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Headlinin’: Illinois LB plays good Samaritan, takes gunshot in hand

Matt Hinton
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Wrong place, wrong time, right reason. Illinois linebacker Trulon Henry, a 27-year-old senior, suffered a gunshot wound in his right hand Sunday morning while apparently attempting to come to the rescue of younger teammates at a house party, likely ending his season and his college career. Henry said he was at home with his wife and two-year-old daughter after the Illini's loss to Michigan when he got a phone call from a teammate at a party where a fight had broken out. No charges have been filed in the shooting.

"Someone called and told me one of the younger guys got beat up and needed a ride home," Henry told reporters from the hospital. "I was only there for three minutes. I was trying to get everyone in the car. (Someone) started shooting. It's crazy."

The injury will keep Henry — a regular starter the last two seasons after arriving from junior college — out of the final two regular season games, and possibly a bowl game. He entered college late on the heels of a five-year prison sentence for armed robbery, which he describes as a one-time mistake in a desperate attempt to keep his parents from losing their house in Washington, D.C. He landed at Illinois because of his brother, former Illini (and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers) receiver Arrelious Benn. [Chicago Tribune]

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Get well soon, part one. Cincinnati lost its undefeated Big East record and its spot in the top 25 Saturday in a 24-21 decision against West Virginia, but the Bearcats' biggest loss may have been senior quarterback Zach Collaros, whose college career may be over due to a broken ankle. He was scheduled to undergo surgery today, which will keep him out of Cincy's final three regular season games, but he could return in time for a bowl game.

As of now, that game could very well be the Orange Bowl: Even with the loss, the Bearcats are alone atop the Big East standings at 3-1. With Collaros out, the reins fall to scintillatingly named sophomore Munchie Legaux, who rallied the 'Cats out of a 10-point hole in Collaros' absence, only to watch the Mountaineers block a last-second field goal to tie. [Associated Press, Charleston Gazette]

Get well soon, part two. Actually, there's no question of a quick return for Missouri's surprising tailback, Henry Josey, who underwent season-ending surgery Sunday to repair three torn ligaments in his left knee. Josey began the season buried on the depth chart behind Kendial Lawrence and De'Vion Moore, but went down in Saturday's 17-5 win over Texas as the leading rusher in the Big 12 by a healthy margin.

Coming into the weekend, Josey was on pace to break Mizzou's single-season rushing record; now, that will have to wait until next year, when he's expected to make a full recovery. [Columbia Tribune] {YSP:MORE}

In other injury news… In the same game, Texas tailback Fozzy Whittaker tore two ligaments in his right knee, ending his college career in the midst of his best season as a senior. [Austin American-Statesman] … Clemson's spectacular freshman receiver, Sammy Watkins, is "questionable" against N.C. State after leaving the Tigers' win over Wake Forest with an injured shoulder. [Charleston Post & Courier] … Auburn cornerback T'Sharvan Bell is expected to undergo surgery this week for a season-ending knee injury. [al.com] … Georgia receiver Rantavious Wooten is likely out for the rest of the season with a concussion he suffered in a car wreck in September. [Red and Black] … And Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien is out for the season with a broken arm he suffered in the third quarter of the Terps' loss to Notre Dame, their sixth straight. [Associated Press]

Can't lose for trying. UCLA confirmed its mediocrity Saturday in another embarrassing effort on the road, this time a 31-6 trouncing at the hands of Utah that dropped the Bruins to 4-3 in Pac-12 play and 5-5 overall. Still, with Arizona State's equally uninspired flop at Washington State, the Bruins remain in complete control control of their destiny in the Pac-12 South: With wins over Colorado (likely) and USC (not so likely) to close the season, they'll become the division's official sacrificial lamb for the Pac-12 title game.

"We're in it. We're excited to try to stay in it," coach Rick Neuheisel said on Sunday. "There is a lot of parity in this league. There are two teams this year, USC is obviously a very talented team as well, but there are two teams [Oregon and Stanford] that just got out and kind of ran away. They had a game last night where Oregon took control. But everybody else can beat everybody else." [Orange County Register]

Quickly… Former LSU running back Charles Scott is charged with rape. … Pennsylvania's governor says the state's failure-to-report laws could be strengthened in the wake of the Penn State scandal. ... Lane Kiffin calls Oregon the hottest team in the country. … Trojan safety T.J. McDonald "came back in good shape" after being admitted to the hospital for migraines and blurred vision. … Will Muschamp insists he sees improvement in Florida. … Bill Murray showed up at the Clemson game. ... And I think Tennessee's season is pretty well defined by the fact that it's now defined by what happens against Vanderbilt.

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