- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday31 mins ago
Recruiting is weird.
Coaches will go to extreme lengths to land a top prospect, and a recent trend shows programs photoshopping recruits onto magazine covers. Most of the time, the player will be superimposed onto a cover of a sports magazine like Sports Illustrated with a headline about the player leading a program to prominence.
Wake Forest took a different approach with three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel.
Yup. This is weird.
That’s Daniel on a fake cover of People Magazine with Kim Kardashian being touted as “pop culture’s newest power couple.” They even have a “KimGera” nickname like Kardashian does with her husband Kanye West (KimYe).
The cover also touts the ACC as the “real power conference.” Also, don’t miss the program-building feature with Dave Clawson!
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley saw plenty of No. 1 overall NFL pick Jadeveon Clowney when Clowney was suiting up for South Carolina, Clemson’s biggest rival. Beasley, a fifth-year senior who is also considered to be a highly regarded NFL prospect, doesn’t mind comparing himself to Clowney either.
“I feel like I’m the better player,” Beasley told Sports Illustrated.
Through two games for the Tigers this season, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beasley has registered three tackles for loss and two sacks. That’s a solid start following an All-American 2013 campaign where he racked up 44 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 13 sacks compared to 28 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three sacks from Clowney.
With 23 career sacks, Beasley is just one sack behind Clowney’s career total of 24. He could surpass Clowney this weekend when the Tigers take on top-ranked Florida State.
Beasley feels like he has one thing that separates him from the rest.
“I feel like I’ve got the best first step in college football,” Beasley said.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Red Wolves players had a cross decal on the back of their helmets for the first two games of the season. The cross had the initials of DT Markel Owens and manager Barry Weyer on each side after Owens was shot and killed in an attempted robbery in January and Weyer died in a car crash in June.
However, the school removed the crosses after a complaint following the team's game against Tennessee on September 6. Now, a firm which says it represents an unidentified player who fears punishment, is wanting the crosses back on the helmets.
The Liberty Institute wants the crosses back on the helmets by Wednesday.
“ASU’s actions in defacing the students’ memorial stickers to remove their religious viewpoint is illegal viewpoint discrimination against the students’ free speech,” Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute told Fox News.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
West Virginia sophomore CB Daryl Worley has been suspended indefinitely.
The school announced his suspension Monday evening. Worley has been an important player for the West Virginia defense through the first three games of the season. He has 17 tackles, third-best on the team, and has two interceptions. One was Saturday against Maryland and the other came in the first game of the season against Alabama.
His suspension comes at an inopportune time for the Mountaineers as well. They host Oklahoma and QB Trevor Knight on Saturday. According to WVSports.com, Ishmael Banks could start in Worley's place. Banks was suspended for the first three games of the season. In August, coach Dana Holgorsen said Banks had an academic issue but that the suspension was team imposed.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Our guess is that this fake punt play is a one-and-done for Arkansas State.
In the second quarter of the Red Wolves' loss to Miami on Saturday, Arkansas State went for a fake punt. Not only did the play not get the desired result, but Arkansas State's Booker Mays pretended to die in an attempt to fake out the defender in front of him.
It did not work. However, we're not sure what "works" would mean in this context. Make the defender yell to his teammates for help? Hope all 11 Miami players saw it and stopped playing? Make us all laugh uproariously after the play happens? (If it's the final option, yes, it did work.)
It was a takeoff from Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson's time at North Carolina.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
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.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Texas A&M played its second home game at the newly-renovated Kyle Field over the weekend and came out with a 38-10 win over Rice. Despite the win, there was a bit of concern from both A&M and Rice about the stadium’s playing surface.
After more than seven inches of rain fell in College Station the day before the game, the grounds crew was busy all night fixing divots and tending to the playing surface. After the game, Aggie fans couldn’t help but wonder if the spotty field conditions caused injuries to wide receiver Speedy Noil or defensive lineman Zaycoven Henderson.
Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman wondered the same thing.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Less than two weeks after it was revealed that starting offensive tackle Jacob Gannon had left the team, it was announced Monday that Gannon is back with the program.
A reason was not given for his departure, but Gannon, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound senior, divulged Monday that he was recently diagnosed with anxiety and now feels well enough to return to the team.
“I have been recently diagnosed with anxiety,” Gannon said in a statement. “I am receiving treatment for my condition and I am looking forward to being a part of the football team. I want to thank Coach Rhoads and my teammates for their support.”
Gannon started the team’s season-opener against North Dakota State before his departure was announced on Sept. 4.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton suffered a knee injury against Wake Forest this past weekend and while coach Matt Wells said there was no structural damage, he did say Keeton would not play against Arkansas State this weekend.
“Chuckie is fine from a health standpoint,” Wells said during his weekly press conference. “The ACL is intact, everything is good, it’s just banged up. We’re going to sit him out this week and next week, then reevaluate and see where he’s at during the BYU week.”
The Aggies have a bye before facing BYU on Oct. 3.
Late in the first half against Wake Forest, Keeton was running to his left, went down and got up slowly. After halftime, he returned to the sideline in street clothes.
Keeton suffered a torn ACL in his right knee last year that caused him to miss eight games last season.
Darell Garretson, who stepped in for Keeton a year ago, finished the Wake Forest game. He completed 11-of-16 passes for 121 yards, a touchdown and an interception and helped the Aggies secure a 36-24 victory. Garretson was 6-2 last year.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Georgia has one of the deepest running back corps in the country, but the depth will take a hit in the coming weeks after freshman Nick Chubb underwent surgery on his thumb on Monday.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, surgical screws were inserted into Chubb’s left thumb to repair a fracture. Chubb originally injured the thumb in practice last week, but he still managed to play in the Bulldogs’ loss to South Carolina. He registered 34 yards on four carries.
Chubb will miss the game against Troy on Saturday, but his long-term prognosis is not immediately known.
“He’s going good; he’s just resting right now,” Chubb’s mother, Lavelle, told the AJC. “They said they would see how he’s doing (Tuesday) before they make that decision (about how long he’ll be out).”
Chubb has only carried the ball eight times this season, but has rushed for 104 yards at 13 yards per carry.