- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
This weekend is Marcus Mariota’s time to shine.
Stanford has been a thorn in Oregon’s side and Mariota has had just OK games in the past two contests between the teams, which has contributed to the Ducks' losses. This Stanford team isn’t as good as the past two, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be ready and waiting to make Mariota look average again. It seems like this game is always the one that knocks Mariota out of Heisman contention. If he can shine against the Cardinal the way he has against almost every other opponent this season, he’ll give Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott a run for his money.
Here’s Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Watch for Week 10:
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Florida State plays Louisville on Thursday night in Louisville, so the Seminoles held their Wednesday walk-through at a public park.
was on a run Wednesday, he was approached by a parks employee who told him that the Seminoles were practicing not far from where he was running. So Himmelsbach went over to watch. After he was told to step back on the sidewalk by a security guard -- yes, in a public park -- he went to take a picture.
Then I took out my phone to take a picture, and two FSU staff members started freaking out.
"Put that away!"
I calmly told them that this was a public park, and that anyone can take pictures at a public park. They told me they had reserved the field. I said that I wasn't trying to use the field they had reserved. I was just taking a picture of it.
Himmelsbach then said FSU staffers noticed people further away taking pictures and they chased over toward them screaming for no pictures.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Penn State coach James franklin provided a few details about the injury that ended the season of starting safety Ryan Keiser.
Keiser is currently being hospitalized after suffering a rib injury during last Thursday’s practice, which led a small bowel injury.
Franklin said he received permission from Keiser and his family to provide details about the injury, but he declined to say how it happened. Franklin also wanted to refute rumors that Keiser had contracted an infection as a result of the injury.
“There is no infection,” Franklin said. “I wanted to make sure that we are clear.”
A source told ESPN that Keiser was not in critical condition, but "also not great."
Keiser, a senior, was a former walk-on who progressed from special teams to starting safety. He finishes his season with 25 tackles, an interceptions and three pass breakups.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
TCU leading receiver Josh Doctson will make the trip to West Virginia after coach Gary Patterson said he’s made “drastic improvement” since suffering an ankle sprain against Texas Tech last weekend.
Doctson left last week’s 82-27 blowout after suffering the ankle injury in the third quarter and did not return. There was initial speculation that Doctson had suffered a high ankle sprain, but the Fort Worth Star-Telegram citeda team source saying that wasn’t the case.
Doctson leads the horned Frogs with 35 catches for 573 yards and seven touchdowns. Against Oklahoma State two weeks ago, Doctson had 226 yards, which was one yard shy of a TCU single-game school record.
While the Doctson news was good, the word on backup quarterback Matt Joeckel was not. Joeckel suffered a season-ending knee injury in the fourth quarter of the blowout of the Red Raiders. Joeckel, a senior, has already graduated.
“It’s a shame,” Patterson said. “We gave him an ovation in the meeting on Sunday because of everything he did for us as a team, the way he came in, the way he helped Trevone (Boykin).
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Julius Whittier, a former Texas player, has filed a $50 million class-action lawsuit against the NCAA on behalf of everyone who he says played NCAA football from 1960-2014, didn't play professionally and has head injuries from his playing career.
The lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in Austin, Tex., says Whittier seeks damages for "a latent brain injury, early onset Alzheimer's disease, caused by repeated traumatic head impacts suffered" by the players.
Whittier played offensive lineman and tight end at Texas from 1969-1972. According to the lawsuit, which you can view in full here thanks to KEYE-TV in Austin, Whittier experienced repeated traumatic head impacts.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Boise State announced Tuesday that it would be providing full cost-of-attendance scholarships to its athletes if and when it is permitted by the NCAA.
The push for full cost-of-attendance scholarships has been part of the move for autonomy in the NCAA by the Power Five conferences. The conferences want greater flexibility to create their own rules within the NCAA when it comes to scholarships and other reforms.
While Boise State isn't a member of a Power Five conference, the school can keep up with any perceived advantages Power Five conference teams could have if they agree to offer full cost-of-attendance scholarships in the near future.
"Boise State is a proven program in the collegiate athletics landscape," Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. "Our intent is to provide the resources available not only for football, but for each of our 20 sports, to not only win conference championships but to compete with any program on a national level."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Utah senior wide receiver Dres Anderson will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury, the university announced Wednesday.
Anderson, a team captain, suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Utes 24-21 win against USC last weekend, but he stayed in the game. He caught three passes for 30 yards.
Anderson is Utah’s leading receiver with 355 yards and four touchdowns. He was second on the team with 22 receptions.
Anderson, who is the son of former NFL wide receiver Willie "Flipper" Anderson, ends his Utah career ranked fifth on the school's all-time receiving list with 2,077 yards.
Utah plays Arizona State this weekend in a pivotal Pac-12 South game. The Sun Devils currently lead the Pac-12 South, but a Utah win would tie the two teams and give the Utes the tiebreaker with four games remaining.
For more Utah news, visit Utezone.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was frustrated with the play-calling during Saturday’s 10-7 loss against LSU and said Monday that he hopes the Rebels are more aggressive going forward especially on the early downs.
"A lot of times when we were throwing the ball it was third down," he said. "It's easy [for the defense] when you know it's coming — third-and-9, third-and-long.
"Hopefully we can be more aggressive this week, but I'm going to run the plays that are called. That's all I can do."
Wallace’s frustration with the safe plays got the best of him last Saturday when he decided against throwing a route to the sideline or out of bounds during the waning seconds against the Tigers. Instead, he launched a ball toward the end zone that was intercepted and cost the Rebels a chance to tie the game and go into overtime.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen would like to offer TCU coach Gary Patterson some friendly advice.
Move quarterback Trevone Boykin back to wide receiver.
After all, Holgorsen said Tuesday, Boykin was the best wide receiver on the field in West Virginia's win over TCU last season.
"Offensively, it starts with Boykin, their quarterback," Holgorsen said. "Probably – well, not probably – he is the most improved player in college football. He is playing well. I thought he was good two years ago. As a true freshman, he came out here and beat us in overtime. Last year, i thought he was the best receiver on the field – possibly the best player on the field. I texted those guys earlier in the week and told them to move him back to receiver because he was so dang good."
Yeah, TCU isn't taking his advice, as Boykin as flourished as a full-time quarterback this season after splitting time last year between both positions.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Texas A&M is wearing uniforms commemorating its 1939 team against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.
Yes, that's faux stitching on the helmets to make them look like leather helmets. Pretty cool, isn't it? The Adidas gear is a good look. The uniforms are simple and would look good as a primary uniform. But the helmet is just awesome. It's the best throwback helmet we've seen this year in college football.