09/29/16 - Vince Biegel, rSr/2017, Wisconsin, 6-4, 245 (DS#7 OLB) LB Vince Biegel is expected to be sidelined for several weeks due to a broken foot. The news of the injury comes two days before the No. 8 Badgers are set to visit fourth-ranked Michigan in a Big Ten Conference showdown. Biegel, a senior, is the most experienced linebacker for Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten). He has nine tackles, including a pair for losses.
09/29/16 - Rafael Gaglianone, Jr/2018, 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."
09/29/16 - Tim Williams, Sr/2017, Alabama, 6-3, 252 (DS#1 OLB) LB Tim Williams was arrested in a grocery store parking lot early Thursday morning and charged with possession of an unregistered firearm. Williams was arrested at 2:09 a.m. in a Publix parking lot after University of Alabama campus police officers searched under the seat of Williams' car. The officers approached the vehicle to investigate the source of the smell of marijuana. Williams' passenger claimed the pot was his, and did not belong to Williams.
09/28/16 - Davon Godchaux, Jr/2018, LSU, 6-4, 293 (DS#5 DT) East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says he is dismissing domestic abuse and child endangerment charges against LSU defense end Davon Godchaux. Moore says the woman who had accused the player of grabbing her hair and shoulder when she tried to leave his residence made inconsistent statements to investigators, and physical evidence at the scene did not support the charges. Moore says the woman also asked that charges be dropped, but stresses that was not the reason for his decision. Godchaux was suspended indefinitely from LSU's football team after his arrest. LSU has not yet announced his reinstatement. Godchaux has 20 tackles this season, including two sacks. He also has recovered two fumbles. - AP Sports
09/28/16 - Darrin Kirkland Jr., So/2019, Tennessee, 6-1, 230 (DS#5 ILB) Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. will miss a third straight game Saturday at No. 25 Georgia due to a high ankle sprain. Volunteers coach Butch Jones ruled Kirkland out for the Georgia game on Wednesday. Jones says he expects both defensive end LaTroy Lewis and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin to play for the 11th-ranked Volunteers this week. Lewis played sparingly Saturday in a 38-28 victory over Florida after missing the Sept. 17 win over Ohio with an ankle injury. Reeves-Maybin missed the majority of the last two games with a shoulder injury. Cornerback Cam Sutton remains sidelined after fracturing his right ankle Sept. 17. Jones says "there is a possibility that he may be able to get back for maybe the last couple of games of the year." - AP Sports
09/28/16 - Jon Reschke, rJr/2018, Michigan State, 6-2, 225 (DS#13 OLB) Michigan State's linebacker corps looked pretty deep a couple weeks ago. Not so much anymore. Jon Reschke is expected to miss a substantial amount of time with an ankle sprain, and linebacker Riley Bullough is day to day after missing last weekend's loss to Wisconsin with an unspecified injury. Coach Mark Dantonio announced the injuries Tuesday. Reschke had a forced fumble and an interception two weeks ago in a win at Notre Dame, but the Spartans followed that up with a 30-6 loss to Wisconsin. Dantonio said he's hoping Ed Davis, who received an extra year of eligibility after missing all of last season with a knee injury, will be able to help. "He's getting better and better. That's the plan, so that's going to add an additional guy to us," Dantonio said. "We've been deep at linebacker. We've got guys who have played and know what to do there, so they can pick up the slack. It's an opportunity for people to grow." - AP Sports
09/28/16 - T.J. Watt, rJr/2018, Wisconsin, 6-4, 243 (DS#4 OLB) SEPT 26 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: T.J. WATT, WISCONSIN, Redshirt Junior, Linebacker, Pewaukee, WI/Pewaukee...T.J. Watt had six tackles, including 3.5 for losses and 2.5 quarterback sacks as 11th-ranked Wisconsin defeated 8th-ranked Michigan State, 30-6. Notes: T.J. Watt is the fourth Wisconsin player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first defensive honoree since former defensive back Scott Starks (Oct. 17, 2004). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
09/28/16 - Mitch Trubisky, rJr/2018, North Carolina, 6-3, 220 (DS#6 QB) SEPT 26 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MITCH TRUBISKY, NORTH CAROLINA, Junior, Quarterback, Mentor, OH/Mentor...Mitch Trubisky passed for 453 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winner with two seconds left in the game, to lead North Carolina to a 37-36 victory over Pittsburgh. Trubisky completed 35-of-46 passes as the Tar Heels improved to 3-1, 1-0 in the ACC. Notes: Mitch Trubisky is the third North Carolina player, and the first offensive honoree, to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors. The last Tar Heels honored were defensive end Kareem Martin (Nov. 17, 2013) and defensive back Kendric Burney (Nov. 15, 2009). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
09/27/16 - Matt VandeBerg, Sr/2017, 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/2017, 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 - Davon Godchaux, Jr/2018, LSU, 6-4, 293 (DS#5 DT) LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette says starting defensive end Davon Godchaux (duh-VAHN GOD-shaw) has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested following an incident with his girlfriend at his apartment. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says Godchaux was released on $3,000 bond after being arrested on charges of false imprisonment and domestic abuse/child endangerment. The arrest report says his girlfriend was cited on a charge of domestic abuse/child endangerement. The arrest report says the woman accused Godchaux of grabbing her hair and later her shoulder when she tried to leave his apartment. Godchaux told the investigator repeatedly that he never tried to keep the woman from leaving. He said that he asked her several times to leave, but she refused. - AP Sports
09/27/16 - Jeremy Clark, rSr/2017, 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 - Danny Etling, rJr/2018, LSU, 6-2, 226 (DS#22 QB) LSU falls out of AP poll after devastating loss...LSU's last-second loss sent the Tigers spiraling right out of the Top 25. LSU became the second preseason Top 10 team to tumble out of the rankings when Sunday's Associated Press Top 25 poll was released. Alabama remained No. 1 followed by Ohio State, Louisville, Michigan and Clemson. The Crimson Tide received 50 of the 61 first-place votes. The Buckeyes received four, Louisville got six and Michigan received the other one. LSU (2-2) began the season ranked fifth but has failed to meet expectations. Particularly damaging was a final-play touchdown in Saturday's game against Auburn that was reversed by a review.
The loss led the Tigers to fall out of the rankings, joining Notre Dame as preseason Top 10 squads that are no longer ranked. Michigan State and Georgia also suffered significant drops in the poll. The Spartans slipped to No. 17 (from eighth) after being routed by Wisconsin and Georgia is now No. 25 -- falling 13 spots after losing to Ole Miss. Wisconsin's victory allowed the Badgers to move up to No. 8 -- behind No. 6 Houston and No. 7 Stanford. The ranking is Wisconsin's highest since being No. 4 in Oct. 2011. Texas A&M and Washington round out the Top 10. - The Sports Xchange
09/27/16 - Mitch Trubisky, rJr/2018, North Carolina, 6-3, 220 (DS#6 QB) Two of the nation's most efficient quarterbacks play in the same conference for schools less than an hour apart in the same state. North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky and North Carolina State's Ryan Finley have combined to throw 16 touchdown passes with no interceptions, and their completion rate is 75 percent (163 of 217). Trubisky has been especially sharp. He's the only quarterback in the country with more than 100 pass attempts who hasn't been intercepted, and only 15 QBs have thrown more than his 10 TD passes. The first-year starter threw for career highs of 453 yards and five touchdowns in a 37-36 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Trubisky set the school record with 30 consecutive pass completions over the last two games, hitting his last 18 in a row last week against James Madison and 12 straight in the first half against Pitt. He's 102 of 137, and his interception-free streak stands at a school-record 202 pass attempts. - AP Sports
09/27/16 - J.J. Taylor, Fr/2020, 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 - Kent Perkins, Sr/2017, Texas, 6-5, 320 (DS#20 OT) Texas coach Charlie Strong has suspended senior guard Kent Perkins for Saturday's game at Oklahoma State following his arrest last week for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Perkins, the most experienced offensive lineman on the team, was arrested early Friday and the team had the weekend off. "I don't drink, so I have a pretty hard stance on alcohol," Strong said Monday. "He's a senior. He's old enough (21) to drink. I tell them all the time, if you are intoxicated, and you get behind a wheel, not only are you risking your life, but you are risking the lives of others. I was really upset about it. There is going to be counseling, community service and punishment within our program."
With Perkins out, next in line at right guard are sophomores Alex Anderson and Jake McMillon. Strong also has the option of shifting other players who have trained at multiple positions. Perkins said he was "terrified" while sitting in jail wearing handcuffs. "I'm thankful to God nothing physical happened to me or anybody else," Perkins said. "It was a stupid mistake. It's not who I am. I apologize for that," he added. "That's not me, that's not my character, that's not what I'm about. This will never happen again. I know I disappointed a lot of people. I let people down. I think that hurts the most." - AP Sports
09/27/16 - Jacobi Owens, Sr/2017, Air Force, 5-11, 202 (DS#66 RB) Jacobi Owens scored on a 1-yard TD run with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter and Air Force opened the Mountain West Conference season with a 27-20 win over Utah State on Saturday night. Air Force's Haji Dunn Jr. set up Owens' score when he sacked Kent Myers, forced the fumble and recovered it at the Utah State 14. Owens capped the short drive by breaking a tackle and spinning into the end zone to make it 24-13. The Falcons (3-0, 1-0) then forced a four-and-out to quickly take the ball back and made it a 14-point lead on Luke Strebel's field goal with 2:57 left.
The Aggies (2-2, 0-1) cut the deficit back to one score with 33 seconds left after a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. But Ryan Reffitt recovered the onside pooch kick to secure the win. "Forcing turnovers was a huge part of it," Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun said. "We gave them some yards, but we were able to hold them out of the end zone in the first half. In the second half we played really well defensively." Utah State tried a fake field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 18 on the first play of the fourth quarter but came up 6 yards short of the end zone. - AP Sports
09/27/16 - Salamo Fiso, rSr/2017, Arizona State, 6-0, 230 (DS#11 ILB) Failure to force turnovers had been a big problem for Arizona State this season. Until the final three minutes Saturday night. The Sun Devils picked off Davis Webb twice in that span and D.J. Calhoun returned a Cal onside kick attempt 42 yards with 48 seconds to play in a 51-41 victory over the Bear in the Pac-12 opener for both teams on Saturday night. Laiu Moekiola returned the second interception 28 yards for a touchdown to put the Sun Devils (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) ahead 44-34 with 2:52 remaining. "You can't throw two picks in the fourth quarter and expect to win," Webb said. "That is on me. If you turn the ball over, you are probably going to lose." Webb's fifth touchdown pass of the night, 26 yards to Demetris Robertson, cut the lead to 44-41 with 54 seconds to play. But Calhoun grabbed the onside kick try and ran untouched to the end zone. Manny Wilkins completed 21 of 30 passes for 290 yards and a touchdown for Arizona State and ran 23 times for 72 yards and three scores. Salamo Fiso's interception set up the last of Zane Gonzalez's three field goals, a 23-yarder that careened off the right upright, to put the Sun Devils ahead for good 37-34 with 2:55 remaining. - AP Sports
09/27/16 - Jake Browning, So/2019, Washington, 6-2, 205 (DS#5 QB) Washington survived its first real test after rolling through an easy nonconference schedule. To keep their run going, the Huskies know they'll have to play better than this. Jake Browning hit Dante Pettis on a 4-yard touchdown in overtime and No. 9 Washington overcame a slew of missed opportunities to hold off Arizona 35-28 Saturday night in both teams' Pac-12 opener. "We can do better than that," Washington coach Chris Petersen said. The Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) dominated their first three games behind Browning's prolific passing and a first-team defense that did not allow a touchdown.
Those wins came against Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State, so Arizona represented a huge uptick in competition. Despite the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1) being down to their fourth-string running back, Washington had a hard time shaking them, plagued by missed chances on Arizona's side of the field. The Huskies failed on a fourth-and-1 in the third quarter and Cameron Van Winkle missed his second field goal of the game in the fourth - from 40 yards - to allow the Wildcats to hang around. Lavon Coleman did his part, running for 181 yards and a 55-yard touchdown while Browning was mostly limited to short throws underneath. - AP Sports
09/27/16 - Josh Reynolds, Sr/2017, Texas AM, 6-3, 190 (DS#10 WR) The momentum quickly turned for 10th-ranked Texas A&M when Trevor Knight, the quarterback already with two long touchdown runs, had another big play right after a huge defensive stand by the Aggies. Knight hit Josh Reynolds for a 92-yard tiebreaking TD pass two plays after 17th-ranked Arkansas was stopped three times from the 1, ending a 19-play drive that took nearly 10 minutes, and the Aggies went on to a 45-24 victory late Saturday night."A big-time momentum-changer," Knight said. Reynolds caught the ball in stride just short of midfield and quickly shed defensive back DJ Dean on his way to the end zone to break a 17-all tie and put the Aggies (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) ahead to stay.
Texas A&M has won five straight against the Razorbacks (3-1, 0-1), all since joining the SEC in 2012. "This game has been something else," Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said. "I was proud of our guys. They hung in there, and it just really showed the maturity of our team tonight." The long catch-and-run by Reynolds came two plays after Keon Hatcher was tackled by Armani Watts for a 5-yard loss on fourth down, ending the drive that started after A&M fumbled from the Arkansas 2. "Everybody talks about fourth-down stops, but it took three others to create a fourth-down stop, you know, from closer than that," Sumlin said. "So it wasn't just the fourth-down stop. It was the three before it." - AP Sports
09/27/16 - Seth Russell, rSr/2017, Baylor, 6-3, 220 (DS#3 QB) Seth Russell has been keeping an eye the past few weeks on a determined receiver in Ishmael Zamora and a frustrated one in Chris Platt. What the Baylor quarterback saw from the pair of sophomores against Oklahoma State didn't surprise him. Russell threw four touchdown passes, including an 89-yarder to Platt for the go-ahead score in the third quarter, and the No. 16 Bears held on to beat the Cowboys 35-24 on Saturday night in the weather-delayed Big 12 opener for both teams. Zamora had career highs of 175 yards receiving and two touchdowns on eight catches in his season debut for the Bears after a three-game suspension over a video of him whipping his dog that surfaced during the summer.
Platt also had two TDs. "He never takes any days off," Russell said about Zamora. "When he was suspended, he never griped one day. He came to work, and it showed tonight." As for Platt, Russell said it's been difficult for the young receiver to shake off a case of the drops in recent games. "I just kept trying to encourage him," Russell said. "He's a soft-spoken guy. He came out firing and he did some great things like we knew he would." Baylor earned its fourth consecutive 4-0 start in its first big test after a light nonconference schedule. The game was stopped by lightning for about 1 1/2 hours after the Bears scored on the opening series. - AP Sports
09/27/16 - Boom Williams, Jr/2018, Kentucky, 5-09, 196 (DS#23 RB) Boom Williams and Benny Snell Jr. once again put on an impressive rushing show for Kentucky, as Williams set the tone and Snell applied the exclamation point to a much-needed win for the Wildcats. Snell scored the go-ahead touchdown from 1 yard midway through the fourth quarter, Williams broke a 43-yard TD and Kentucky held off South Carolina 17-10 on Saturday night for their third straight series victory over the Gamecocks. Inconsistent offensively in the first half, the Wildcats (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) got going after trailing 7-3 at halftime with another strong performance by their hard-charging backfield tandem. Williams rushed 15 times for 123 yards including his big run down the left side for a 10-7 lead early in the third quarter. Snell followed with nine carries for 41 of Kentucky's 65 yards on the 11-play drive, all achieved on the ground. He capped the drive by taking the direct snap and running left into the end zone with ease, then sealed the win with several runs for first downs that kept the clock moving. "That's what I try to look for every time I touch the ball, a first down," said Snell, who finished with 73 yards on 16 carries. - AP Sports
09/27/16 - Jadrian Clark, rSr/2017, Weber State, 6-2, 230 (DS#93 QB) Taylor Hintze kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired and Weber State held on for a 38-35 victory on Saturday night despite UC Davis' 22 fourth-quarter points. Jadrian Clark threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in the first half to lead Weber State (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky Conference). Treshawn Garrett's 3-yard TD run stretched the Wildcats' lead to 32-10 early in the third quarter. It was mostly UC Davis from there. Brock Dale threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Keelan Doss. Following Hintze's 37-yard field goal, Joshua Kelley answered with a 91-yard kickoff return to pull the Aggies to 35-27 with seven minutes left. Ben Scott completed three straight passes to Luke Williams, including a 40-yarder and a 14-yard scoring strike to tie it at 35-all with 1:35 left. The Aggies then forced a Weber State punt, but Isiah Olave fumbled the ball on the return. The Wildcats' Tre'von Johnson recovered the ball, and on the first play from scrimmage, Clark ran 59 yards to set up Hintze's game winner. - AP Sports
09/27/16 - Callen Hightower, Sr/2017, Idaho, 5-09, 178 (DS#136 WR) Callen Hightower hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass in overtime Saturday night to lift Idaho past UNLV in a 33-30 win Saturday night. UNLV (1-3) opened the OT period with a 23-yard field goal from Evan Panels after stalling at the 5. Then it was Idaho's turn as Aaron Duckworth and Linehan pushed to the 11 on the ground, setting up the winning throw to Hightower. Linehan finished 17 of 35 for 249 yards and 19 more on the ground, including a 7-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Duckworth had 90 yards on 20 carries, including a TD, and Kaden Ellis returned an interception 31 yards for the game's first score as Idaho (2-2) picked up its first road win of the season. Austin Rehkow had two field goals for the Vandals. Trailing 27-20 in the fourth quarter, UNLV forced overtime with a 55-yard touchdown run by Lexington Thomas, who finished with 160 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. - AP Sports
09/27/16 - Lamar Jackson, So/2019, Louisville, 6-2, 205 (DS#1 QB) Lamar Jackson's latest fantastic performance didn't live up to his own lofty standards. Jackson capped off a September to remember with another solid effort against an overmatched opponent, throwing for a career-high 417 yards and accounting for seven touchdowns in No. 3 Louisville's 59-28 win over Marshall on Saturday night. The sophomore threw five touchdown passes and ran for two more scores. He completed 24 of 44 passes against a Marshall secondary whose most experienced player had five starts. Some of those incompletions stuck with him after the game and he gave himself a failing grade. "I was overthrowing my receivers," Jackson said. "I'm hot about that right now."
Louisville (4-0) didn't slow down against a nonconference opponent on the road a week after beating Florida State 63-20 at home. After a punt and a missed field goal on two of their first three series, Jackson said the Cardinals "got mad at ourselves. We're used to going out there and executing everything right. "We started off bad and in my mind I was like we need to make something happen. We got into our groove." The Cardinals raced to a 35-7 halftime lead on Marshall and cruised in the second half to break a four-game losing streak to the Thundering Herd. Jackson's scoring passes covered 71, 8, 30, 8 and 51 yards. - AP Sports