- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday25 mins ago
Louisville freshman backup quarterback Reggie Bonnafon will miss Saturday’s game at Florida International in order to attend his father’s funeral.
Wallace Bonnafon died Monday of heart failure.
"Reggie's a real family guy and had a real close relationship with Wallace, as our staff did,” coach Bobby Petrino told media on Monday. “I would ask that everyone's prayers and thoughts go to Reggie and his family as he works through this."
Bonnafon did not practice on Tuesday and Wednesday Petrino said the Louisville native had returned home to be with his family.
“It's a very tough situation for him and his family, something that caught him a little bit off guard,” Petrino said. “The plans are they're going to have the showing on Friday and the funeral on Saturday, so he's just going to focus on helping his mom and the rest of his family."
Bonnafon has played in the past two games this season. He has completed 14-of-20 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
When the season began, much of the talk about the Pac-12 revolved around an impressive crop of starting quarterbacks. However, just three weeks into the season, depth at that position has become more important than ever.
Last weekend, both Arizona State’s Taylor Kelly and UCLA’s Brett Hundley — two of the premier quarterbacks in the league — suffered injuries that could keep them out for an extended amount of time. I say “could” because neither coach Todd Graham nor coach Jim Mora has been too keen on announcing exactly what is wrong with either quarterback or how long either will be out.
But in their absences, we watched Kelly’s backup Mike Bercovici and Hundley’s backup Jerry Neuheisel take the reins of their respective teams with mixed results. Neuheisel, who came into last week’s game against Texas in the first quarter, threw the game-winning touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to give the Bruins a 20-17.
By the time Bercovici came in in the third quarter against Colorado, the Sun Devils were leading 38-17. He threw four passes, completed two of them for eight yards and helped Arizona State secure a 38-24 win.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
It didn’t take long for Jameis Winston’s obscene outburst in the Florida State student union on Tuesday to become a teaching moment for other programs.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told The Tim Brando Show on Wednesday that he thinks coaches need to do a better job of educating players about who and what they represent as it pertains to themselves and the universities for which they play.
“I believe wholeheartedly that it is my job and our staff’s job to help these young men navigate life long after football,” Freeze said. “I suspended a kid this year for the first game because of a public scene he had in the summer in a public place. It was not the type of language or behavior that I think a young man should want to be, particularly when representing our university and our football team.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Former TCU defensive end Devonte Fields has no plans to turn pro after this football season. In fact, he has his sights set on returning to the FBS.
Fields is currently playing at Trinity Valley Community College and his coach Brad Smiley told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Fields plans to go through the recruiting process from junior college and get back to the FBS for 2015.
"Everything he has said to me and everything his family has said to me is the plan is for him to get his (Associate's Degree) and to play Division I again," Smiley told the paper Tuesday. "He is excited about going through that process and playing Division I again. He has not said anything about coming out to play in the NFL."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
During last weekend’s upset win against USC, Boston College wore red bandana-inspired helmets, gloves, socks and cleats to honor Former Boston College lacrosse player Welles Crowther.
The additions were supposed to be a one-time deal, but Boston College has decided to keep the inspirational adornment s around for the rest of the season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Florida State has suspended starting quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of Saturday's game against No. 22 Clemson a day after Winston shouted a sexually explicit phrase in the middle of the student union on Tuesday.
Winston issued a statement prior to his regularly scheduled media meet saying he was sorry for his "selfish act."
Coach Jimbo Fisher, who was asked about the incident on the ACC teleconference, said he spoke to Winston, and was still mulling punishment.
"We're deciding. We're talking and things (are) going on right now," Fisher said of Winston's status before the punishment was announced. "It's not something that we want or are indicative of. And it's not a good decision. It was something that had to be addressed."
This is the first football-related suspension of any kind for Winston (though he was suspended during the baseball season for the crab legs incident and did serve community service).
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Fresno State is looking for a backup kicker and you could be it.
The Bulldogs, who only have two kickers on their roster — freshman walk-on Kody Kroening and punter Garrett Swanson — are holding open tryouts for all fulltime students with kicking experience.
Yes, it’s come to this.
Earlier this month, starting kicker Colin McGuire left the program to deal with “personal issues with his family.”
“We really appreciate the contributions from Colin over the last year and a half — he helped us win a Mountain West Conference championship,” coach Tim DeRuyter told the Fresno Bee at the time. “We let him have a couple of weeks off during training camp this year to deal with some personal issues with his family. We thought we were over the hump, but clearly he has to spend some more time taking care of that and we wish him all the best as he deals with this difficult time in his life.”
McGuire did play in the season opener against USC and made one of his two extra point attempts. In his absence, Kroening has performed well. He’s made all five of his extra point attempts and one of his two field goals.
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For nearly a year, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has been exhaustive telling everyone who would listen — and that's a lot of us — that quarterback Jameis Winston is a really mature guy.
And habitually, Winston proves his coach wrong.
The Heisman Trophy winner’s latest act of immaturity came Tuesday when he reportedly stood up on a table in the Florida State student union and yelled an obscene phrase at the top of his lungs.
Winston’s choice of phrase wasn’t random. It came from a fake newscast video that surfaced earlier this year (please note that the link contains obscene language). The phrase was then turned into a meme and people then thought it was funny and cool to yell it during live newscasts… and apparently in student unions.
When Oklahoma announced it was adding Dorial Green-Beckham to its roster, just three months after Missouri had kicked him of its squad for multiple run-ins with the law, it raised some eyebrows.
The final straw for Missouri was a police report that said Green-Beckham had forced his way into his girlfriend’s home and pushed her roommate down four stairs. The report also said Green-Beckham dragged his girlfriend out of the apartment by her neck.
No charges were ever filed because the roommate feared backlash and the girlfriend was uncooperative. But it was enough for Missouri to cut ties.
It wasn’t, however, a deal breaker for Oklahoma at the time, but in light of the situation involving former NFL running back Ray Rice and his domestic abuse issues, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione told Sports illustrated that his university probably would not have allowed Green-Beckham to join its roster if he had tried to transfer now.
Every Monday, Dr. Saturday editor Graham Watson looks back on the weekend that was and decides what she loved, what she hated (I have all the hot takes) and what she can’t wait to see again.
Welcome back, Bryce Petty
I’m not gonna claim it was my column on Petty’s dwindling Heisman chances that got him off the bench and in the game against Buffalo last Friday, but I know it totally was. As I wrote last week, Petty needed to come off the IR and get back into the Heisman race if he wanted to keep pace with his competitors.
And boy did he.
Petty completed 23-of-34 attempts for 416 yards and four touchdowns in his first game back after suffering two cracked vertebrae in his spine during the season opener against SMU. Petty missed last week’s game against Northwestern State and watched his backup, Seth Russell, throw for more than 400 yards in a half. That raised questions about whether it was Petty’s skill or coach Art Briles system that made Petty so good. But Petty quieted his doubters for now. Even though it was against Buffalo, it was still a quality outing. And now, he has a bye week to get healthy again before starting Big 12 play against Iowa State.