09/19/17 - Jake Luton, rJr, Oregon State, 6-6, 234 (DS#25 QB) Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton is back with the Beavers after taking a scary hit in their loss to Washington State and being removed from the field on a stretcher. The school tweeted Saturday night that Luton had been released from Pullman Regional Hospital and returned to Corvallis. Luton had movement in all of his extremities, but after the game Oregon State coach Gary Andersen did not have an update on Luton's condition. According to The Oregonian , Luton's father, Judd, posted on Facebook that his son had a "probable thoracic spine fracture." Luton himself tweeted his thanks for the messages of support. Luton was injured when he was hit awkwardly by Washington State safety Jalen Thompson at the end of a 9-yard run early in the fourth quarter. - AP College Football
09/18/17 - Cardon Johnson, rSr, James Madison, 5-09, 202 (DS#33 RB) 1020208|James Madison leading rusher Cardon Johnson has been lost to a season-ending lower right leg injury, coach Mike Houston announced Monday. Johnson was injured in the top-ranked Dukes' 75-14 win over Norfolk State on Saturday. The redshirt senior has rushed for 347 yards and three touchdowns in the team's 3-0 start, including 265 yards and two scores in a season-opening win at East Carolina. The native of Newport News, Virginia, has been plagued by Achilles injuries during his career, missing all of 2014 and the final six games of James Madison's national championship season last year. Johnson has a case to petition the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility, but Houston says that's up to Johnson, who's already a graduate student. "You hate losing a veteran player there at that position, or any position," Houston said. "You hate it for (Johnson), him being a fifth-year senior and having that happen to his senior year." The Dukes, who host Maine in the CAA Football opener for both teams on Saturday, have excellent depth at running back with Georgia Tech transfer Marcus Marshall and junior Trai Sharp. - STATS FCS Football
09/18/17 - Cortez McDowell, Sr, Tennessee, 6-0, 235 (DS#36 OLB) Tennessee will have to regroup from its devastating 26-20 loss to Florida without a few of its key performers. Volunteers coach Butch Jones says linebacker Cortez McDowell and wide receiver Jauan Jennings will miss the rest of the season and that safety Todd Kelly Jr. is out indefinitely. Jennings had been ruled out indefinitely before the season. Jones said Monday that the junior wideout won't play all year. McDowell, who hurt his wrist against Florida, started Tennessee's first three games and had 24 tackles. His injury hampers a linebacker corps already missing Darrin Kirkland Jr., who suffered a season-ending knee injury last month. Kelly led Tennessee with 71 tackles last season. He had seven tackles in two games this year. Tennessee (2-1) hosts Massachusetts (0-4) on Saturday. - AP College Football
09/18/17 - Deebo Samuel, rJr, South Carolina, 5-11, 208 (DS#8 WR) South Carolina WR Samuel sidelined with leg injury...South Carolina will be without its best offensive playmaker, junior receiver Deebo Samuel, for an "extended period of time," coach Will Muschamp said on a conference call Monday morning. Samuel suffered a lower-leg fracture in Saturday's home loss to Kentucky as his left leg got caught underneath him while being tackled. Muschamp said after the game that Samuel's injury would be season-ending, but Samuel tweeted that night that he would miss only five to six weeks and the coach is now leaving the door open for a potential return. Samuel is an all-purpose player for the Gamecocks offense, with 15 catches for 250 yards and three touchdowns, as well as two rushes for 30 yards and a score. He has scored on two kick returns this season, giving him six of South Carolina's 11 touchdowns. South Carolina (2-1) plays host to Louisiana Tech this Saturday. - The Sports Xchange
09/18/17 - Connor Williams, Jr, Texas, 6-5, 320 (DS#1 OT) Texas T Williams out indefinitely with knee injuries...Texas standout left tackle Connor Williams will be out indefinitely after suffering sprained knee ligaments and a meniscus tear that will require surgery, the school announced Sunday night. Williams, a junior, was rated the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the nation last week by NFLDraftScout.com. Williams suffered the injuries in the second quarter of Saturday's double-overtime loss at then-No. 4 USC. He is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery "in the next week to 10 days," according to the school's release, which added that there was no timetable for his return. He sustained sprains of the medial and posterior collateral ligaments. Williams, a consensus 2016 All-American, is a virtual lock to end the Longhorns' drought of offensive linemen in the NFL Draft. The last Texas offensive lineman selected was Tony Hills in the 2008 fourth round. Texas (1-2) is off this week before playing at Iowa State on Thursday, Sept. 28. - The Sports Xchange
09/18/17 - Peyton Pelluer, rSr, Washington State, 6-0, 229 (DS#40 ILB) Washington State LB Pelluer out for season with broken foot...Washington State middle linebacker Peyton Pelluer will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken bone in his left foot on Saturday, according to multiple reports. The Lewiston Tribune in Idaho was first to report the news, confirming with the redshirt senior's family. The Seattle Times also verified with the family. Washington State typically does not discuss injuries. He suffered the injury early in the second quarter of last week's 52-23 win over Oregon State. Pelluer was one of the top defenders for the 18th-ranked Cougars. He made 21 tackles and intercepted a pass in the first three games this season. Pelluer was a honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection last season, when he was fourth in the league with 93 tackles, including 7.5 for loss. Washington State (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) is in the midst of five consecutive home games to start the season. The Cougars play Nevada on Saturday before a Top 25 showdown on Friday, Sept. 29, against No. 5 USC. - The Sports Xchange
09/18/17 - Tarik Black, Fr, Michigan, 6-2, 206 (DS#2 WR) Michigan WR Black set to undergo foot surgery...Michigan freshman wide receiver Tarik Black will need surgery after suffering a cracked bone in his foot, coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. Harbaugh said he did not know whether Black would be healthy enough to return later in the season. "He's going to be out. He's going to need surgery. He's got a crack in his foot," Harbaugh said. "On the outside of his foot." Black was carted off the field in Saturday's 29-13 win over Air Force. The injury came late in the fourth quarter after Black was tackled from behind on his final reception of the game. The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Black started all three games this season for the eighth-ranked Wolverines (3-0). He is the team's leading receiver with 11 catches for 149 yards. Black would be eligible for a medical redshirt year since he has played only three games thus far. Michigan starts Big Ten play this week on the road at Purdue on Saturday. - The Sports Xchange
09/17/17 - Deebo Samuel, rJr, South Carolina, 5-11, 208 (DS#8 WR) South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel had surgery on his fractured left leg Sunday and Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said the Southeastern Conference's touchdowns leader will miss an extended period of time. Muschamp said Saturday night after a 23-13 loss to Kentucky that Samuel's leg was broken and he would miss the rest of the season. On Sunday, Muschamp said that Samuel's surgery went well and he'll wait and see how the recovery goes. Samuel and his mother went on Twitter shortly after the game that junior would only miss five or six weeks and return toward the end of the season. Samuel got his sixth TD of the season on a 68-yard catch. He leads the SEC and is tied for second nationally. - AP College Football
09/17/17 - Deebo Samuel, rJr, South Carolina, 5-11, 208 (DS#8 WR) South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel is lost for the year after breaking his leg against Kentucky. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp announced Samuel's status after a 23-13 loss to the Wildcats on Saturday night. Samuel came into the weekend leading the Southeastern Conference with five touchdowns, including two kickoff return scores. He added a sixth on the game's first play with his 68-yard scoring reception. But Samuel was slow to get up after a 9-yard catch in the third quarter. He was taken into the medical tent and returned to the field shortly after. But Samuel's appearance did not last long as he walked into the locker room. Samuel, a six-foot junior, had five catches for 122 yards against the Wildcats. He finished the year with 15 receptions for 250 yards. - AP College Football
09/17/17 - Jacob Eason, So, Georgia, 6-5, 212 (DS#4 QB) Jacob Eason has shed his crutch, a possible sign that a quarterback controversy is coming for No. 13 Georgia. Eason suffered a sprained left knee while starting Georgia's opening win over Appalachian State. Freshman Jake Fromm won that game in relief and started last week's 20-19 win at Notre Dame as well as Saturday night's game against Samford. Fromm has earned compliments from teammates and coach Kirby Smart for his unusual poise. Smart, however, has given no indication Eason won't immediately return to the starting job when ready. Eason was not in uniform but showed no apparent sign of the injury as he walked around on the field during pregame warmups. He leaned on a crutch on the sideline last week at Notre Dame. Georgia opens its Southeastern Conference schedule with next week's home game against Mississippi State. - AP College Football
09/17/17 - Jaire Alexander, Jr, Louisville, 5-11, 192 (DS#3 CB) Louisville junior cornerback Jaire Alexander will watch the No. 14 Cardinals face No. 3 Clemson from the sidelines on Saturday night after being declared out for the second week in a row with a right knee injury. Alexander, who led the Cardinals with five interceptions last season, was hurt in the opener against Purdue trying to return a blocked field goal. Louisville's secondary is allowing 338.5 yards per game and enters the Atlantic Coast Conference showdown against the defending national champion Tigers without one of its top players. Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said during the week that Alexander was progressing from the injury but noted that his status was being evaluated daily. Senior Ronald Walker is listed as the starter in his Alexander's place and backed up by freshman Russ Yeast. - AP College Football
09/16/17 - Darius James, Sr, Auburn, 6-4, 316 (DS#15 OG) Auburn right tackle Darius James was carted off the field on a stretcher after being injured in the second quarter against Mercer. On a routine, 3-yard run by Kamryn Pettway, James went down and teammate Mike Horton landed on his back. The 324-pound senior remained sprawled out on the turf, face down and showing no movement while being treated. James' neck was stabilized and he was flipped over gently onto a backboard before being lifted onto the stretcher. Both teams kneeled in front of the respective benches, clearly concerned about James' condition. Auburn announced that James had feeling in all his extremities before he was being taken to East Alabama Medical Center for further evaluation. As he was taken off the field on a cart, James was applauded by the crowd of more than 80,000 at Jordan-Hare Stadium but never appeared to move. His arms were folded across his stomach, while he head - still wearing his helmet - was taped down. - AP College Football
09/16/17 - Tanner Mangum, Jr, Brigham Young, 6-3, 215 (DS#13 QB) BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum came onto the field with a boot on his left foot before the game and will not play against No. 10 Wisconsin on Saturday. Sophomore Beau Hoge, son of former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Merrill, will make his first career start. Mangum used a scooter to move around the sideline. The junior entered the season as the starter, but struggled in the first three games. Offensive coordinator Ty Detmer said this week that the offense wouldn't change under a different quarterback. Hoge is more of a runner than Mangum. Hoge played three games as a freshman in 2015 and completed 10 of 17 passes for 137 yards and touchdown. He also rushed 16 times for 49 yards and two touchdowns. - AP College Football
09/13/17 - Cardon Johnson, rSr, James Madison, 5-09, 202 (DS#33 RB) SEPT 4 CAA FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cardon Johnson, Sr., RB, James Madison (Newport News, Va./Warwick)...Johnson rushed for a career-high 265 yards and two touchdowns on just 17 carries (15.6 ypc) in James Madison's 34-14 victory at East Carolina. In his first game back from an Achilles injury, the senior broke scoring runs of 85 and 80 yards as the Dukes beat an FBS foe for the second time in three years. Johnson's rushing total was the second-highest in school history. - CAA Football
09/11/17 - Tre Watson, Sr, California, 5-09, 190 (DS#21 RB) RB Tre Watson left the Weber State game with a knee injury, and is questionable for the Mississippi contest.
09/11/17 - JaMycal Hasty, rSo, Baylor, 5-08, 200 (DS#17 RB) RB JaMycal Hasty went down with a knee injury in the season-opener versus Liberty. Coach Matt Rhule said it was a non-surgical injury; the sprain will keep Hasty out a minimum of four weeks.
09/11/17 - Tre Watson, Sr, California, 5-09, 190 (DS#21 RB) California running back Tre Watson will miss the rest of the season because of an apparent right leg injury. The senior got hurt after catching a screen pass from Ross Bowers late in the first quarter of California's 33-20 win over Weber State on Saturday. Watson limped off the field but returned in the second quarter and carried once before going down again, this time for good. "You feel for a guy like that that's put in so much time and effort into the program," Bears coach Justin Wilcox said Monday. "We'll have his back. Now it's going to be the next man up at that positon. He'll bounce back from this but it's never easy going through that." Watson wore a thick black brace on his right leg and used crutches Monday. He spoke briefly with Wilcox at the end of practice but did not stick around to talk to reporters. Wilcox declined to discuss specific details about Watson's injury or whether it would require surgery. Patrick Laird replaced Watson and rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries against Weber State and likely will continue to get the bulk of playing time. Watson was expected to be a centerpiece of California's offense after rushing for 709 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. - AP College Football
09/11/17 - Jeremy Smith, Sr, Louisville, 6-1, 224 (DS#20 RB) Louisville loses RB Smith (foot) for season...Louisville reserve running back Jeremy Smith is done for the season due to a fractured bone in his right foot, Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said Monday. Smith was injured in practice last week and sat out No. 14 Louisville's 47-35 victory over North Carolina on Saturday. "He is out for the year," Petrino said of Smith, who rushed for 382 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Malik Williams replaced Smith against North Carolina and rushed for a career-high 149 yards on 13 carries. Reggie Bonnafon, still listed as the starter, was limited to 22 yards on 10 carries. Colin Wilson, a highly touted freshman from Florida, also is close to joining the backfield as he nears a return from hand surgery. The Cardinals, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson, host third-ranked and defending national champion Clemson on Saturday. - The Sports Xchange
09/11/17 - Jeremy Smith, Sr, Louisville, 6-1, 224 (DS#20 RB) RB Jeremy Smith is done for the season due to a fractured bone in his right foot, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said Monday.
Smith was injured in practice last week and sat out No. 14 Louisville's 47-35 victory over North Carolina on Saturday. Smith rushed for 382 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
09/11/17 - Peyton Pelluer, rSr, Washington State, 6-0, 229 (DS#40 ILB) SEPT 11 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Peyton Pelluer, RSr., LB, Washington State...Had a team-high 14 tackles as Washington State rallied from 21-points down with eight minutes remaining in the game to win in three overtimes, 47-44, over Boise State...Down 31-17 with just under six minutes remaining, he intercepted a pass and raced 36 yards for the touchdown, cutting the lead to seven...The comeback matched the biggest fourth-quarter comeback for WSU since 1984 when the Cougars rallied from 42-21 down at Stanford to win 49-42. ALSO NOMINATED, DEFENSIVE: Koron Crump, ASU; Leo Jackson III, COLO; Thomas Graham Jr., ORE; David Morris, OSU; Harrison Phillips, STAN; Krys Barnes, UCLA; Uchenna Nwosu, USC; Filipo Mokofisi, UTAH. - Pac-12 Football
09/11/17 - Deebo Samuel, rJr, South Carolina, 5-11, 208 (DS#8 WR) SEPT 11 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Deebo Samuel, WR/KR, South Carolina...South Carolina's Deebo Samuel was at it again on Saturday in the Gamecocks' 31-13 win at Missouri. With the Gamecocks trailing 10-0 in the second quarter, the junior wide receiver returned a kick 97 yards for a touchdown, the second-straight week he's taken a kick 97 yards to paydirt...Thirty seconds later, he was in the endzone again on a 25-yard run, giving Carolina a lead that they would not relinquish...Samuel was also the Gamecocks' top receiver with five catches for 45 yards, as he totaled 167 all-purpose yards...The two kick returns for touchdowns ties the school's single-season record and Samuel now owns the school record for career kick returns for touchdowns with 3, all coming in the last 5 games. - SEC Football
09/10/17 - Deebo Samuel, rJr, South Carolina, 5-11, 208 (DS#8 WR) Deebo Samuel scored two touchdowns within a 15-second span of the second quarter, and South Carolina rallied from an early 10-0 deficit to defeat Missouri 31-13 on Saturday night in Columbia, Mo. in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Drew Lock's 61-yard touchdown pass to Jason Reese with 13:07 remaining in the first half gave Missouri (1-1, 0-1 SEC) its 10-0 lead, but Samuel changed the game's momentum by returning the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a TD, his second kickoff return for a score in as many weeks. On the next play from scrimmage, South Carolina's Jamyest Williams intercepted a Lock pass at the Tigers' 25-yard line. Samuel ran 25 yards for a touchdown on first down, giving the Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0) a 14-10 lead with 12:37 left in the half.
Jake Bentley's 40-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hayden Hurst with 8:41 to play in the third quarter extended the South Carolina advantage to 21-10. Tucker McCann's 22-yard field goal pulled Missouri to within 21-13 with 6:31 to go in the third quarter, but Gamecocks' kicker Alexander Woznick's 32-yard field goal with 18 seconds left in the third period re-established an 11-point lead at 24-13. After South Carolina recovered a fumbled punt, Hurst scored on a 2-yard run with 10:25 left in the fourth quarter to give the Gamecocks a 31-13 advantage. Lock, who threw an SEC-record-tying seven touchdown passes in Missouri's season-opening victory, was limited to one TD pass and was intercepted twice. South Carolina scored 14 points as the result of Missouri turnovers. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/17 - Jon Baker, Sr, Boston College, 6-2, 298 (DS#33 C) C Jon Baker, a senior who had started a team-high 27 consecutive games, will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, the school announced Saturday morning. Baker suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' season-opening victory at Northern Illinois. He has not redshirted and could return for the 2018 season. Baker, a team captain, had played in 36 consecutive games before that streak ended Saturday when Boston College played Wake Forest.
09/08/17 - Jackson Dillon, Sr, Memphis, 6-5, 245 (DS#999 OLB) Memphis LB Dillon (shoulder) to miss rest of season...Memphis linebacker Jackson Dillon will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, coach Mike Norvell announced. Dillon sustained the injury during the first half of the Tigers' season-opening 37-29 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. Norvell said in a statement Wednesday that the team is "planning on filing a medical hardship on (Dillon's) behalf for a sixth season." A fifth-year senior, Dillon was limited to just one game last season after tearing his MCL. He made a combined 31 starts from 2013-15, recording 20.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. - The Sports Xchange
09/08/17 - Marcus Ball, rSr, Arizona State, 6-2, 225 (DS#999 OLB) Arizona State's Ball retires from football because of seizures...Arizona State senior safety Marcus Ball announced on Wednesday that he will retire from football as he continues to battle what he termed uncontrollable epileptic seizures. Ball declared his decision on Twitter, noting that he has been dealing with the seizures for three years. "I want to make clear that I am now retiring from football so I can live a better quality of life," Ball wrote. "My health and family are first in my life, but I make it clear that Arizona State University has put me in a position as well as it can do with others to succeed in life!" Ball finished second on the team with 64 tackles last season, highlighted by a career-high 10-tackle performance in the Sun Devils' 23-20 win over UCLA. He also had an interception in that game. Ball was listed as the backup at both safety positions on the team's official depth chart prior to Arizona State's season opener against New Mexico State last week. He did not play, however. - The Sports Xchange