10/22/14 - Todd Gurley, Jr/2016, Georgia, 6-1, 232 (DS#1 RB) Georgia to apply for Gurley's reinstatement...Georgia will apply to the NCAA on Wednesday for running back Todd Gurley to be reinstated so he can resume playing for the Bulldogs. The Heisman Trophy candidate and the SEC's rushing leader with 773 yards has been suspended since Oct. 9 while school officials investigated allegations that he was paid for signing memorabilia. He missed the team's wins over Missouri and Arkansas while serving the suspension. SI.com had reported Gurley was allegedly paid $400 to sign 80 items for a memorabilia dealer. "Since completing its initial review of the eligibility matter involving UGA student-athlete Todd Gurley on October 9, the University has been supporting Todd and cooperating with his legal counsel as they review the matter," the university said in a statement Wednesday. "Todd has confirmed his desire to seek reinstatement, and the University fully supports Todd's request. The University plans to file the necessary paperwork with the NCAA later today."
No. 9 Georgia has an open date this week and doesn't play again until facing Florida in Jacksonville on Nov. 1.
"I want to thank the University, coaches, teammates, and the Bulldog Nation for their patience and support," Gurley said in the statement. "I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made, and I can't thank the University, my coaches, and teammates enough for supporting me throughout this process. I'm looking forward to getting back on the field with my teammates." Freshman Nick Chubb started at running back in place of Gurley. Chubb had two impressive games, carrying the ball 38 times for 144 yards and one touchdown against Missouri and 30 times for 203 yards and two scores against Arkansas. - The Sports Xchange
10/22/14 - Jeff Driskel, rJr/2016, Florida, 6-3, 230 (DS#12 QB) Florida names Harris new starting QB...Florida coach Will Muschamp named true freshman Treon Harris as the new starting quarterback over struggling Jeff Driskel. Harris replaces fourth-year junior Driskel, who has struggled in the Gators' last four games including an embarrassing 42-13 homecoming defeat to Missouri last Saturday. Fans booed Driskel and chanted "Fire Muschamp" during the game. "(Harris) is getting all the reps right now," Muschamp said Wednesday, "and Jeff is certainly going to have a role in that game." The Gators (3-3, 2-3 SEC) have a bye week before facing No. 9 Georgia (6-1, 4-1) on Nov. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Driskel has 12 turnovers during the past four games, including six during consecutive home losses to LSU and Missouri. Harris was suspended after leading Florida to a come-from-behind 10-9 victory at Tennessee on Oct. 4 after police investigated an accusation of sexual battery from another university student. Harris was reinstated five days later when the accuser withdrew her complaint. Harris sat in the coaches booth during the 30-27 loss to LSU on Oct. 11 and then returned to the field against Missouri. He was 8-of-12 passing for 98 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for a touchdown and lost a fumble on a first-quarter sack. - The Sports Xchange
10/22/14 - Elijah McGuire, So/2017, Louisiana-Lafayette, 5-11, 198 (DS#34 RB) Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night. McGuire had 19 carries for 265 yards, including scoring runs of 74, 13, 43 and 54 yards. Harris had three TDs in the first half and finished with 107 yards on 27 carries. The Ragin' Cajuns (4-3, 3-0 Sun Belt) have won three in a row since a three-game slide that included losses at Boise State and No. 3 Mississippi. Fredi Knighten threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns for Arkansas State (4-3, 2-1), which gained 595 yards on offense. Michael Gordon had 15 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown. Knighten also threw an interception and was sacked five times. Louisiana-Lafayette scored 28 straight points on its way to a 34-23 lead at the break. Harris had touchdown runs of 4 and 22 yards in the first quarter, and then had a 1-yard scoring plunge in the second. Harris had another 4-yard touchdown run for the only score in the third quarter. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Luther Maddy, Sr/2015, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 292 (DS#7 DT) Hokies DT Maddy out for season...A second right knee surgery in the span of three weeks will sideline Virginia Tech defensive tackle Luther Maddy for the rest of the season. Maddy, who has 33 career starts and was a third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick in 2013, started the first four games of the 2014 season before he had surgery for a meniscus tear and underwent surgery. "After his knee surgery on Sept. 23, Luther Maddy had two options moving forward. Luther has chosen the option of having an additional procedure and taking a medical hardship, so we will move forward based on his decision," Mike Goforth, Virginia Tech's associate athletic director for sports medicine, said in a release. "The expected recovery time is four to six months, and he will be limited in the spring but is expected to be full for fall practice." Maddy said said via Twitter that he plans to apply for a medical redshirt and return to the Hokies next year. - The Sports Xchange
10/22/14 - Taylor Kelly, rSr/2015, Arizona State, 6-2, 211 (DS#18 QB) QB Kelly expected to start for Arizona State...Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly, who missed the past three games with a foot injury, is expected to return to the starting lineup for the Sun Devils next game against Washington on Saturday, Arizona State coach Todd Graham said Monday. Kelly has not played since suffering the injury in the Sept. 13 victory over Colorado. Backup Mike Bercovici finished that game and started the next three. The Sun Devils were 2-1 in the games Bercovici started, losing to UCLA, but then beating USC and Stanford in a difficult three-game stretch.
Bercovici has completed 62.2 percent of his passes with 10 touchdown passes and two interceptions. He also threw the Hail Mary pass that beat USC on the final play of the game. Despite Bercovici's recent success, Graham has said all along that Kelly would regain the starting job when he was healthy enough to play. Kelly is more mobile than Bercovici and gives the Sun Devils a running threat that Bercovici doesn't. For the season, Kelly has completed 42-of-68 passes for 625 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing 19 times for 168 yards and two more scores. The 14th-ranked Sun Devils are 5-1, including 3-1 in the Pac-12 South, while Washington is 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-12 North. - The Sports Xchange
10/22/14 - Devontae Booker, rJr/2016, Utah, 5-11, 209 (DS#12 RB) Devontae Booker doesn't elaborate on his recent success, mostly saying he just runs hard. That tactic seems to work just fine for the Utah junior, who has rushed for an average of 187.7 yards in the last three games for the No. 19 Utes. His last outing was a 229-yard, three-touchdown eruption against Oregon State last Thursday night, sending Utah to a 29-23 double-overtime victory over the Beavers in Corvallis. "Every time my name was called I just took it and ran with it, ran hard and fought for extra yards," he said. Those yards pushed Booker into a tie for fifth on Utah's single-game best list. It also was the top rushing performance in the Pac-12 so far this season. "That guy is a beast," Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said. "I think he's the best back in the Pac-12."
Although he's started just two games for the Utes, Booker ranks second in the conference for yards rushing per game with nearly 124. Only Javorius Allen of USC has more with an average of 129.9 per game. Booker has no doubt solidified his job as starter for Utah (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) which hosts the No. 20 Trojans (5-2, 4-1) on Saturday night. Allen and Booker should both have the attention of the opposing defenses. "It will be very pivotal," Whittingham said about the showdown between the two backs. "Just about every week, most weeks, football comes down to stopping the run and being able to run. We've got two teams doing a nice job. I think we're rushing for a few more yards per week than they are." - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Phillip Dorsett, Sr/2015, Miami, 5-10, 185 (DS#13 WR) In 2012, Phillip Dorsett's pride was hurt. In 2013, it was his knee. This year, nothing has slowed the speedy Miami wide receiver. At his current pace, Dorsett would be headed to the NCAA record book at season's end. He's averaging 34.4 yards per catch, leading the nation by a wide margin and a figure that's 2.5 yards better than anyone at the top level of college football has ever managed over the course of a full season with at least 30 receptions. For a player who was maligned for dropping a pair of sure-fire touchdowns in a nationally televised, prime-time, Miami debacle against Notre Dame two years ago, then saw his junior season wrecked at midseason by a torn knee ligament, everything is finally going his way.
"Everybody goes through slumps," Dorsett said. "I don't care who you are, you're going to go through something that's going to just change your life and make you a better person. Honestly, I'm happy that happened to me. Going through that, I know what to expect. I know what I can take. And honestly, nothing can get to me anymore." Apparently, that includes defenders. Dorsett has 16 catches, which doesn't rank among the top five on his team and is a total exceeded by 352 other players so far this season at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. But the story with Dorsett isn't the number of touches - and rather, what he's doing with them. All but three of his catches have gone for at least 20 yards. He had a 201-yard game on just four grabs earlier this season, and a 143-yard, three-catch game against Cincinnati earlier this month. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Jermaine Whitehead, Sr/2015, Auburn, 5-11, 193 (DS#4 FS) Auburn's Whitehead returns from suspension...Auburn reinstated safety Jermaine Whitehead on Tuesday after a monthlong suspension that apparently was the result of an argument with an assistant coach. Whitehead had started 28 consecutive games before the altercation and the team disciplinary action. Before the reported confrontation with an assistant, he had 12 tackles and two interceptions this season in two games at the start of the season. "He practiced with the team on Sunday," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "He's going to do everything he can to try to earn himself back on the field. I don't know exactly how long that will take. I don't have a timetable on it. But we'll see how that goes and as far as his reinstatement and what he did and all that, that's between me and him." Malzahn refused to expound on the suspension. "Like I said, that's between me and him with everything that went into that up to this point," Malzahn said. "A lot of times seniors have a lot to do with decisions and stuff like that. So does the coaching staff. It was matter of fact."
Josh Holsey replaced Whitehead at safety in the past four games. He said Whitehead was practicing with the scout team on Sunday. "We just know he's back, and we're happy to have him back," Holsey said. "We all really miss Whitehead, his work ethic. It was good to see him back out there for the first time and see him get out there and run around a little bit with us." Auburn (5-1, 2-1 SEC) plays host to South Carolina on Saturday night. - The Sports Xchange
10/22/14 - Thomas Rawls, Sr/2015, Central Michigan, 5-10, 217 (DS#25 RB) One of college football's top running backs won't serve jail time in a Michigan theft case. Central Michigan's Thomas Rawls was sentenced Tuesday in Isabella County Trial Court to a year's probation and 104 hours of community service. The 21-year-old Flint man pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge of attempted larceny. He was accused in an April 8 theft of a woman's purse at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant. He was also accused of using her credit cards. The team suspended Rawls after the charges and reinstated him following the plea. The Michigan transfer is the fifth-leading rusher in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Rawls has run for 1,007 yards and 10 touchdowns in only six games. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Jarred Evans, Jr/2016, Cincinnati, 6-1, 190 (DS#999 QB) Backup quarterback Jarred Evans was suspended indefinitely by Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville on Tuesday for his arrest over the weekend on a misdemeanor assault charge. Tuberville said the junior-college transfer won't be allowed to associate with the team until his case is settled. Evans has a court appearance scheduled for Nov. 4. The police report said Evans punched a man, causing him to fall and sustain a concussion and a cut that required stitches. Evans was arrested early Sunday morning and stayed in jail until Monday. Evans was third on Cincinnati's depth chart behind Gunner Kiel and Munchie Legaux. He got his most significant playing time during the second half of a 41-3 win over Southern Methodist on Saturday, running 10 times for 67 yards and a touchdown.
"Everyone is held accountable for what they do and if you get your name in the (media), even if you're not guilty, you're suspended until you prove yourself because you're in the wrong place at the wrong time," Tuberville said. The university is investigating the altercation. Tuberville said players are told to stay away from situations that could lead to trouble. "It's a good way to lose a scholarship, a good way to lose your career, your education and all that," he said. "But it's decisions young kids make, they always make them." Cincinnati (3-3, 1-1 American Athletic) hosts South Florida (3-4, 2-1) on Friday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bearcats are reduced to two quarterbacks for the foreseeable future. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Jermaine Whitehead, Sr/2015, Auburn, 5-11, 193 (DS#4 FS) Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says safety Jermaine Whitehead has been reinstated to the team. Malzahn said Monday that Whitehead has returned to practice after a four-game suspension for unspecified violations. The fifth-ranked Tigers play South Carolina on Saturday night. Malzahn wouldn't say what Whitehead had to do to be reinstated to the team, or when he might get back on the field. Josh Holsey has started the past four games at safety. Holsey is fourth on the team with 26 tackles. Whitehead's suspension was announced on the eve of the Kansas State game. The two-year starter had 12 tackles and two interceptions through two games. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Luther Maddy, Sr/2015, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 292 (DS#7 DT) Virginia Tech defensive tackle Luther Maddy will have a second surgery on his injured right knee and miss the remainder of the season. Hokies trainer Mike Goforth says Maddy's recovery time will be 4-6 months and that Maddy will pursue a medical hardship redshirt. Maddy tore the meniscus in his right knee during Virginia Tech's loss to East Carolina on Sept. 13. He played the following week against Georgia Tech. The defensive lineman had surgery Sept. 25 and was expected to return in 2-4 weeks, but has not played since. Maddy can pursue the medical hardship because he has never redshirted at Virginia Tech. Maddy was a preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection this season. He has played in four games. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Jhajuan Seales, rSo/2017, Oklahoma State, 6-2, 198 (DS#33 WR) Two Oklahoma State football players were arrested over the weekend on complaints of public intoxication. A Stillwater police arrest report indicates that sophomore receiver Jhajuan Seales and freshman cornerback Juwan Offray were taken into custody early Sunday after officers discovered the men asleep inside a car in the drive-thru lane of a fast-food restaurant. The report says the men were "oblivious to anything going on around them." Officers described the men as lethargic and confused when they woke up and observed that their eyes were red, watery and had a glassy appearance. Police stated that Seales fumbled with the car keys for about a minute until the player was able to turn the engine off. The report stated that each man smelled of alcohol. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Sean Robinson, rSr/2015, Purdue, 6-3, 239 (DS#58 ILB) Purdue senior linebacker Sean Robinson is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Coach Darrell Hazell says Robinson will have surgery on Oct. 28. He was injured an Oct. 4 victory at Illinois. Robinson, who began his Purdue career as a quarterback before making the switch to defense, had 42 tackles in six games this season. Purdue (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) have a bye week and will return to action on Nov. 1 at No. 16 Nebraska. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Jarred Evans, Jr/2016, Cincinnati, 6-1, 190 (DS#999 QB) A University of Cincinnati backup quarterback has been charged with assault for punching a man, police said. Hamilton County Jail records show 22-year-old Jarred Evans was booked just before 4 a.m. Sunday on a misdemeanor assault charge. Police said Evans knocked a man down with a punch that caused a concussion and cuts requiring stitches. Other details weren't available immediately. A University of Cincinnati athletics spokesman said in a statement that it would be inappropriate to comment. "Coach (Tommy) Tuberville is aware of the incident involving Jarred Evans and is in the process of gathering information," the UC statement said.
A Hamilton County judge on Monday scheduled a Nov. 4 court appearance for Evans. A message was left for Evans' attorney. Evans was coming off his best game as a Bearcat. The former Santa Barbara City College player scored his first touchdown and gained 67 yards on 10 carries in the Bearcats' 41-3 victory Saturday at Southern Methodist University. He also completed both passes he threw for 10 yards total. The Queens, New York, native can be seen in a video from Saturday of former President George W. Bush mingling with Bearcats players in a pregame locker room visit. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Adam Choice, Fr/2018, Clemson, 5-09, 215 (DS#999 RB) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said leading running back Adam Choice is lost for the season after tearing a knee ligament. The 21st-ranked Tigers (5-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will also be without tight end Jordan Leggett for several weeks due after he also suffered a knee injury. Swinney said both players were injured in last Saturday's 17-13 victory at Boston College. Clemson faces Syracuse (3-4, 1-2) on Saturday night. Choice, a freshman, led Clemson with 218 yards and a touchdown. Swinney said Choice would need surgery in a couple of weeks to repair an ACL. Swinney said Leggett tore his meniscus and sprained an MCL. He's caught 10 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. The coach did not provide any further details on the injuries, per athletic department policy. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Roberto Aguayo, rSo/2017, Florida State, 6-0, 209 (DS#1 K) There are just six qualified kickers who have yet to miss a field goal this season. Florida State's Roberto Aguayo leads the group with 14 made attempts, followed by Maryland's Brad Craddock with 12. But eight of Craddock's field goals have come from 40 yards and out - and he is 33 of 37, dating to the start of 2013. It is no coincidence that each of those six kickers is also perfect on PATs. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Tyreek Hill, Jr/2016, Oklahoma State, 5-10, 185 (DS#12 WR) Seven players have returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns, and three of them; Oklahoma's Alex Ross, West Virginia's Mario Alford and Oklahoma State's Tyreek Hill, play in the Big 12. Marcus Murphy of Missouri, which used to play in the Big 12, joined the group by returning the opening kickoff 96 yards to kick start a rout of Florida. Murphy is the only player in the country with multiple kickoff return TDs and one punt return for a score. Ross leads the nation with 38 yards per kickoff return. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Josh Doctson, rJr/2016, TCU, 6-4, 190 (DS#18 WR) TCU'S Josh Doctson had the game of his life in the rout of the Cowboys. Doctson caught TD passes of 77 and 84 yards from Boykin in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 225 yards on just seven receptions. Carlos Harris of North Texas had 15 catches for 216 yards in a 30-20 loss to Southern Mississippi, and Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard had 15 grabs in the Sooners' hard-luck loss to Kansas State. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Devontae Booker, rJr/2016, Utah, 5-11, 209 (DS#12 RB) Seven players ran for at least 170 yards this week - and all seven of their teams won. Utah's Devontae Booker led the way with 229 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-23 win over Oregon State. Booker has cracked 150 yards in three straight games, and the surging Utes have won back-to-back Pac-12 road games. Georgia's Nick Chubb made Bulldogs fans temporarily forget the absence of star Todd Gurley with 202 yards in a 45-32 win at Arkansas. Minnesota's David Cobb (194 yards) and Central Michigan's Thomas Rawls (167 yards) became the fourth and fifth players to reach 1,000 yards rushing on Saturday, though Rawls and the Chippewas fell to Ball State 32-29. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Trevone Boykin, rJr/2016, TCU, 6-2, 215 (DS#10 QB) Just two quarterbacks, TCU's Trevone Boykin and BYU's Christian Stewart, threw for over 400 yards this week. Boykin was 26 of 39 passing with 3 TDs, and the Horned Frogs thrashed Oklahoma State 42-9 to improve to 5-1. Boykin has 14 TDs against just 3 interceptions in six games. Stewart, starting in place of the injured Taysom Hill, set career highs with 39 completions, 408 yards and four TD passes. But BYU lost to Nevada 42-35, dropping its third straight since Hill broke his leg. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Connor Halliday, rSr/2015, Washington State, 6-4, 198 (DS#8 QB) Washington State probably won't even reach a bowl game this season. But Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday appears to have the national yards passing title sewn up. Halliday's 3,344 yards are nearly 700 more than anyone else - and he didn't even play this weekend. Texas A&M's Kenny Hill had by far his worst game of the season on Saturday, throwing for just 138 yards in a 59-0 loss to Alabama. Hill is 695 yards behind Halliday. West Virginia's Clint Trickett is third with 2,525 yards after helping the Mountaineers upset Baylor 41-27. Halliday is also first nationally with 28 TD passes, and he should shatter the school's single-season record of 34 that he shares with Ryan Leaf. Of course, all those numbers ring a bit hollow considering that the Cougars are 2-5. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Trevone Boykin, rJr/2016, TCU, 6-2, 215 (DS#10 QB) TCU coach Gary Patterson quickly dismissed any talk about the Big 12 title chase. Someone brought up the league standings The No. 10 Horned Frogs, now the conference's highest-ranked team, had just completed their first-ever stretch of playing three consecutive top-15 opponents with a dominating 42-9 victory over Oklahoma State. "I haven't thought about it. I didn't think about it before, " Patterson said. "We've got six games left, and all six are capable of playing very well." While TCU (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) is one of four teams with a league loss and behind Kansas State (5-1, 3-0) in the standings, the Frogs are ranked higher than any of them halfway through their third season in the power-five conference. That comes after winning three consecutive Mountain West titles and then going 6-12 in Big 12 games the past two years.
Asked if they were the best team in the conference, dual-threat junior quarterback Trevone Boykin responded, "I wouldn't say that right now. We still have a lot of football left." TCU moved up two spots in the new Associated Press poll Sunday, a day after holding Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1) out of the end zone and outgaining the Cowboys 676-258 in total yards. The Frogs are just ahead of No. 11 Kansas State and No. 12 Baylor (6-1, 3-1), which dropped eight spots after its loss at West Virginia (5-2, 3-1), which moved into the poll at 22. Oklahoma slipped from 11th to 16th after its one-point loss to the Wildcats and Oklahoma State dropped completely out from 15th after its five-game winning streak was snapped. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Dak Prescott, rJr/2016, Mississippi State, 6-1, 235 (DS#4 QB) The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four teams in the top five - all from the western division. Mississippi State stayed No. 1 after a weekend off. The Atlantic Coast Conference's Florida State held its ground at No. 2 after beating then-No. 5 Notre Dame 31-27. Mississippi remains No. 3. Alabama jumped three spots to No. 4 after a 59-0 victory against Texas A&M. Auburn moved up a spot to No. 5 during a bye week, taking advantage of losses by previously unbeaten Notre Dame and Baylor. The Irish dropped two spots to seventh. Baylor fell to No. 12 after losing 41-27 at West Virginia. Thirty times since 2001 a conference has placed three teams in the top five of the AP Top 25. The SEC had done it 16 times since 2009. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Trevor Davis, rJr/2016, California, 6-2, 180 (DS#999 WR) California receiver Trevor Davis has been released from the hospital after he was hurt on a kickoff return. Davis was removed from the field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter Saturday against UCLA. The team says he was taken to the hospital for tests before being released around midnight Sunday. "I'd like to thank everyone so much for all the prayers, and I'm blessed to say that I'm doing good and will be back soon," Davis said on his Twitter account. Davis stayed down on the turf for a long time after appearing to take a knee to the helmet as he was tackled Saturday. While the trainers were tending to him, Davis' teammates kneeled on the field and the crowd chanted "Tre-vor Da-vis! Tre-vor Da-vis!" Davis was able to move his legs and talk. He gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was taken away on a cart. Cal lost the game 36-34. - AP Sports