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.
Alabama redshirt freshman QB Blake Barnett will transfer.
The human experience can change drastically in one month's time. Just ask Barnett. At the beginning of September, he was the starting quarterback for the defending national champs. Today, not four weeks later, he seeks a new home. The former five-star recruit lost his gig to electrifying freshman Jalen Hurts and was looking at mopup duty until graduation unless he left. So he, you know, left. And with that, redshirt junior Cooper Bateman is now the Tide's backup quarterback.
Florida HC Jim McElwain announces that junior WR Brandon Powell is eligible to play the entirety of Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.
Funny story, guys. Referees mistakenly ejected Powell from Saturday's game versus the Vols when a Tennessee player flopped to the ground and the stripes thought a Powell punch was the reason why. Powell, in fact, was acquitted as innocent by the video, which means he won't be deprived the opening half against the Commodores. Early on, Powell has 15 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher intends to be the coach of the Seminoles "for a long time."
If Fisher wanted to talk to LSU about its vacancy following the firing of Les Miles, he'd jump right to the top of the Tigers' list of candidates. At least for now, Fisher is dismissing the possibility. "I love this university," Fisher said Wednesday, "and I plan on being here for a long time. I love Florida State, and that's all I'm saying. Anything else is clutter and does not concern me and is not involving me." Fisher, who said he hasn't spoken to LSU about its vacancy, was an assistant coach under Nick Saban and Miles at LSU from 2000-2006.
Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey named redshirt senior QB Anthony Maddie starting quarterback.
The Huskies are taking on water quickly. Maddie isn't likely to turn things around -- NIU must go 6-2 down the stretch to go bowling -- but Ryan Graham wasn't exactly getting the job done. Maddie, a dual-threat quarterback, missed last season due to injury.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Notre Dame redshirt junior RB Tarean Folston's NFL stock has crashed within the industry this month.
Across the past two games, Folston, coming off a lost season due to a knee injury, has only nine for 31 yards. "Scouts stamped Folston as a top three senior running back prospect entering the season and graded him as a potential top 45 choice despite the fact he missed most of 2015 with a torn ACL," Pauline wrote. "His return has been a struggle and Folston has been relegated to rotational duty rather than being the feature ball handler at Notre Dame."
An AFC executive says he's "a little disappointed" in Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson's throwing.
"I know it's early, but I'm a little disappointed in (Deshaun) Watson's throwing," the exec said. "He's missed the mark a bit because he's guiding and aiming the ball instead of letting it rip." Though Watson was shockingly ineffective in the first two weeks of the season against Auburn and Troy, he's looked to have mostly returned to form against South Carolina State and Georgia Tech the last two times out. If Watson lights up the ACC, scouts will forgive the slow start.