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.
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.
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.
Penn State HC James Franklin received a vote of confidence from AD Sandy Barbour on Wednesday.
"He's not on the hot seat, and he's not going to be on the hot seat in December. James is going to be our football coach," said Barbour. While this hasn't been an out-and-out disaster of a season for Franklin and the 2-2 Nittany Lions, his team was flattened 49-10 by Michigan on Saturday. A Happy Valley showdown with Minnesota shows next on their schedule. "I believe in where this football program is going under James Franklin," Barbour said, "and I think he's going to be our football coach, period."
Alabama senior edge rusher Tim Williams was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of carrying a pistol without a permit.
Per AL.com's Matt Zenitz, Williams was arrested around 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning after officers noticed the smell of marijuana emanating from his vehicle. A passenger in the vehicle claimed that the drug was not Williams'. Upon searching the car, an unlicensed pistol was found under the 6-foot-4, 237-pound senior's seat. If all of this sounds vaguely familiar, that is probably because star tackle Cam Robinson found himself in a similar situation in May. It is not yet known whether Williams will be allowed to play against Kentucky this weekend, but a suspension is likely, here.
Syracuse HC Dino Babers declined to provide an update regarding the health of sophomore QB Eric Dungey (undisclosed) on Wednesday.
"We're not going to talk about injuries," said Babers. It is unclear at this juncture how Dungey injured himself, the extent of the injury and when he might be able to return to action. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound sophomore has racked up 1,367 yards passing and holds a 9/3 TD/INT ratio through four games. The Orange will square off with Notre Dame on Saturday. Zack Mahoney would likely start in Dungey's place if he can't play against the Irish.
Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz says redshirt junior RB Derrick Mitchell (leg) has returned to practice.
Mitchell missed the past two games with the injury. Interestingly, Ferentz also said that he'll continue to have Mitchell, a converted receiver, function as a running back despite No. 1 WR Matt VandeBerg’s significant injury, a broken bone in his right foot.
Kentucky sophomore WR Dorian Baker (hamstring) is considered day-to-day for Saturday's game against Alabama.
We could basically just re-publish the same blurb every week until there's an actual update. Baker's troublesome hammy has kept him off the field the entire season, but the injury has never really been considered serious enough to move him out of day-to-day territory. Baker has practiced -- but in limited capacity -- this week.