coach James Franklin said Tuesday. Wartman-White started each of the first three games for the Nittany Lions (2-1) and had eight solo tackles, six assists and 3.5 tackles for loss, including half of a sack. Penn State was already without linebackers Brandon Bell and Jason Cabinda, neither of whom is expected to be ready for Saturday's game against No. 4 Michigan.
09/19/16 - Devon Allen, rJr, Oregon, 5-11, 185 (DS#14 WR) Oregon WR Allen out for season with knee injury...Oregon Ducks wide receiver Devon Allen will miss the rest of the season due to a left knee injury suffered in Saturday's loss to Nebraska, according to multiple reports. It was one of several key injuries suffered by the Ducks, who could be without running back Royce Freeman (leg) against Colorado this weekend. Left tackle Tyrell Crosby is also out for the season due to a foot injury. Allen is believed to have suffered a torn ACL on a non-contact play while covering a punt against the Cornhuskers. - The Sports Xchange
09/19/16 - Devon Allen, rJr, Oregon, 5-11, 185 (DS#14 WR) Oregon WR Devon Allen will miss the rest of the season due to a left knee injury suffered against Nebraska, according to multiple reports.
It was one of several key injuries suffered by the Ducks, who could be without running back Royce Freeman (leg) against Colorado this weekend. Left tackle Tyrell Crosby is also out for the season due to a foot injury.
Allen is believed to have suffered a torn ACL on a non-contact play while covering a punt against the Cornhuskers.
"Barring a miracle he won't play again this season," a source told CSNNW.com.
Allen, who is a world-class 110-meter hurdler, injured his right ACL returning a kickoff in 2015 and missed the following track season. While he has one season of eligibility remaining, the injury could spell the end of Allen's football career.
Allen finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles at the Rio Olympics last month, and there was speculation he may not return to the Ducks football team this season so he could focus on his track career. Allen caught four passes for 141 yards and a touchdown against Virginia on Sept. 10, but did not have a reception in either of the Ducks' other two games this season.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Allen had been rated as the No. 14 junior wide receiver prospect in the nation by NFLDraftScout.com before the injury. --The Sports Xchange
09/19/16 - Cameron Sutton, Sr, Tennessee, 5-11, 186 (DS#4 CB) DB defensive back Cam Sutton will miss Saturday's game against No. 19 Florida. Sutton broke a bone in his right ankle in Tennessee's 28-19 victory over Ohio
09/19/16 - Luke Del Rio, rSo, Florida, 6-1, 213 (DS#17 QB) Luke Del Rio will miss Saturday's game at No. 14 Tennessee because of a knee injury, coach Jim McElwain announced Monday. The 19th-ranked Gators (3-0) will turn to former Purdue starter Austin Appleby against the Volunteers (3-0). Del Rio left Saturday night's 32-0 win over North Texas in Gainesville, Fla., late in the third quarter.
09/19/16 - Luke Del Rio, rSo, Florida, 6-1, 213 (DS#17 QB) No. 23 Florida likely will be without quarterback Luke Del Rio against Southeastern Conference rival and 15th-ranked Tennessee next week. Del Rio injured his left knee in a 32-0 victory against North Texas on Saturday night, a huge setback for the Gators and their championship hopes. "It doesn't look great, so we'll do whatever," said coach Jim McElwain, adding that former Purdue starter Austin Appleby would be the next guy up. "Somebody else will play and we'll get some guys ready and move forward and get ready to go play next week." The injury overshadowed a dominant performance by Florida's defense, which allowed a school-record 53 yards on 50 plays. The previous mark was 59 yards allowed against Western Carolina in 2006.
Defensive lineman Joshua Wheeler hit Del Rio low at the end of incomplete pass late in the third quarter, drawing a personal-foul penalty. Trainers and coach Jim McElwain rushed to the field as Del Rio ripped off his helmet. Del Rio eventually got up and walked to the locker room without any assistance. But that was hardly the end of it for Florida (3-0). McElwain, who clearly believed Wheeler's hit was dirty, started yelling at the North Texas (1-2) sideline and had to be restrained by officials and then his players. "When you see something like that, it's my responsibility when their parents aren't here to be their parents," McElwain said. "I care about these kids. They're mine. I see something like that, it ain't right." - AP Sports
09/19/16 - Luke Del Rio, rSo, Florida, 6-1, 213 (DS#17 QB) Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio injured his left knee on a late hit, one coach Jim McElwain clearly thought was a dirty play. Joshua Wheeler hit Del Rio low at the end of incomplete pass, drawing a personal-foul penalty. Trainers rushed to the field as Del Rio ripped off his helmet. He eventually got up and walked to the locker room without any assistance. But that was hardly the end of it for the 23rd-ranked Gators. McElwain started yelling at the North Texas sideline and had to be restrained by officials, and both teams moved toward midfield. On the next play, Florida guard Martez Ivey was ejected for grabbing linebacker Fred Scott by the facemask during a run. Ivey will not be suspended for the first half of next week's game at No. 15 Tennessee. There was no immediate word on Del Rio's injury. - AP Sports
09/19/16 - Cameron Sutton, Sr, Tennessee, 5-11, 186 (DS#4 CB) Tennessee is undefeated but still must deal with some major losses as it heads into Southeastern Conference competition. Joshua Dobbs threw a pair of 20-yard touchdown passes to Josh Malone and ran for a third score as the 15th-ranked Volunteers overcame injuries and a suspension to hold off pesky Ohio 28-19 on Saturday. The Volunteers, who have won nine straight games over the last two years, now must wait and see how healthy they'll be heading into next week's SEC opener with No. 23 Florida. "We're decimated right now with injuries," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.
Tennessee (3-0) played Saturday without four starters - three were injured and defensive back Malik Foreman was suspended for a violation of team rules. During the first half, the Vols also lost two team captains to injuries - cornerback Cam Sutton and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin. "When those two went down, we all got together as a defense and we were determined we were going to win this game for those two," linebacker Cortez McDowell said. Jones said Sutton would be out "an extended period of time," though the nature of the four-year starter's injury wasn't specified. Jones was optimistic Reeves-Maybin could return from his shoulder injury as early as next week but said the linebacker's status remained uncertain. - AP Sports
09/19/16 - Janarion Grant, Sr, Rutgers, 5-09, 176 (DS#11 WR) Fourteen points down last week. Trailing by 21 this week. Overcoming big deficits hasn't been a problem for Rutgers lately, especially with Janarion Grant coming to the rescue with big plays. The senior wide receiver threw for a touchdown and had a go-ahead 69-yard punt return for another score as Rutgers rallied from an early 21-point deficit and defeated New Mexico 37-28 on Saturday. Halfback Robert Martin rushed for a career-high 169 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, and Chris Laviano threw a 75-yard scoring pass to Jawuan Harris in helping the Scarlet Knights (2-1) overcome a big deficit for the second straight week. "Man, Janarion's different," said Martin, who averaged 8.0 yards. "I love going out there with him, competing with him. Even at practice man, he wants to win at everything he does and I like that because that's how I am and just knowing that when he gets the ball in his hands he can take it the distance." David Bonagura kicked three second-half field goals, including two in the final 5:30, in keeping new coach Chris Ash unbeaten at home. - AP Sports
09/16/16 - Josh Sweat, So, Florida State, 6-5, 236 (DS#5 DE) DE Josh Sweat of Florida State is in danger of missing Saturday's showdown with Louisville due to a left knee injury suffered in practice on Thursday.
Sweat, a sophomore, didn't fly with the team to Louisville on Thursday night, according to published reports. It remains possible he could travel at some point on Friday if he is ruled fit to play. Not having Sweat would rank as a second big blow for the second-ranked Seminoles, as they try to slow down the powerful offense of the No. 10 Cardinals.
09/13/16 - Derwin James, So, Florida State, 6-2, 213 (DS#2 SS) Florida State defensive back Derwin James is having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. Coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday there is no timetable how long the sophomore will be out, but he is optimistic that James can return this season. James suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of last Saturday's win over Charleston Southern. The second-ranked Seminoles travel to No. 10 Louisville on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound James is used as a safety, nickelback and edge rusher and is one of the team's top tacklers. He had eight tackles and an interception in the opener against then-No. 11 Mississippi and recorded three tackles against Charleston Southern. Sophomore A.J. Westbrook or senior Nate Andrews are in the mix to start in place of James. - AP Sports