08/23/16 - Dan Voltz, rSr, Wisconsin, 6-3, 295 (DS#999 C) OL Dan Voltz has retired from football after he experienced struggles in his attempts to return from major knee surgery.
Voltz, a fifth-year senior, tore the ACL and also suffered meniscus damage when he injured his right knee against Illinois last season. He was listed as the No. 1-ranked center and 52nd-best overall prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
Voltz said he was quitting football due to "physical reasons."
"It's a hard decision to make," Voltz told reporters. "It's been three or four days of a lot of thinking, a lot of talking to people within the program and family members about it."
08/20/16 - George Morris, rSr, Syracuse, 6-0, 187 (DS#71 RB) Syracuse senior running back George Morris underwent surgery for an ankle injury suffered in practice last week. The school confirmed Friday that Morris is out indefinitely. Rehab is expected to take multiple weeks. Morris has rushed for 761 yards and a touchdown as a reserve tailback over three seasons. He rushed for 326 yards last season.
08/20/16 - Jerald Foster, rSo, Nebraska, 6-3, 310 (DS#999 OG) OL Jerad Foster suffered a torn knee ligament in practice earlier this week and is out for the 2016 season, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley confirmed.
Foster's injury was worse than initially thought and he will require surgery. The 6-3, 310-pound Foster had separated himself in spring practice at left guard.
08/19/16 - Justin Dunning, So, Texas AM, 6-3, 225 (DS#999 SS) S Justin Dunning will miss the 2016 season for Texas A&M after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Dunning was injured in practice earlier the week and learned of the severity on Thursday. It is the third ACL injury for the sophomore, who tore his left ACL in high school and again last November while playing special teams for the Aggies. The 6-4 Dunning had 20 tackles and one interception last season.
08/17/16 - Austin Bryant, So, Clemson, 6-4, 265 (DS#6 DE) Clemson starting defensive end Austin Bryant is expected to miss at least three games after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney says Bryant got hurt at practice Monday night and had surgery Tuesday. Swinney says he hopes to have the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Bryant back to face Georgia Tech on Sept. 22. That timeline has Bryant out the first three games, including the opener at Auburn on Sept. 3. Bryant, a sophomore, played in 13 games last season. His best performance came in the Orange Bowl, when he filled in for injured starter Shaq Lawson and had eight tackles in a 37-17 win over Oklahoma. Bryant became a starter this spring with Lawson and Kevin Dodd leaving for the NFL. - AP Sports
08/17/16 - Keith Watkins II, rJr, Northwestern, 5-11, 180 (DS#999 CB) Northwestern CB Watkins II out for season...Starting cornerback Keith Watkins II is out for the season with a knee injury, according to Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. Watkins, a junior, was part of a solid tandem of cover men for the Wildcats along with Matthew Harris. There is little experience for Fitzgerald to turn to on the roster. Watkins was injured last week and has surgery scheduled for August 25. He is currently one of the top 50 cornerbacks in the 2018 draft class according to NFLDraftScout.com. He had 47 tackles, including 33 solo, in 2015 and was the top performer in the secondary for Northwestern against Tennessee in the Outback Bowl. - The Sports Xchange
08/15/16 - Jake Campos, rJr, Iowa State, 6-7, 305 (DS#14 OT) Jake Campos, Iowa State's only offensive lineman with significant experience, is out indefinitely. Coach Matt Campbell says junior tackle Campos injured his leg Monday in practice. Campbell didn't disclose details but said there isn't a timetable for Campos' return. Losing Campos for an extended length of time would be a blow to the Cyclones. Campos accounted for 23 of the 24 returning starts along Iowa State's offensive line, and he was expected to blossom into an All-Big 12 type player. Iowa State opens the season on Sept. 3 against Northern Iowa. - AP Sports
08/14/16 - Sean Maguire, rSr, Florida State, 6-2, 223 (DS#31 QB) Florida State quarterback Sean Maguire has a broken bone in his right foot, putting freshman Deondre Francois in position to open the season as the starter. Coach Jimbo Fisher revealed the injury Saturday after the team's practice, saying Maguire broke the bone Wednesday. The injury wasn't known until Friday when the senior felt discomfort toward the end of practice. Maguire is in a walking boot and Fisher said a screw will be inserted into the foot Monday. Fisher also said it is likely that the 6-foot-3, 232-pound senior would miss 3-4 weeks and could be ready to return by the Seminoles' second game against Charleston Southern on Sept. 10. Florida State opens the season Sept. 5 in Orlando against Mississippi. "He was sad about it but there was no hesitation from him on quickly getting it fixed and coming back as soon as possible," Fisher said about Maguire.
It is Maguire's second injury in less than nine months. He missed spring practices after having surgery for a broken left ankle suffered in the Peach Bowl loss to Houston. Maguire started five games of the final six games last season and was able to consistently move the offense as he completed 59.3 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. - AP Sports
08/14/16 - Zeb Noland, Fr, Iowa State, 6-2, 220 (DS#999 QB) Iowa State backup quarterback Zeb Noland is out for the season after injuring his knee Thursday during practice. Cyclones coach Matt Campbell said Friday that Noland, a freshman, hurt his knee in a non-contact drill. Campbell didn't further specify the injury. Noland threw for 1,627 yards and 17 touchdowns last season at Oconee County High in Georgia. Noland's injury likely means that sophomore Jacob Park, a highly-touted transfer from Georgia, will serve as Joel Lanning's backup. - AP Sports
08/14/16 - Andrew Jelks, rSr, Vanderbilt, 6-6, 303 (DS#999 OT) Vanderbilt offensive tackle Andrew Jelks and reserve quarterback Shawn Stankavage are expected to miss the entire season because of injuries. Commodores coach Derek Mason announced after practice Thursday that both players were out for the season. He didn't disclose the nature of their injuries. This is the second straight season injuries have prevented Jelks from playing. He started nine games at right tackle in 2013 and all 12 games at left tackle in 2014 but hasn't appeared in a game since suffering a leg injury in August 2015. Stankavage also didn't play a down last year as he was limited by an offseason leg injury. Vanderbilt opens its season Sept. 1 by hosting South Carolina. - AP Sports
08/13/16 - Jamel Dean, rFr, Auburn, 6-1, 209 (DS#6 CB) CB Jamel Dean has been ruled out indefinitely with a knee injury that will require surgery, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.
Malzahn.said after Saturday's scrimmage that Dean, a redshirt freshman and transfer from Ohio State, will be sidelined for "an extended period of time."
08/10/16 - Antonio Riles, rJr, Florida, 6-4, 311 (DS#999 OG) G Antonio Riles sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament that will require surgery and sideline him for the entire season, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. Riles was injured during practice on Monday. Tests revealed the severity of the injury, according to the reports. Riles started the first six games last season before he lost his starting job.
08/10/16 - Coult Culler, rSo, North Carolina State, 6-5, 280 (DS#999 OT) Redshirt sophomore Coult Culler will no longer play football for North Carolina State due to unspecified injuries, coach Dave Doeren says. Doeren announced Culler's decision Tuesday. Culler is a native of Wilmington who redshirted as a linebacker in 2014 and played in four games on the defensive line last season. He was moved to offensive guard in the spring. He will remain in school and will pursue a degree in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology. - AP Sports
08/10/16 - Christian LaCouture, Sr, LSU, 6-4, 307 (DS#999 DT) LSU DT Christian LaCouture confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that his 2016 season is over due to a torn ACL suffered in practice.
"I would like to thank everyone who has offered their support during this time. I really appreciate it. I tore my ACL during practice," he wrote. "I plan to attack this injury head on and I will help and support this team from the sideline and watch them achieve greatness #geauxtigers."
The 6-foot-5, 301-pounder considered leaving for the NFL Draft last spring but decided to return for his senior season. Now he will contemplate whether to enter the 2017 NFL Draft or use his redshirt to return to LSU for another season. --The Sports Xchange
08/09/16 - Isaiah Washington, So, LSU, 6-4, 242 (DS#999 DE) LSU OLB Isaiah Washington has been ruled out for the 2016 due to a knee injury suffered in a non-contact workout.
Sources told NOLA.com and The Advocate that Washington suffered serious ligament damage to his knee.
A post on Washington's Twitter feed (@ikew_91) Monday read, "I will shake back 94" with a heart emoji.
The 6-4, 236-pounder has been competing for playing time behind starter Arden Key at the hybrid "Buck" end/outside linebacker after posting three tackles and a forced fumble in six games last season primarily on special teams. He missed the first three games last season due to a broken hand. -- The Spots Xchange
08/09/16 - Christian LaCouture, Sr, LSU, 6-4, 307 (DS#999 DT) LSU defensive lineman Christian LaCouture and outside linebacker Isaiah Washington have both been ruled out for the 2016 due to injuries suffered in non-contact workouts, per multiple reports.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on Monday that LaCouture suffered an ACL injury that was being reevaluated, and sources confirmed to the paper and The Advocate on Tuesday that the senior had torn the ligament during a non-contact drill. LaCouture has a chance to potentially return for a bowl game, but could also take a medical redshirt and return in 2017.
The 6-foot-5, 307-pounder suffered a fractured arm in the Texas Bowl last season and decided to return for his senior year after considering entering the 2016 NFL Draft. LaCorture had been the No. 12-rated senior defensive tackle in the country by NFLDraftScout.com. He posted 35 tackles including 2.5 for loss and a sack while starting 10 of 11 games last season, and had been expected to play a versatile role as an end and nose tackle in new coordinator Dave Aranda's 3-4 scheme.
The loss of LaCouture could be softened by the potential return of Travonte Valentine, the top-rated junior college tackle in the nation who told 247Sports.com that he has been cleared to rejoin the program. The Advocate reported that Valentine has been admitted to the school. -- The Sports Xchange
08/09/16 - Isaiah Washington, So, LSU, 6-4, 242 (DS#999 DE) LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette confirmed to NOLA.com that LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture and redshirt freshman linebacker Isaiah Washington both are dealing with injuries but did not provide specifics.
A source told NOLA.com that Washington is dealing with a knee injury, but the severity has not been determined. He was not at either practice available to the media Saturday, but the website cited a source that Washington is able to walk on the knee.
A post on Washington's Twitter feed (@ikew_91) Monday read, "I will shake back 94" with a heart.
The 6-4, 236-pounder is competing for playing time behind starter Arden Key at outside linebacker after spending last season primarily at end, posting three tackles and a forced fumble in six games.
08/09/16 - Christian LaCouture, Sr, LSU, 6-4, 307 (DS#999 DT) LSU starting defensive tackle Christian LaCouture suffered a potentially serious knee injury during practice Monday.
LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette confirmed to NOLA.com that LaCouture and redshirt freshman linebacker Isaiah Washington both are dealing with injuries but did not provide specifics. NOLA.com reported the Tigers fear LaCouture suffered an ACL injury, although it was yet to be determined if it was a sprain or a tear.
The 6-foot-5, 307-pounder decided to return for his senior season after considering entering the 2016 NFL Draft, and is currently the No. 12-rated senior tackle in the country by NFLDraftScout.com. He posted 35 tackles including 2.5 for loss and a sack while starting 10 of 11 games last season. -- The Sports Xchange
08/04/16 - John Ferranto, rSr, North Carolina, 6-5, 300 (DS#999 OG) North Carolina offensive lineman John Ferranto will miss the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Team spokesman Kevin Best on Friday said Ferranto injured his left pectoral muscle during a training workout on Monday, and had surgery two days later at UNC Hospitals to repair it with an expected recovery time of six months. Ferranto is a senior who was listed on the preseason depth chart as the starter at right guard for a North Carolina team coming off an 11-win season that included the program's first Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division championship and its first top-10 ranking since 1997. He has 17 career starts and moved from left tackle this spring to help replace Landon Turner, an AP All-American who's headed to preseason camp with the New Orleans Saints. - AP Sports
06/22/16 - Corey Robinson, Sr, Notre Dame, 6-4, 215 (DS#999 WR) Notre Dame's Corey Robinson, the son of former NBA great David Robinson and the most experienced wide receiver on the Fighting Irish roster, is walking away from football because of multiple concussions. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior said Wednesday he had reached his decision "after much contemplation and prayer." Robinson, who will continue with the team as a student assistant, said he was grateful for the opportunity to play at Notre Dame and looked "forward to a great senior year." Robinson had missed most of spring practice after suffering a concussion at one of the first few practices. He met in April with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, a sports neurologist who specializes in concussion management and treatment.
Coach Brian Kelly said he knows it was a difficult decision for Robinson because he wanted to finish his four-year career on the field. "He was so excited to lead a group of young receivers this fall," Kelly said. The Irish lost four of their top five receivers from last season. Torii Hunter Jr. was the only returner with more catches last season than Robinson, who has more games under his belt and finishes his career with 65 catches for 896 yards and seven touchdowns. Robinson had a disappointing junior season as he struggled with dropped passes, finishing sixth on the team in receptions with 16 catches for 200 yards with one touchdown. He was second on the team as a sophomore with 40 catches for 539 yards and five touchdowns. - AP Sports
06/09/16 - Skai Moore, Sr, South Carolina, 6-2, 218 (DS#999 OLB) South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore, the team's leading tackler the last three years, will miss the 2016 season because of a herniated disc in his neck. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp made the announcement Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference's annual meetings. He said Moore will have surgery Friday in Charlotte to undergo a Level 1 fusion. Moore, a 6-foot-2, 218-pound senior from Cooper City, Florida, can't have any contact for six months after surgery. The coach says, "He'll be fine. This is not a career-threatening situation. This is a very common procedure for herniated disc. It's unfortunate that it didn't heal on its own." Muschamp says Moore, who considered turning pro after last season, will redshirt in 2016 and return to the team for one final season in 2017. Moore sustained the injury during the 2015 season and aggravated it in the weight room before spring practice in March. - AP Sports
05/12/16 - Thomas Sirk, rSr, Duke, 6-3, 220 (DS#26 QB) Thomas Sirk is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn Achilles and could be ready for Duke's season-opener.
Head coach David Cutlcliffe said at the ACC spring meetings there is a chance Sirk is under center Sept. 3 against N.C. Central, seven months after he was injured.
He's ranked the 12th-best quarterback in the 2017 class by NFLDraftScout.com.
"That's where we are in our thoughts," Cutcliffe said. "He's a great athlete. He heals a lot faster than I do. So I'm hopeful that we have a shot."
With Sirk injured in February after tearing his left Achilles three years ago, the Blue Devils prepared Parker Boehme during spring practice for the possibility he would be the starter in September.
Cutcliffe said it became apparent recently that Sirk might actually get back on the field in August.
"He's done amazingly well," Cutcliffe said. "Now you reach a point that he's still well ahead, way beyond what he was the last time. Now when we get to the next step -- can you run full speed? And after he can run full speed, can he change directions? He rushed for over 800 yards, so he is a runner. We'll get to that point hopefully … maybe mid-July we'll start getting a pretty clear picture is what they're telling me."
05/05/16 - Stephen Collier, rSo, Ohio State, 6-3, 225 (DS#999 QB) Report: Backup Ohio State QB Collier tears ACL...Ohio State's quarterback Stephen Collier, who was battling for the backup spot behind starter J.T. Barrett, suffered a torn anterior-cruciate ligament and will be lost for the season, Eleven Warriors reported Wednesday. An Ohio State spokesman confirmed to Eleven Warriors that Collier had surgery Wednesday, and said the quarterback is "most likely" out for the season. Collier is believed to have injured the knee during the Spring Game April 16. Collier was competing with redshirt freshman Joe Burrow for the backup job. - The Sports Xchange
04/24/16 - Corey Robinson, Sr, Notre Dame, 6-4, 215 (DS#999 WR) Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson is deciding whether he will continue to play football as he deals with lingering effects from a concussion and defensive lineman Grant Blankenship is waiting to hear whether he has a future with the team after being suspended for violating unspecified team rules. Robinson, the son of NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, met this week with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, a sports neurologist who specializes in concussion management and treatment, to talk about his multiple concussions, coach Brian Kelly said Friday.
"I think it was an extremely educational meeting for him. I'm very hesitant to go into the details, because I think that's a private matter for Corey. But I know this, he came back feeling really good about the meeting," Kelly said. Kelly said he expects a decision from Robinson in the next several weeks. Robinson was at practice Friday but was not in uniform as the team prepared for its spring game Saturday. He hasn't practiced since being injured during the first week of practice last month. "He understands he has to make a decision pretty quickly," Kelly said. - AP Sports
04/24/16 - Mike Dudek, rSo, Illinois, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 WR) Illinois receiver Mike Dudek will miss a second consecutive season after again tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, coach Lovie Smith said Friday. Dudek will have surgery next week after tearing the ACL last Saturday in a non-contact drill, Smith said. The severity of the injury was confirmed Friday. "The game sometimes can be cruel," Smith said. "It's unfortunate. The guy worked himself pretty hard to get back in position." Dudek was not available for comment, but posted a Bible verse on Twitter feed late Friday, after Smith confirmed the news. "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go," he wrote, which is from Joshua 1:9. Dudek suffered the same injury during spring drills last April and missed the 2015 season, his sophomore year. - AP Sports