- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Clemson will be without its returning leading rusher for the entire 2014 season.
The program announced Wednesday that junior running back Zac Brooks injured his foot during Monday night’s practice which will sideline him for the season. Per TigerIllustrated.com, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said that Brooks will redshirt this season.
“Zac was having an outstanding camp and was ready for a terrific year,” Swinney said in a release. “The plan is for Zac to sit out this year due to the injury and come back next year as a redshirt junior. This is a big loss, because he is such a reliable player in all phases of the game. He knows the offense inside and out.”
The 6-foot, 200-pound Brooks has registered 74 carries for 365 yards and two touchdowns in his career. He also caught nine passes for 92 yards and one score.
A native of Jonesboro, Ark., Brooks averaged 5.1 yards per carry for the Tigers last season in a backup role behind Roderick McDowell. He was expected to be a big factor among Clemson’s slew of talented running backs.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Air Force RB Devin Rushing injured an ankle on the Falcons' second day of full-pads practice in August.
He said he feared he had broken his ankle during an Oklahoma drill. Rushing said someone had grabbed his facemask and brought him down into another defender on the ground and his ankle got rolled up on.
It wasn't broken, however. The Colorado Springs Gazette said it was a Grade 2 sprain and he was back on the practice field after missing 10 days.
But he's not on the field with his new number. He switched from No. 31 to No. 3 before the season and was told that he had to earn his jersey back.
"They took my jersey," Rushing told the Gazette. "I talked to the equipment manager and he said my jersey is still in there with Rushing written on the back, but I've got to earn it back."
Why? Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said he wants "tough, durable guys" on his team. Rushing was projected to be the Falcons' starting tailback during the season and is now practicing with the second unit.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Here’s something you don’t hear every day.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the game between Central Florida and Penn State in Ireland on August 30 “could be in jeopardy thanks to an Icelandic volcano.”
Scientists are concerned that a volcano called Bárðarbunga could erupt after there was a major earthquake in the region. The risk of the volcano erupting “has increased greatly in recent days.” Additionally, Slate is reporting that “the weekend’s heightened seismicity” has resulted in the Icelandic Met Office raising its “aviation color code” to orange, the second-highest level.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
In a move that was expected, Illinois head coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday that Wes Lunt will be the Fighting Illini’s starting quarterback.
Lunt, a redshirt sophomore who transferred from Oklahoma State, will succeed four-year starter Nathan Scheelhaase when Illinois’ season opens up.
Lunt, a Rochester, Ill., native, had been competing for the No. 1 quarterback position with senior Reilly O’Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey. Per OrangeandBlueNews.com, Lunt has been taking the majority of the first-team reps and completed 20-of-24 passes for 241 yards during Saturday’s scrimmage.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Former Virginia QB Marques Hagans still has his arm strength.
The team's current wide receivers coach threw a ball into a trash can from the other side of the Cavaliers' practice field. A football field is 160 feet long (53.3 yards) and we're guessing there's another seven yards or so to get to the trash can, so that's a 60-yard toss.
And for a guy who hasn't practiced as a quarterback recently, getting it in the trash can on the third try (if true) isn't bad at all. (We are still hoping our kicker trick shot idea from earlier in the day comes true.)
Hagans played QB at Virginia from 2001-2005. He backed up Matt Schaub to begin his career and took over fuill-time after Schaub left. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2006 and switched to wide receiver in the pros. He's been Virginia's WR coach for four seasons.
For more Virginia news visit CavsCorner.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Kent State announced that starting center Jason Bitsko died unexpectedly Wednesday morning. He was just 21 years old.
According to a release from the school, Bitsko was “found unresponsive in his bedroom” at his apartment around 9 a.m. Police believe the cause of death to be “an undetermined medical issue.”
Bitsko, a redshirt junior, was in his fourth season with the Kent State program. He started all 12 games at center for the Golden Flashes in 2013 and was set to continue that role in 2014.
"Kent State University and the entire Kent community mourns his passing," said Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen. "We are heartbroken by the news of Jason's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone whose lives he touched."
Bitsko, a native of Huber Heights, Ohio, did not appear at Wednesday morning’s practice and “calls were placed to Bitsko’s roommate.” The roommate then found Bitsko in his bed and called 911. Police arrived at the scene “within three minutes of the call,” but he could not be revived.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
The name of the man who led the Florida Atlantic football program from the start will now grace the field at FAU Stadium.
The university announced Wednesday that the field at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., will be named Howard Schnellenberger Field. Schnellenberger coached the Owls during their first 11 seasons, leading the program from the Division I-AA (FCS) level into the Division I-A (FBS) Sun Belt Conference in 2005.
Upon retiring in 2011, Schnellenberger registered a 158-151-3 record as FAU’s head coach. The decision to name the field after him was approved by FAU’s Board of Trustees Wednesday morning.
“I am humbled beyond belief that the University would bestow this great honor on the Schnellenberger family, and me personally,” said Schnellenberger. “This is probably the highlight of my coaching career. Thanks to the FAU Board of Trustees, the University, the fans, the players and the coaches that were an integral part of this.”
The school said in a release that Schnellenberger will be honored before the Owls’ home opener against Tulsa on September 13 – the start of the fourth season in FAU Stadium.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Gary Andersen, Les Miles is going to play your game.
After the Wisconsin coach said he wasn't going to name a starter until before the season-opener against LSU on August 30, Miles countered Tuesday and said he's going to wait to name a starter too.
LSU's quarterback battle is between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris and the decision likely won't be made public until before the game.
“We’ll tell the starter probably that Thursday [Aug. 28] when we put together the final list of starters, Miles said after a team scrimmage on Tuesday (via WWLTV.com).
Miles likes to be shifty and crafty and has maintained his stance on the battle since the spring so this could be a simple smokescreen. But he said Tuesday there was no separation between the two players.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has helped raise more than $30 million for the ALS Association (ALSA) in the last month. College football coaches and programs around the country have been participating, but for one SEC player, the movement means more.
Georgia senior offensive lineman Watts Dantzler lost his father, former UGA letterman Danny Dantzler, to ALS five years ago. Watching the Ice Bucket Challenge spread across the country has been incredible for his family.
“It’s such a terrible disease,” said Dantzler, per the Macon Telegraph. “With everybody helping out, tons of celebrities and stuff, it’s skyrocketed the normal donations, which is awesome. Hopefully that can make headway for an advancement of some things that can help slow it down or completely stop the disease.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he had a simple response when he heard of the report that said there was tension between him and Louisville coach Bobby Petrino.
"You know what, I have not seen the report," Grantham told Football Scoop. "I heard about it and you know, we're in camp, so we're busy. Truthfully I kind of laughed it off and went on to a meeting."
After Football Scoop gave Grantham a summation of the article, he flatly denied it. Sports Illustrated said Monday that there had been multiple feuds between Grantham and Petrino and Petrino would have gotten rid of Grantham if it wasn't for the five-year contract he signed in the offseason at Louisville after leaving Georgia.