- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 mins ago
Less than a year after five-star defensive end Josh Sweat suffered a serious knee injury, he is expected to play for Florida State in the Seminoles’ season opener against Texas State.
Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday that Sweat, who suffered a torn ACL and dislocated kneecap in September, hasn’t missed a single practice during fall camp.
“He’ll play. He’s healthy enough to play,” Fisher said per the Tallahassee Democrat. “He hasn’t missed a practice. Nothing. Havent seen one thing (slow him down) and am very blessed with that.”
Sweat, a native of Chesapeake, Va., was rated as the top player in Virginia and the No. 34 overall prospect by Rivals in the 2015 recruiting class.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
A projected contributor on Michigan’s defensive line will likely miss the 2015 season due to injury.
Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed Thursday that defensive tackle Bryan Mone broke a bone in his leg during preseason camp. Harbaugh referred to the injury as “long-term” and said it occurred on blocked field goal return.
"Freak play, never seen it before in practice or games," Harbaugh said. "We blocked a field goal attempt, the ball came onto the defensive side of the ball, which we shouldn't be returning that ball. Unfortunately that teaching moment came with one of our players picking it up, running around the edge, and Bryan was trying to lead block for him and they got their feet tangled up. When Bryan went down to the ground, his toe came down at an inopportune angle, and unfortunately a bone broke."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Notre Dame defensive lineman Ishaq Williams will not play in 2015.
Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly announced Thursday that Williams, who was one of five players suspended for his involvement in an academic fraud investigation before the 2014 season, was denied a waiver by the NCAA.
“We heard back from the NCAA on Ishaq Williams and his appeal was denied. He will not compete,” Kelly said per BlueandGold.com. “We knew and I think Ishaq knew it was going to be an uphill fight, but where he never wavered was coming back to school and getting his degree. The silver lining here was he is in school and we're very optimistic that he'll be able to finish his degree here in the short term.”
- Jay Busbee at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
New Florida head coach Jim McElwain still has not chosen a starter, so both Treon Harris and Will Grier will play in the Gators’ season opener against New Mexico State on Sept. 5.
Harris and Grier both arrived on campus last season, but Harris has the experience edge over Grier.
Harris started the final six games of the 2014 season whole Grier took a redshirt. Harris threw for 1,019 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions, but completed only 49.5 percent of his passes. He added 338 yards and three more scores on the ground.
McElwain told reporters Thursday that he has no timetable for choosing a starter.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Florida freshman tackle Martez Ivey will have arthroscopic knee surgery Friday to look into a pre-existing injury that has been plaguing one of Florida's starting offensive linemen.
Mac on Ivey: "He'll be back. I don't know how quickly. It doesn't appear to be season-ending."
Arthroscopic surgery could result in an easy fix of the injury or the discovery of something worse (like a torn ligament). If it’s an easy fix, Ivey could be back in a short turnaround. If it’s something more complex, it could cost him the season.
Ivey, who was the top-rated offensive lineman in the 2015 class, was already working with the first team during fall camp.
"You don't think of him as a freshman, really, the way he's playing,” coach Jim McElwain said in an earlier interview. "That’s great to see. We kind of thought that when we recruited him."
In Ivey's absence, Fred Johnson will stick at RT, Mason Halter will play at OT, Trip Thurman could play on the edge as well
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Tennessee football is hoping to gain an advantage by monitoring the sleeping patterns of its players.
In a story by the Associated Press, Tennessee in conjunction with Rise Science, a Chicago-based company, is monitoring players by giving them sleep goggles to block out blue light from computers and phones, and sleeping masks. It's also fitting players' sleeping areas with sensors above their mattresses and under the sheets to monitor heart rate, movement and respiration rate.
The hope is to encourage more sleep so that players perform better when they’re awake.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said Wednesday that the program was considering taking money from a player’s cost of attendance stipend as a form of discipline.
It appears the program already had quite an elaborate fine system in place.
On Thursday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch published two images of a television monitor outside the team’s players’ lounge that detailed the various fines. The fineable offenses ranged from missing class to having a dirty locker or dorm room. Take a look:
As you can see, the fines become larger for multiple offenses. A seventh offense for “improper equipment” would cost a player a whopping $1,600.
According to the Times-Dispatch, a third screen detailed various fines already levied to players.
A third screen listed players who apparently had already been assessed fines, with their name, offense, date it occurred and amount fined.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Running back Altee Tenpenny is working on his third college football program in eight months.
Nicholls State confirmed to al.com Thursday that Tenpenny has joined its program after being dismissed from UNLV earlier this month for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Tenpenny, a four-star recruit and the eighth-best running back in 2013 class, started his collegiate career at Alabama. He rushed for 218 yards on 48 carries before leaving Alabama in January.
Tenpenny has been practicing with Nicholls State this week, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to play this season.
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