12/06/13 - Tyler Loos, rJr, Northern Illinois, 6-5, 282 (DS#39 OT) 2013 ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM: Offensive Lineman - Tyler Loos, Northern Illinois...Loos, a second-team All-MAC choice a year ago, was the Huskies' left tackle for the first nine games of the season before suffering a season-ending leg injury at UMass on Nov. 2. He and Volk, who earned his first All-MAC honor, formed a wall on NIU's left side that has helped the Huskie offense rank fourth in the country in total yards and fourth in rushing. The Huskies are averaging a school-record 542.3 yards per game and have broken the school record for rushing yards. NIU ranks second in the nation in fewest sacks allowed. - Northern Illinois football
12/04/13 - Stefon Diggs, So, Maryland, 6-0, 195 (DS#8 WR) 2013 ALL-ACC HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (21)...Before suffering a season-ending injury against Wake Forest on Oct. 19, Diggs ranked as one of the top wide receivers in the league. Through seven games, Diggs averaged 83.9 receiving yards a game, which would rank fourth in the conference if eligible, and 17.3 yards per catch. He totaled two 100-yard receiving games this season including a career-high 179 yards receiving against Old Dominion (Sept. 7). - Maryland football
12/04/13 - Zach Mettenberger, rSr, LSU, 6-5, 235 (DS#4 QB) LSU has announced that Zach Mettenberger's playing career with the Tigers is officially over. Mettenberger injured his left knee while unloading a 32-yard completion in the fourth quarter of No. 14 LSU's 31-27 victory over Arkansas last Friday, and LSU coach Les Miles confirmed the severity of the injury on Wednesday. Shortly after Friday's game, Miles initially expressed hope that Mettenberger's injury did not involve any torn ligaments and that he'd be ready to return for a bowl game that the Tigers will likely play in January, depending on the bowl bid they accept this Sunday.
Instead, Mettenberger will require surgery and his rehabilitation will take place when he would have been preparing for next spring's NFL draft. "We are very disappointed for Zach," Miles, who is on a recruiting trip, said in a written statement provided by LSU. "He's been a tremendous leader for our team and he's as a competitive a guy as I have ever been around. He's had a great impact on our program. "I know Zach will work extremely hard to rehabilitate his knee and I don't anticipate this injury having any impact on what should be a great future in the NFL," Miles added.
Mettenberger had been widely projected as an early round draft choice. He passed for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, getting within 266 yards of breaking Rohan Davey's 2001 LSU record for yards passing in a season. - AP Sports
12/04/13 - Zach Mettenberger, rSr, LSU, 6-5, 235 (DS#4 QB) 2014 NFL Draft: Torn ACL could push Mettenberger into second day...According to multiple reports, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger suffered a torn ACL in his left knee against Arkansas November 30, ending his collegiate career on a sour note. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound gunslinger certainly boasts the physical skills to continue his career in the NFL but the injury, as well as his upcoming surgery and rehabilition will play a significant role in determining Mettenberger's final draft status.
Prior to the injury Mettenberger ranked as a potential first round pick, coming in second behind Fresno State's Derek Carr on NFLDraftScout.com's board among seniors. The strong-armed Mettenberger made significant strides this season under LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who brought a pro-style attack to the Tigers. Demonstrating greater decision-making in his second season as LSU's starter, Mettenberger passed for 3,082 yards and an impressive 22-8 touchdown to interception ratio.
Scouts love Mettenberger's arm strength, size and the steady improvements he's made while facing SEC competition. They are also high on Mettenberger's willingness to make the difficult throws into coverage, demonstrating the confidence in his own ability to make clutch throws in critical situations. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/04/13 - Zach Mettenberger, rSr, LSU, 6-5, 235 (DS#4 QB) 2014 NFL Draft: Torn ACL could push Mettenberger into second day...Physically-speaking, Mettenberger has earned comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco. Unfortunately, while his size and arm talent warrant these comparisons, the LSU standout is also a relatively immobile -- and that, of course, was prior to his sustaining the serious knee injury. Mettenberger has enough quality tape that scouts won't necessarily need to see him compete at the Scouting Combine in February or during a Pro Day workout prior to May's draft to give him a high grade. NFL teams will want to see evidence that he's recovering from surgery to repair the torn ligament, however.
The concern will be whether Mettenberger will be able to participate in rookie mini camps and training camp prior to next season. If unable to do so, the team that drafts may be forced to give Mettenberger a "redshirt" rookie season in the NFL, as he'll have little time to develop the on-field rapport with his new teammates critical to taking over as a club's starting quarterback. As such, while scouts see Mettenberger as a potential first round talent, clubs may be unwilling to pull the trigger on him until the second or even third round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/04/13 - Duke Johnson, So, Miami, 5-09, 196 (DS#5 RB) 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): RB Duke Johnson, Miami, 5-9, 194, So., Miami, Fla. (104)...Despite missing the last four games of the season with a fractured ankle, Johnson collected second-team All-ACC honors after rushing for 920 yards and six TDs. He was averaging 115.0 rushing yards per game before his season-ending injury. He averaged 174.1 all-purpose yards per contest. - Miami football
12/04/13 - Michael Campanaro, rSr, Wake Forest, 5-10, 190 (DS#19 WR) 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, 5-11, 190, Sr.-R, Clarksville, Md. (102)...Despite playing in just eight games, Campanaro was one of the top receivers in the conference. He hauled in 67 passes for 803 yards and six touchdowns. He broke Desmond Clark's school-record for career receptions this season and finished his career with 229 career grabs. He was also third in career receiving yards with 2,506. - Wake Forest football
12/04/13 - Nickoe Whitley, rSr, Mississippi State, 6-0, 205 (DS#6 FS) The final play of Nickoe Whitley’s career at Mississippi State may have been his best. He forced the game-securing fumble out of the hands of Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace in overtime to preserve MSU’s 17-10 overtime Egg Bowl victory last week. It sent the Bulldogs to a a school record fourth straight bowl. But it’s one he won’t play in. The senior safety had surgery Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, MSU coach Dan Mullen told Head to Head radio. “He had ACL surgery (Monday),” Mullen said. “About Week 3 of the season, the doctors came and said, ‘Hey, he’s going to have to have knee surgery.’”
Instead of having surgery earlier so he’d be healthier for the NFL combine, Whitley opted to postpone the procedure to help Mississippi State. “He said, ‘I’m not giving up on the team. I’m going to play it out, and I’ll (have surgery) after the last regular-season game,’” Mullen said. Whitley will miss the second bowl of his career. The Provine product also missed the Music City Bowl against Wake Forest in 2011 because of injury. - Michael Bonner, The Jackson Clarion Ledger
12/04/13 - Zach Mettenberger, rSr, LSU, 6-5, 235 (DS#4 QB) Report: LSU QB Mettenberger out with torn ACL...LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger will not play in the Tigers' upcoming bowl game after being diagnosed with a torn ACL, according to a report from ESPN.com. Mettenberger was injured late in the Tigers' 31-27 win over Arkansas on Saturday. The senior quarterback -- and NFL Draft prospect -- hurt his left knee in the fourth quarter when he was hit after releasing a pass. He was helped off the field by trainers and was on crutches after the game. Mettenberger wears a brace on the left knee, but he denied in October that there were any structural problems.
After the injury, Anthony Jennings -- who will likely start in Mettenberger's absence in LSU's finale -- led the Tigers on a 99-yard game-winning drive against the Razorbacks, including the game-winning 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural. Mettenberger finishes his senior season with 3,082 passing yards and 22 touchdowns against 8 interceptions for the 9-3 Tigers. - CBSSports.com
12/04/13 - Zach Mettenberger, rSr, LSU, 6-5, 235 (DS#4 QB) According to an ESPN report late Tuesday, LSU senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger has a torn ACL and will not play in the Tigers' bowl game. Mettenberger was injured late in the fourth quarter of Friday's 31-27 win against Arkansas. He was seen after the game on crutches with an ice pack on his knee. The Watkinsville, Ga. native has 22 touchdown passes and season passer rating of 171.4 and became only the third Tiger quarterback to surpass 3,000 passing yards when he reached the milestone against the Razorbacks. - Chandler Rome, LSU The Reveille
12/03/13 - Ben Gardner, rSr, Stanford, 6-4, 277 (DS#16 DE) 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Ben Gardner, Sr., Stanford...Playing in just eight games, Gardner consistently got into the backfield, compiling 7.5 tackles for loss from his defensive end position while collecting 4.5 sacks and nine quarterback hurries. He totaled 19 tackles, one forced fumble and one blocked punt. - Stanford football
12/03/13 - Henry Anderson, rJr, Stanford, 6-5, 295 (DS#14 DE) 2013 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL Henry Anderson, Sr.,...Anderson, despite battling injuries, has compiled 15 tackles in six games. - Stanford football
12/03/13 - Jared Goff, Fr, California, 6-4, 205 (DS#5 QB) 2013 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB Jared Goff, Fr.,...Goff broke Cal single-season records for passing yards (3,508), total offense (3,446), passes completed (320) and passes attempted (531) as a true freshman in 2013 when he was one of three players on the team to start all 12 games. He also threw 18 touchdown passes to tie for 10th on Cal’s all-time single-season list.
In addition, Goff broke a single-game school record with 504 yards passing against Washington State and has become the second quarterback in Pac-12 history to throw for 450 yards or more three times, adding 450 in his collegiate debut against Northwestern and 485 against Portland State. He also threw for over 300 yards against both Ohio State (371) and Washington (336) to give him five 300-yard passing games, tied for fourth all-time at Cal. - Cal football
12/03/13 - Marion Grice, Sr, Arizona State, 6-0, 207 (DS#6 RB) 2013 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB Marion Grice, Sr., Arizona State...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Second Team for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - Arizona State football
12/02/13 - Nickoe Whitley, rSr, Mississippi State, 6-0, 205 (DS#6 FS) WEEK 14 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nickoe Whitley, S, Mississippi State...For the second-straight week, Whitley had what proved to be the game-winning forced fumble...Against Ole Miss in overtime, he forced a fumbled on the Rebels' first possession at the 2-yard line that lifted the Bulldogs to a 17-10 win en route to becoming bowl eligible...He finished the game with 5 tackles, an interception and a quarterback hurry. - SEC football
12/01/13 - Marion Grice, Sr, Arizona State, 6-0, 207 (DS#6 RB) Things are pretty good for Arizona State these days. The Sun Devils are six days away from playing in their first Pac-12 Championship Game; beating Arizona Saturday night means that ASU will host that game rather than traveling to Stanford; and they didn't just "beat" Arizona, they walloped their Territorial Cup archrival 58-21, the Sun Devils' biggest win in the series since 1996. But that's not to say things are perfect. Todd Graham confirmed after the game that all-purpose running back Marion Grice is still struggling with the leg injury he suffered Nov. 23 against UCLA, and is not likely to be available for the championship game.
"It's probably a three-week deal," Graham said, per Fox Sports Arizona. "He'd probably be doubtful. I think I'm safe in saying that. Our deal is we want to go win this thing, and he'll be ready for the next one." Grice spent the Arizona game on the sidelines, wearing crutches and a boot. Graham had been vague with Grice's status leading up to the game, calling it "day to day." D.J. Foster excelled in replacing Grice against the Wildcats, rushing for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries and adding 26 receiving yards to boot. But the loss of Grice would still be a major one, as the senior leads the Sun Devils with 996 yards rushing, is the team's third-leading receiver with 438 yards through the air, and leads the entire Pac-12 with 20 touchdowns. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
12/01/13 - Jadeveon Clowney, Jr, South Carolina, 6-5, 274 (DS#1 DE) 2014 NFL Draft: Pass rushers, including Clowney, steal spotlight...Clowney flashed the traits of a future first round pick as a true freshman two years ago and - despite constant hype saying otherwise - he's only solidified his stock as a blue chip prospect since. The two others, also juniors, may also have been participating in their final rivalry game. The 6-foot-6, 268-pound Clowney attacked the edge with his trademark explosiveness, demonstrating the speed, power and impressive technique (including refined swim and spin moves) to frequently pressure Boyd. While his effort in lateral and downfield pursuit may have been an issue in prior contests, it wasn't against the Tigers as the junior actively followed the ball. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/29/13 - Jared Goff, Fr, California, 6-4, 205 (DS#5 QB) California quarterback Jared Goff is expected to be ready for spring practice after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. The school said Goff had surgery Wednesday. He separated his throwing shoulder in the second quarter of Cal's 63-13 loss at Stanford on Saturday after taking a hard hit from linebacker Shayne Skov.
Goff started all 12 games for the Golden Bears (1-11) as a freshman this season. He broke Cal's single-season records for yards passing (3,508), total offense (3,446), passes completed (320) and passes attempted (531). Cal coach Sonny Dykes said he's "pleased that Jared is expected to make a full recovery and be back on the field for spring ball. We have confidence he can build on the promising campaign he had in his first season at Cal." - AP Sports
11/29/13 - Beckett Wales, Sr, Syracuse, 6-3, 255 (DS#26 TE) Syracuse tight end Beckett Wales is out for rest of the season. Wales suffered an upper body injury during Saturday's 17-16 loss to Pittsburgh and will undergo surgery, the university announced. Through 11 games this season, Wales has 10 catches for 78 yards. He had a season-high three catches for 33 yards against Pittsburgh before the injury.
Wales has 52 career receptions, fourth all-time at the school for a tight end, and his 523 receiving yards ranks seventh. The Orange (5-6, 3-4 ACC) host Boston College (7-4, 4-3) in their regular-season finale on Saturday needing a victory to become eligible to play in the postseason. - AP Sports
11/29/13 - Simon Goines, So, UCLA, 6-6, 325 (DS#35 OT) Losing to Arizona State hurt. Losing any chance at the Pac-12 South title hurt worse. But the worst hurt of all for UCLA might be that Saturday's loss also handed the Bruins' banged-up offensive line another major injury headache -- just before UCLA's annual grudge match with USC. Jim Mora and the Bruins announced Sunday that starting tackle Simon Goines broke a bone in his right leg against the Sun Devils, and underwent season-ending surgery Sunday. Goines left the game in the second quarter with what was later diagnosed as a broken fibula. Goines tweeted that the injury was "just a minor setback for a major comeback." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
11/29/13 - David Ash, Jr, Texas, 6-3, 220 (DS#22 QB) Texas quarterback David Ash, who has missed most of the season with concussion symptoms, will not return until spring practice. A statement Monday from Longhorns athletic trainer Kenny Boyd says Texas officials and Ash's family agree he should miss the final two games of the season and the Longhorns' bowl game. Ash, a junior, was the starter until being injured in the second game against BYU in early September. He returned briefly but has missed Texas' last six games. Boyd says Ash has made progress in his recovery but doctors have not yet been able to clear him to return. The Longhorns (7-3, 6-1 Big 12) play Texas Tech (7-4, 4-4) on Thanksgiving before closing the regular season at Baylor on Dec. 7. - AP Sports
11/29/13 - Aaron Murray, rSr, Georgia, 6-1, 208 (DS#7 QB) Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage planned to announce Monday that Georgia QB Aaron Murray was one of the confirmed players for the Senior Bowl, securing one of the coveted six quarterback spots. But Saturday in the Bulldogs' win over Kentucky, Murray suffered a gruesome injury to his left knee and on Sunday it was confirmed he'll need surgery to repair a torn ACL. Georgia's athletic department released a statement on Sunday: "Murray experienced minimal swelling and it was determined to proceed with the surgery this week, according to UGA Sr. Associate Athletic Director and Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson."
The injury ends the most productive career in SEC history for a passer as Murray finishes with 13,166 passing yards and 121 touchdowns, both conference records. But with a rigorous rehab in his future, Murray will be shelved for the next few months, almost certainly keeping him from participating in the Senior Bowl (Jan. 25) or combine (Feb. 19-25). The injury shouldn't hurt his draft grade too badly, but Murray will miss out on some opportunities to convert some doubters during the pre-draft process. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/25/13 - Nick Martin, rSo, Notre Dame, 6-4, 295 (DS#3 C) The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are down another lineman as center Nick Martin will miss the rest of the Fighting Irish's season with a "significant" knee injury, coach Brian Kelly said Sunday. "We're still getting a little bit more information," Kelly said during his weekly teleconference. "We had an MRI. I'll probably have a little bit more specific details, but he's out for the season." Martin left the first quarter of Notre Dame's 23-13 win Saturday over BYU, though the redshirt sophomore was able to walk off unassisted.
Kelly said after the game Martin had hyper-extended his knee. Redshirt sophomore Matt Hegarty replaced Martin at center for the rest of the game and will start in the Irish's final two games: Saturday at Stanford and their to-be-determined bowl game. Martin, a first-year starter, started all 11 games this season and was playing Saturday's game with a "boxer's fracture" in his right hand suffered two weeks earlier in a loss at Pittsburgh. - Matt Fortuna, ESPN.com
11/24/13 - Aaron Murray, rSr, Georgia, 6-1, 208 (DS#7 QB) Georgia QB Murray having ACL surgery...The University of Georgia confirmed Sunday that senior quarterback Aaron Murray will have ACL surgery on his left knee. Murray was injured during Saturday's 59-17 blowout win over Kentucky. The school announced that since swelling in Murray's knee was minimal, he will have surgery Tuesday instead of waiting the typical two weeks. Murray's mother, Lauren Murray, earlier in the day posted an announcement on Facebook that he would have season-ending surgery. Murray did not confirm what his mother posted but wrote on Twitter: "Thank you for all the prayers over the past few hours. Gonna come back stronger than ever! Dawg for life. Truly love you all #GoDawgs"
Murray finishes his collegiate career as the SEC's all-time leading passer with 13,166 yards with 121 touchdowns. He started 52 straight games for the Bulldogs and nearly led them to a national championship in 2012, falling just short to Alabama. Murray opted to return for his senior season instead of the NFL draft. He completed nearly 65 percent of his passes with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions, but Georgia is just 7-4 with one game left at Georgia Tech. - The Sports Xchange
11/24/13 - Aaron Murray, rSr, Georgia, 6-1, 208 (DS#7 QB) Aaron Murray threw four first-half touchdown passes before hurting his left knee and missing the second half of his final home game as Georgia beat Kentucky 59-17 on Saturday night. Todd Gurley ran for 77 yards and had five catches for 90 yards, including touchdown receptions for 16 and 24 yards, for Georgia (7-4, 5-3 Southeastern Conference). Murray, already favoring the left knee, left the game after he was hit by defensive end Za'Darius Smith following a pass that was intercepted by Khalid Henderson with 2:17 remaining in the half.
Murray was unable to put pressure on his left leg as he was helped off the field and taken to the Georgia locker room. Georgia announced Murray was taken to an Athens hospital to have a MRI on the knee. Hutson Mason, who replaced Murray, threw and ran for touchdowns. Kentucky (2-8, 0-7) lost its 15th straight SEC game. The Wildcats must beat Tennessee next week to avoid their second straight 0-8 finish in the conference. - AP Sports