Injury News & Notes - Week 4
September 24, 2015
By Brian Edwards
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-- UCLA suffered a crushing blow at Tuesday's practice when junior LB Myles Jack went down with a season-ending knee injury. Jack, who was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2013, garnered second-team All Pac-12 honors last year when he had 88 tackles, including eight for losses, and one interception. He has also seen spot duty at RB throughout his career, rushing for three touchdowns last season and averaging 7.0 yards per carry as a freshman. Jack becomes the third UCLA defensive starter to sustain a season-ending injury, joining CB Fabian Moreau and DE Eddie Vanderdoes. On the bright side, junior CB Ishmael Adams has been reinstated to the team after charges were dropped from a recent arrest for allegedly robbing an Uber driver. Adams, a first-team All Pac-12 selection last year, will play Saturday at Arizona.
-- Arizona might get first-team All-American LB Scooby Wright back vs. UCLA. Wright, the Pac-12's Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2014, injured his knee in Week 1 and hasn't played since then. He is expected to be a game-time decision. WRs Cayleb Jones and Samajie Grant missed Tuesday's practice. Grant is 'questionable' but Jones has been upgraded to 'probable.'
-- Florida sophomore QB Treon Harris and sophomore CB Jalen Tabor have been suspended for Saturday's game vs. Tennessee for a violation of team rules. Harris split time with Will Grier at QB in UF's first two games, but he didn't see the field in Saturday's 14-9 win at Kentucky. As long as Grier doesn't get injured against the Volunteers, Harris's absence won't be a factor. However, Tabor will be missed. When Vernon Hargreaves III missed a Week 2 game vs. East Carolina, Tabor had a pick-six. As a true freshman last year, Tabor had 31 tackles, two sacks, eight passes defended and one interception. UF starting junior LB Alex Anzalone is 'out' with a shoulder injury, while TE C'yontai Lewis is 'questionable' with a hand injury. Lewis, a redshirt freshman who had a pair of TD catches in the season opener vs. New Mexico St., is hoping to practice Thursday with a soft cast.
-- Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton is out for the next 4-6 weeks with yet another knee injury. Keeton turned around the Aggies program with his stellar play in 2011 and 2012, but he's had the worst injury luck since midway through the 2013 campaign. After an open date, they'll turn to Kent Myers as the starting signal caller for a home game vs. Colorado State.
-- Stanford QB Kevin Hogan is 'questionable' for Friday's game at Oregon State due to a leg injury sustained in last week's 41-31 win at Southern Cal.
-- Ole Miss will be without DB Tony Conner for at least a month (4-6 weeks) due to a knee injury. Conner, a second-team All-SEC selection last season, had 68 tackles, eight tackles for losses, one sack and one interception in 2014. Also, OT Laremy Tunsil, who is expected to be an early first-round draft choice next spring, remains out indefinitely while the NCAA investigates potential dealings with an agent. Tunsil earned first-team All-SEC honors last year. The Rebels, who are 10-5-1 ATS as home favorites during Hugh Freeze's tenure, will host Vanderbilt this weekend. As of Thursday, they were favored by 25 points.
-- Vanderbilt will most likely be without star LB Nigel Bowden (concussion) for a second straight week. Bowden, who led the Commodores in tackles last year, is listed as 'doubtful.'
-- Arkansas is in panic mode going into Saturday's SEC opener vs. Texas A&M in Arlington. The Razorbacks have dropped back-to-back non-conference home games to Toledo (16-12) and Texas Tech (35-24), and now they must move forward without their three best WRs. Keon Hatcher was lost for 6-8 weeks with a foot injury after being injured against the Rockets. Then during the loss to the Red Raiders, Jared Cornelius (arm) and Cody Hollister (foot) were lost for an indefinite period of time.
-- UCF is already without starting QB Justin Holman for at least this Saturday's game at South Carolina. Adding to their woes, the Golden Knights dismissed RB William Stanback from the program earlier this week. Stanback was a first-team All-AAC selection when he rushed for 10 TDs in 2014.
-- Wake Forest QB John Wolford is 'doubtful' for Saturday's home game vs. Indiana due to a sprained ankle sustained in last week's 17-14 win at Army. Kendall Hinton, a true freshman, will get the starting nod if Wolford can't go. Hinton rushed for 101 yards and a pair of TDs against the Cadets.
-- Seven TCU starters are 'out' and one is 'questionable' for Saturday's game at Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs won't have five of their defensive starters in the front seven, nor will it have CB Ranthony Texada, who was lost to a season-ending knee injury last week. WR Deante' Gray is also 'out,' while WR Desmon White and safety Kenny Iloka are question marks.
-- Syracuse will most likely have to go with a third-string QB in Saturday's home game vs. LSU. Terrel Hunt was already lost for the season and now Eric Dungey (head) is 'doubtful.'
-- Nebraska's defense will be short-handed Saturday vs. Southern Miss. Starting LB Michael Rose-Ivey will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a groin injury, while starting DT Vincent Valentine is 'doubtful' with a sprained ankle.
-- After missing last week's 9-6 win over UConn, Missouri senior RB Russell Hansbrough is set to return to the starting lineup Saturday at Kentucky.
-- Last weekend was bad for Fresno State quarterbacks. Starter Chason Virgil went down with a broken collarbone that will keep him out for the rest of the season. Also, back-up Zack Greenlee was arrested early Sunday morning for public drunkenness. The Bulldogs haven't announced a starter for Saturday's game at San Jose State, but I would think the nod will go to West Virginia transfer Ford Childress.
-- Auburn's best pass rusher, DE Carl Lawson, is 'out' Saturday vs. Mississippi St. A hip injury could keep him sidelined for an extended period of time.
-- Utah QB Travis Wilson (shoulder) and DE Hunter Dimick (knee) are both listed as 'questionable' for Saturday's game at Oregon. Dimick had 10 sacks last season.
-- California RB Daniel Lasco is 'questionable' at Washington. Lasco didn't play in last week's 45-44 win at Texas due to a hip injury. Lasco ran for 137 yards and two TDs on 24 carries in the Bears' first two games.
-- UTEP star RB Aaron Jones is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his ankle. Jones had rushed for 209 yards and one TD while averaging 6.5 yards per carry in the Miners' first two games. He was a second-team All C-USA selection last year when he tallied 1,321 rushing yards and 11 TDs. Also, starting QB Mark Leftwich is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion in last week's 50-47 win at New Mexico St.
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