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Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that he is unaware whether redshirt freshman QB Blake Barnett will transfer.

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reported on Wednesday that Barnett planned on transferring. Saban did talk with Barnett about his future before Wednesday's practice, but beyond that, he said, "I don't have a final decision on [his transfer]. Nobody has told me that." The 6-foot-5, 211-pound redshirt freshman started the season-opener against USC, but did little offensively before being replaced by Jalen Hurts in the contest. Hurts has run away with the job since then. "Blake is a fine young man, he's done a great job with this program and we'd love to see him be a part of the program in a future," Saban said. "But we also want him to do what's best for him."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 29 - 4:02 PM

Wisconsin junior K Rafael Gaglianone will miss the remainder of the 2016 season after undergoing back surgery.

Gaglianone was initially sidelined near the end of a Week 3 win over Georgia State. He subsequently sat out last weekend's big win over Michigan State. With the 5-foot-11, 219-pounder officially ruled out for the remainder of the season, place-kicking duties will fall to Andrew Endicott. Endicott lacks experience, but for better or worse, this will be his show moving forward.
Sep 29 - 3:51 PM

Bowling Green redshirt freshman QB James Morgan has been named the starter for Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan.

This shouldn't be considered a huge surprise, as now-deposed starter James Knapke had completed just 50% of his passes and held a 3/9 TD/INT ratio. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Morgan hasn't exactly impressed in his own limited work this season, as he has tossed an interception in all three of the games in which he saw the field. No touchdowns, either. There is upside here, though. ESPN graded Morgan as a four-star recruit for the 2015 cycle.
Sep 29 - 3:42 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) is expected to be available for Saturday's game against Texas A&M.

The Gamecocks are going to need all their firepower (as it were) if they want any chance of hanging with Trevor Knight and friends. Samuel's being will aid that cause. Due to lingering hamstring issues, the 6-foot, 202-pounder has managed to play in just two games this season. In that space, he has caught four passes for 66 yards. Samuel is still looking for his first receiving touchdown of the 2016 campaign, but does have one eight-yard rushing score to his good name. South Carolina's season-high for points in a contest is 20, against East Carolina. They have been held to 14 or fewer points in each of their other three games. Given the dreadful state of this offense, Samuel does not make for a palatable fantasy target.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 29 - 3:26 PM

Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon was seen sporting a sleeve and brace on his left knee in practice.

Brandon Dawkins has already been pegged as the starter for this weekend's showdown with UCLA. The Tuscon News relayed that the scuttlebutt around the program is that Dawkins may well have the starting gig on lockdown moving forward. Solomon has been plagued by injury concerns over the last two seasons and has appeared in just one game -- the opener against BYU -- during the 2016 campaign.
Sep 29 - 3:09 PM

Alabama sophomore RB Damien Harris (ankle) was a full-participant in Wednesday's practice.

Looks like Harris has avoided major injury. When he was initially driven from Saturday's win over Kent State, he appeared to have potentially suffered a serious knee injury. Turns out it was an ankle issue. Barring a setback, the 5-foot-11, 214-pounder should be able to play against Kentucky on Saturday. In three-plus games this season, Harris has rushed for 345 yards (8.6 YPC) and a touchdown. Fantasy owners should continue to check in on his status over the next two days, but it looks very likely he will be available for normal usage on Saturday.
Source: AL.com
Sep 29 - 2:56 PM

Georgia junior RB Nick Chubb (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.

Chubb continues to be hobbled by the left ankle sprain sustained in Saturday's loss to Ole Miss. HC Kirby Smart labeled him as "day-to-day" in his weekly radio show this week, saying, "Trying to get him back. We want him back bad. Don’t know if he’s going to be back." Smart added that the 5-foot-10, 228-pound junior "has got to recover some." Sony Michel would handle lead carries against Tennessee on Saturday if Chubb is unable to play.
Sep 29 - 2:43 PM

Florida redshirt junior QB Luke Del Rio (knee) went through individual drills on Wednesday.

Del Rio sat out last weekend's come-from-ahead loss to Tennessee due to a sprained MCL suffered against North Texas in Week 3. While the 6-foot-1, 213-pounder did take part in individual drills on Wednesday, his initial timetable was thought to be 2-4 weeks, making a return for this weekend's game against Vanderbilt doubtful. And to that point, HC Jim McElwain said earlier this week that it is "highly unlikely" that Del Rio plays against the Commodores. Austin Appleby threw for 296 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the aforementioned loss to Tennessee and figures to draw another start versus Vandy unless Del Rio is making miracle progress in his recovery.
Sep 29 - 2:33 PM

Oklahoma senior DE Matt Dimon has been ruled out for Saturday's game against TCU due to an undisclosed injury.

Dimon played in the first half of Week 3's loss to Ohio State, but his injury prevented him from taking the field in the second half of that contest. Even with last weekend's bye to rest up, the 6-foot-2, 285-pounder still hasn't progressed enough in his health for Oklahoma to feel comfortable trotting him out there against TCU this weekend. That will be the second game he has missed this season -- he also sat out against Louisiana-Monroe in Week 2.
Sep 29 - 2:19 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore LB Tay Evans (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against TCU.

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops indicated that Evans has at least been able to practice this week, but the undisclosed injury he sustained against Ohio State in Week 3 will still keep him out of Saturday's showdown with the Horned Frogs. The 6-foot-2, 242-pounder has recorded 10 tackles this season.
Sep 29 - 2:12 PM

Wisconsin RB coach John Settle said that senior RB Corey Clement (ankle) looked markedly improved during practice this week.

"By going through that game [against Michigan State on Saturday] and not getting dinged and coming out healthy I think he has taken a step forward," Settle said. "We’re hoping this week he is able to take another step and we get to see the old Corey Clement." The 5-foot-11, 227-pounder initially injured his ankle against Akron several weekends ago. He did not play against Georgia State in Week 3, but did suit up to face off with Sparty on Saturday. In that one, he rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Modest numbers, but Settle believes that "in his mind he was trying to get out of the game healthy.... I think he started guessing instead of trusting the scheme and hitting it." Wisconsin plays Michigan on Saturday.
Sep 29 - 1:55 PM

Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Taiwan Deal (ankle) is expected to be available for Saturday's game against Michigan.

Deal initially injured his ankle against Georgia State two weekends ago. He did not play in Saturday's convincing win over Michigan State. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder has rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries this season. Even with a healthy return, there is no fantasy intrigue here.
Sep 29 - 1:49 PM

Minnesota freshman DE Tai'yon Devers has been ruled out for Saturday's game with Penn State due to a left ankle injury.

Devers sustained the injury in Saturday's win over Colorado State. In two games this season, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder had recorded a trio of sacks and a healthy three forced fumbles.
Sep 29 - 1:33 PM

Ohio State DC Greg Schiano has been issued a citation for failure to obey a traffic-control device in relation to his hitting a bicyclist with his car last week.

This is a minor misdemeanor charge. According to Columbus Police Sgt. Brooke Wilson, Schiano struck the bicyclist after running a red light around 6:30 a.m. last Thursday morning. The 26-year-old man who took Schiano's careless blow was subsequently hospitalized, treated and released. The defensive coordinator is scheduled for arraignment on October 5, but faces a mere fine of $55, here. Plus, $97 in court costs.
Sep 29 - 1:18 PM

Duke redshirt senior RB Jela Duncan (ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Virginia.

No word as to the severity of Duncan's ankle injury, but he sustained it during Saturday's upset of Notre Dame. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound redshirt senior has received 56 carries through four games, spinning those into 314 yards rushing (5.6 YPC) and four touchdowns. With Duncan sidelined, junior back Shaun Wilson figures to receive the bulk of carries against Virginia on Saturday.
Sep 29 - 1:04 PM



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