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Auburn redshirt freshman RB JaTarvious Whitlow (shoulder) practiced on Wednesday.

Whitlow is considered day-to-day in advance of Auburn's showdown with Ole Miss upcoming. He sustained a left shoulder injury during the third quarter of Saturday's loss to Tennessee. We should have a more definitive idea as to the redshirt freshman's availability versus the Rebs later in the practice week.
Oct 17 - 10:00 PM

LSU redshirt sophomore TE Thaddeus Moss (foot) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

"It's something that he's not completely healed. We want it to heal a lot faster, but it's not healing the way we want it," said LSU HC Ed Orgeron. Moss (6'3/240) has managed to practice at points throughout the early fall, but will end his season never having been healthy enough to appear in a game proper. A foot injury which has lingered since the summer is the culprit, here. The Tigers plan on exploring a potential medical hardship waiver now that Moss' season has been cut short. Foster Moreau will continue to see the bulk of work at tight end through to the end of the season, though the depth behind him has thinned.
Source: 247Sports
Oct 17 - 9:27 PM

Alabama four-star 2019 verbal OT commit Amari Kight is not wavering off his pledge.

That's not to say that the 6-foot-7, 310-pound Kight's recruitment has quieted since he pledged to Alabama in late April. Auburn and LSU continue to circle for the four-star lineman. Still, at this juncture, he seems to be very much of the "Alabama or bust" mindset. On the 247Sports composite board, Kight lands as the No. 46 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Oct 17 - 8:28 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Heather Dinich that findings in the results of the investigation of the Maryland football program are at least a week away.

The investigation is being done by the University System of Maryland, and they're currently looking into accusations of a toxic culture at the university that was at least partially set in motion by the death of former Terrapins tackle Jordan McNair. The board of regents will reportedly be made privy to the investigation on Friday, but the results won't be made public with no media availability. Earlier on Wednesday, it was announced that a group of parents were "fearful" that head coach D.J. Durkin would keep his job despite the various allegations. We should have a better idea of this mess at this point next week, but there are no guarantees.
Source: ESPN
Oct 17 - 7:52 PM

Michigan State senior WR Felton Davis III was named the Reese's Senior Bowl offensive player of the week for his effort in Week 7 against Penn State.

It was a huge game for Davis, picking up eight receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the upset victory; with one of the scores being the go-ahead touchdown with under a minute to go. Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy cites that scouts are "enamored" with Davis's upside because of his size (6'4/203), quickness and elusiveness. "In terms of skill-set, his best asset is his ability to big-on-the-ball, meaning that he understands how use his big strong frame at the point of the catch," writes Nagy. "One term that scouts use to describe this kind of receiver is "QB-friendly" and Davis has been that for Leweirke this season." If Davis III can keep this up, he's going to be one of the first senior wideouts off the board.
Oct 17 - 7:35 PM

Virginia senior S Juan Thornhill was named as the Reese's Senior Bowl Player of the Week after his effort on Saturday against Miami.

Thornhill was a monster in the upset win of the Hurricanes; picking off two passes and making six more tackles in the 16-13 victory. Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy came away impressed with the performance as well, noting his "disciplined zone integrity, good anticipation, and secure hands (an underrated trait for a defensive back)." He also notes that he's a quality defender in the box against the run, something you don't see a lot of from rangy safeties. "NFL teams are very enticed by Thornhill’s skill-set as a safety and would even want to see him rep as an outside cornerback in a Senior Bowl environment," writes Nagy. "If he continues to excel in his high/low safety role and displays adequate cover skills as a cornerback, Thornhill could become a favorite of many teams come draft time."
Oct 17 - 7:24 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban told reporters on Wednesday that sophomore WR Devonta Smith (leg) is questionable for Saturday against Tennessee.

Smith (6'1/173) was not able to practice on Wednesday after being limited in Tuesday's window that was open for media. He checked out of Saturday's game against Missouri with the leg injury in the second quarter and did not return. It sounds like Smith is going to be a game-time decision for the contest against the Volunteers, and considering the opponent, it wouldn't be a shock if he sat.
Oct 17 - 7:10 PM

Alabama offensive analyst Butch Jones will travel with the Crimson Tide for Saturday's game against Tennessee.

An offensive analyst traveling with the team isn't usually news, but it is when that analyst is Jones, and the team he's facing is the club he used to be the head coach for. Jones cannot coach on the field, but he helps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley with the offensive gameplans. Jones was fired from Tennessee after going 4-6 with the Volunteers in 2017.
Source: ESPN
Oct 17 - 7:00 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (knee) as the Heisman favorite through Week 7.

Kyler Murray moves up to the second spot, with Dwayne Haskins and Justin Herbert rounding out the top five. It's no surprise that Tagovailoa is considered the favorite, as he's been flat out dominant in his first season as the starter. The best player on the best team often wins this award, and that's what Tagovailoa. It's his award to lose.
Oct 17 - 6:47 PM

Urban Meyer told reporters on Wednesday that they will consider using redshirt freshman QB Tate Martell in red zone packages.

The Buckeyes' offense has put up big numbers in 2018, but those numbers could be even better if not for some gaffes in the red zone. A quarterback like Martell could help with that, as he adds an element that starter Dwayne Haskins doesn't. Since the former five-star commit has already used a redshirt, there'd be no worries about "burning" the season. This could make an already dynamic offense a little bit -- or maybe a lot -- better.
Oct 17 - 6:34 PM

The Draft Network's Kyle Crabbs lists the 49ers as the team most likely to land Ohio State junior DE Nick Bosa.

Bosa also gives the Buccaneers, Cardinals, Colts and Raiders as teams that have a chance to land the star edge-rusher, who announced he was leaving Ohio State and entering the 2019 draft. The 49ers are a disappointing 1-5 to start the year, and as Crabbs notes, they have a brutal upcoming schedule left. San Francisco won't need to draft a quarterback high with Jimmy Garoppolo coming back from his ACL injury, so if they do get the top pick, Bosa would make an awful lot of sense.
Oct 17 - 6:21 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Stanford senior RB Bryce Love 24th on his updated board for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Love is the top running back on McShay's board, scoring a grade of 86 out of a possible 100. It has not been the dominant season we expected from the senior tailback, but injuries have been an issue, as has a mediocre Cardinal offensive line. "Incredibly productive, Love is an explosive runner with the burst to turn the corner and the speed to pull away when he gets a seam," McShay writes. "He has the foot speed to bounce between gaps and make defenders miss." Love will be one of the players to watch over the second half of the season, to be sure.
Source: ESPN
Oct 17 - 6:01 PM

LSU redshirt senior G Garrett Brumfield (knee) was not at practice on Wednesday.

It's a sign -- albeit not an unexpected one -- that Brumfield (6'3/300) is going to miss Saturday's game against Mississippi State. He was listed as "very" questionable for the game by head coach Ed Orgeron coming into the week, and while he did practice on Monday, it was always a long shot that he'd play against the Bulldogs. Freshman guard Chasen Hines will get the start at guard if/when Brumfield is ruled out.
Oct 17 - 5:50 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn gave redshirt junior QB Jarrett Stidham a vote of confidence going forward.

"Jarrett Stidham will be our starting quarterback," Malzahn told Al.com. "He needs to protect the football better; he understands that, but I do have confidence in him and I think he’ll lead us in the right way moving forward." It's been an extremely disappointing season for the 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback, as he's struggled with accuracy and efficiency while leading the Tigers to just a 4-3 record. Still, Stidham gives Auburn the best chance to win, and it would be an upset if there was another starter at the position as long as he's healthy. At least for now.
Oct 17 - 5:37 PM

The Athletic's Dane Brugler believes that Samford senior WR Kelvin McKnight is a player on the NFL radar.

McKnight doesn't have close to prototypical size at 5-foot-8, 186-pounds, but he's been one of the most productive receivers in the country with a line of 63/880/7, and that's coming off a year where he caught 86 passes for 1,156 yards with 12 scores. He's also the nephew of former FSU star Peter Warrick, so he has the lineage thing going for him.
Oct 17 - 5:24 PM



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