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Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty was diagnosed with two cracks in the transverse processes of his back and is considered day-to-day.

Petty wasn't his usual sharp self on Sunday night against SMU before getting yanked at halftime in a blowout, completing 13-of-23 throws for 161 yards (he also rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown). The star signal-caller missed open receivers downfield and was seen grimacing. "When you’re throwing and I can’t torque [it's frustrating]," Petty said. FOXSports' Bruce Feldman reported that Petty’s injury heals on its own, so Petty's availability will ultimately come down to how well he can tolerate the pain. It's possible the Bears could scale back on read options and deep drops in the next few weeks to protect their Heisman candidate; Baylor has one of the conference's best offensive lines. Petty says he'll play on Saturday against Northwestern State. The Bears get Buffalo on Friday, Sept. 12, and then are off until traveling to Iowa State on Sept. 27. It's one of the softest September schedules of any Big 5 squad.
Sep 1 - 11:49 PM

In an outstanding debut as starter, Louisville redshirt sophomore Will Gardner completed 20-of-28 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Monday's 31-13 victory.

Gardner completed 8-of-12 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns last season as Teddy Bridgewater's backup. With Teddy off to the Vikings via the first round, Gardner was handed the keys to Bobby Petrino's offense, and he left tire marks on the backs of Hurricanes' defensive backs this evening, even without stud WR DeVante Parker and steady veteran RB Michael Dyer, both of whom were ruled out with injuries. Gardner, whose namesake on The Good Wife is played by Josh Charles, of Sports Night and Dead Poets Society fame, has prototypical size at 6-foot-5 and 226 pounds. NFL scouts hadn't paid him much attention before tonight, but that's about to change.
Sep 1 - 11:35 PM

Miami redshirt senior TE Clive Walford caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in Monday's blowout loss to Louisville.

The Hurricanes have some dangerous weapons on the outside, and the 6-foot-4, 258-pound Walford functions as an outstanding safety blanket in the middle of the field. The question, now, is how will Al Golden and his staff get them the ball? Brad Kaaya didn't look confident in his collegiate debut, and Miami's offensive line made sure he didn't get a ton of time to throw downfield. If that continues, Walford could be in line for a big season as a check-down benefactor. Walford contemplated jumping to the NFL over the winter after catching 34 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns as a junior, but elected to return for his fifth season on campus.
Sep 1 - 11:26 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson had 20 carries for 90 yards in Monday night's 31-13 loss to Louisville.

By Johnson's standards, this was a ho-hum game, but he hardly deserves the blame. Hurricanes' freshman QB Brad Kaaya was ineffective, completing just 17-of-29 passes for 174 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, and the offensive line was leaky. Without a passing threat to keep them honest, the Cardinals' defense keyed in on Johnson and asked Miami to beat them left-handed. Kaaya's grasp on the job probably isn't tight, with the seat under Al Golden starting to warm. Regardless of who Miami trots out behind center, we expect Johnson to have some monster games this fall. He has broken 100 rushing yards seven times in 21 career appearances.
Sep 1 - 11:24 PM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette was held to 18 yards on eight carries in Saturday's 28-24 victory over Wisconsin.

The Badgers neutralized LSU's running back trio of Kenny Hilliard, Terrance Magee and Fournette (the Tigers rushed 47 times for 130 yards, a 2.8 average), but still couldn't pull out the win in the end. The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette was the No. 1 recruit in the country and one of the most hyped players in the country coming into the season. Expectations should now be reigned in -- the Tigers will give him time to acclimate to the college game before converting him into a featured back role.
Sep 1 - 9:39 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior edge rusher Randy Gregory will miss this weekend's game against McNeese State after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Sunday.

Gregory suffered the injury in Saturday's 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic. "An old injury," coach Bo Pelini said, "something that flared up on him, and they went in and fixed it." Pelini considers Gregory probable for Nebraska's game on Sept. 13 at Fresno State. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory collected 10.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss as a first-year starter last year.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 9:25 PM

Florida State senior WR Rashad Greene hauled in 11 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 37-31 victory over Oklahoma State.

The Seminoles needed a playmaker to step up in the nailbiting win, and Greene did so emphatically. Jameis Winston's only touchdown pass was a 50-yard strike to Greene, and the signal-caller, having an uncharacteristically shaky game, looked to Greene early and often (Greene was targeted 20 times, a career high). Greene was named to the All-ACC team in 2013 after finishing with 76 receptions, the third straight season he's led the Seminoles in catches. He averaged eight targets and 81 receiving yards last season. Greene is fourth in school history with 171 catches. He is a potential Round 1 pick.
Sep 1 - 9:12 PM

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III had a hip flexor injury that limited him in the second half of Saturday's loss to LSU.

Gordon was the best player on the field early, rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown on his first 13 attempts. He mysteriously vanished in the second half, however, getting only three carries in the final 29 minutes of the 28-24 loss (Wisconsin led 24-7 at one point). Anderson said after the game that Gordon wasn't hurt, but the running back said on Monday that he injured himself on a second quarter run. "I should have let them know, let Coach A know and stepped up and told them, 'Look. I need to be in there,'" Gordon said. "I put that on myself." Gordon doesn't think the injury is serious. "It was very obvious he pulled up," Andersen said. "We were trying to be smart with him."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 8:57 PM

NFL scouts have stamped Auburn redshirt senior DT Jeff Whitaker with a poor preseason grade, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Whitaker sat on the sidelines last season with [a knee] injury, the primary reason scouts have stamped him with a poor grade," Pauline wrote. "But go back to his junior film of 2012 and Whitaker displayed tremendous next level potential. He’s a strong, wide bodied lineman with a large degree of upside." Pauline grades Whitaker as a Round 6 prospect.
Sep 1 - 8:40 PM

FSU sophomore WR Jesus "Bobo" Wilson has been reinstated from suspension.

Wilson had been suspended due to the theft of a scooter over the summer. He told police he lifted the bike after seeing its keys in the ignition; he later crashed. Wilson pleaded down to two misdemeanors in July. The 5-foot-9, 177-pounder practiced and traveled with the team while he was suspended.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 8:26 PM

Texas A&M sophomore QB Kenny Hill showed "remarkable poise and accuracy on a variety of pro-style routes" in Thursday's win over South Carolina, observed CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Hill looked "like future All-American candidate" in completing 44-of-60 attempts for a school-record 511 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-28 win, wrote the analyst. The sophomore spread the ball around to 12 different receivers in the contest. Hill, a dual-threat former four-star recruit, beat out much-hyped five-star early-enrollee freshman Kyle Allen for the starting QB gig. He won't be giving it back.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 1 - 8:13 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline "loves" Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall's running ability and projects him as an NFL running back.

He projects Marshall as a Round 6 prospect. "Marshall was the catalyst on offense for Auburn’s title contention last year and while he lacks the passing skills to play under center at the next level, I love his ball carrying skills," Pauline wrote. "Marshall runs with vision, instinct and shows the ability to elude defenders and create yardage. He offers solid size and plays with good speed which, in my opinion, adds up to a third running back at the next level." Marshall collected 1,976 passing yards, 1,068 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns last year.
Sep 1 - 8:00 PM

Washington sophomore QB Cyler Miles has been reinstated from suspension and will start against Eastern Washington this weekend.

Huskies' coach Chris Petersen announced the news Monday. Miles was allegedly involved in a pair of assaults over the winter and was suspended for the opener. Jeff Lindquist had a chance to run away with the job, but completed just 10-of-26 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in a 17-16 squeaker over Hawaii. "He's done everything right, without question, or he wouldn't be with us," Petersen said of Miles at Pac-12 Media Days. "Guys make mistakes, we all know that, certainly in that age group. We always say that the age group we're dealing with, for the most part, is the dumbest age group in America."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 7:46 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota completed 14-of-20 passes for 267 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in Saturday's 62-13 romp over South Dakota.

Mariota added 43 rushing yards and a touchdown on six attempts (7.2 average). The 6-foot-4, 219-pounder had a glorified bye week to kick off the season, but now the serious work begins: The Ducks host Michigan State and its vaunted defense this weekend. Along with Stanford and UCLA, it will be one of the three most important games of the season for Mariota's evaluation. Mariota is Rob Rang's No. 1 overall prospect, and went No. 1 in Dane Brugler's recent mock draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him No. 2, behind Jameis Winston.
Sep 1 - 7:25 PM

Auburn senior TE C.J. Uzomah's combination of pass catching ability and blocking should garner him consideration to get drafted in the spring, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Auburn really doesn’t use the tight end much but when his number is called C.J. Uzomah answers the call," Pauline wrote. "He offers great size, adequate speed and enough pass catching and blocking skill to at least get late round consideration in 2015." Uzomah entered his senior campaign having caught only 18 career passes, but CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that the former wide receiver provides "precisely the type of matchup problem the NFL is looking for."
Sep 1 - 7:11 PM



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