- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 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. Saturday12 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. Saturday13 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. Saturday13 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. Saturday14 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.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Central Michigan running back Thomas Rawls has been suspended indefinitely by the program after he was arrested Sunday. The arrest stemmed from an April 18 incident in which the senior allegedly stole a purse and several credit cards.
According to the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, Rawls was issued three felony charges on May 16. He was held in jail “briefly” and was able to post a $1,500 bond. Rawls transferred to CMU from Michigan in July, so his arrest took place before he was a member of the Chippewas’ football program and a student at the university.
He is facing three felony charges for larceny, possession of stolen credit cards and stealing credit cards. The stolen cards include “a Visa card and three store credit cards.”
According to the arrest warrant, Rawls was at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, Mich., when he and two other men saw “an abandoned purse in a chair.” Rawls then sat on the purse and handed it to one of the men he was with. The man then put the purse in a bag before the trio left the casino.
Drake has a new college football crush as he performs in two different Marcus Mariota jerseys (Photo)Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Is there a bigger bandwagon fan than rapper Drake?
Jimmy Wheelchair’s love affair with former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was well documented and everyone saw him at the Final Four reppin’ Kentucky. But now that we’re in a new school year, Drake's allegiances have shifted again.
With Manziel gone to the NFL, Drake had to find a new man-crush and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is the lucky guy.
He only rolls with winners, you know.
Drake wore not one, but two different Mariota jerseys during his concert this past weekend.
I mean, it makes sense. Mariota is the top quarterback in the country right now, he plays for the hottest team and he’s the early leader in the Heisman race. Oh, and Oregon’s uniforms are cool, so there’s that.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
When star UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley went down with an elbow injury in Saturday night’s game against Texas, backup Jerry Neuheisel, the son of former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, was brought into the game.
The younger Neuheisel threw two second-half touchdown passes and led the Bruins to a come-from-behind 20-17 win. Jerry, who now works as an analyst for Pac-12, watched anxiously from the network’s studio.
His reactions were fantastic.
In all, the sophomore completed 23-of-30 passes for 178 yards in the third game action of his career. Hundley’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious and the Bruins have a bye this upcoming weekend, which will give him some extra time to heal. The Bruins’ next game is a Thursday night game against Arizona State on Sept. 25.
If Hundley can’t go, Neuheisel will get his first career start.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Last week, Utah revealed new white helmets and the team reaction was priceless.
Monday, the Utah equipment folks added one special touch that should get a similar reaction by the fans.
“The Muss” (Mighty Utah Student Section) is Utah’s student fan club for football (among other programs) and has been an integral part of giving the Utes a decisive home-field advantage since it was established in 2002. The section is always sold out, always rowdy and always loud.
It’s very cool that the football program is giving a shoutout to its students front and center on its helmets. Not sure we’ve ever seen this before, but we like it.
For more Utah news, visit Utezone.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Iowa State’s come-from-behind win against in-state rival Iowa was a highlight in what has otherwise been a miserable start to the season. So how did the offensive line decide to celebrate the 20-17 victory? By taking a shirtless picture in the Iowa end zone, of course.
Let’s take a second to dissect this photo, shall we? First, the guy on the right (Daniel Burton, we think) owns this picture. I mean, he is everything. There are two guys flexing, one kissing his bicep and one doing the Rocky championship pose. And then, of course, there’s offensive line coach Brandon Blaney, also shirtless.
This was the third time in the past four seasons Iowa State captured the Cy-Hawk Trophy and the second time it has won it in Iowa’s stadium. Each of those last four games has been decided by single digits.
And to add a little extra salt into the Hawkeyes wound:
The Hawkeye's trophy case: pic.twitter.com/AG6oJXbFk1
Perhaps this win will give the Cyclones confidence to have a little more success as the season treks on. In the past two seasons the Cyclones won the Cy-Hawk Trophy, they have gone on to play in bowl games.