Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty (back) believes he'll start against Northwestern State on Saturday.
Petty was diagnosed with two cracks in the transverse processes of his back after Sunday's win against SMU. "That’s my goal towards the rest of the week," Petty said. "You can’t do anything worse to it, so if it’s bearable, I’ll do it." Petty completed 13-of-23 throws for 161 yards (he also rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown) versus the Mustangs before leaving the game at halftime. The injury isn't yet healed, but Petty says he won't aggravate it by playing. "It’s like a pinkie," Petty said. "You can’t do much except just brace it up and wait for it to heal. Football is football, you have pain. Might as well get rewarded for it. I’ve watched for too long, put on the headset too many times for me to sit if I can be out there." Baylor coach Art Briles said backup Seth Russell is ready to start if Petty can't go.
Ole Miss senior QB Bo Wallace's play "mortified" TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline in 2013.
As you may have guessed, the expert grades Wallace as an undrafted free agent. "Mortified is the best way to describe how I felt after watching Bo Wallace last season," Pauline wrote. "Off the 2012 film Wallace showed the makings of potential middle round prospect but his game fell off the cliff last year." Wallace entered his senior season ranked second in Ole Miss history in total offense with 7,085 yards and second in passing with 6,340 yards. He completed 25-of-36 attempts for 387 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in Thursday's 35-13 win versus Boise State. All three picks occurred in the first half. He doesn't look like an NFL prospect at the moment, but that could change.
Bowling Green suspended sophomore RB Williams Houston for two seasons.
Houston was charged with attempted rape in July and indicted in August in Wood County Common Pleas Court. A university investigation found Houston responsible for "sexual contact without permission." The female victim called police in July when a man "tried to force himself on her." The 19-year-old was arrested in an on-campus residence hall. Houston led the team with 11 rushing touchdowns and rushed for 211 yards as a true freshman last season. It's likely his football career is over.
Texas A&M sophomore QB Kenny Hill wants to be known as "Kenny Trill."
After Hill completed 44-of-60 attempts for a school-record 511 yards and three touchdowns in Thursday's shocking 52-28 upset win over South Carolina, many, including Johnny Manziel himself, began referring to the Aggies' new signal-caller as "Kenny Football." For those not familiar with the etymology of Trill, it's a word from rap culture that is a hybrid of true and real. Texas rapper Bun B calls himself Bun B Trill OG. In other Kenny-Hill-has-already-become-a-huge-star-after-just-one-game-news: Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin told the sophomore he can't take pictures with fans because "Johnny got in so much trouble over pictures."
USC junior DL Leonard Williams is nursing a high-ankle sprain that "will probably make him less than 100 percent against Stanford," reports Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Williams rolled an ankle during Tuesday's practice. He was checked out by the team's trainers and given an ankle brace for his left foot. Williams did not return to the practice field. While the injury isn't expected to force him out of game action, it's a little disconcerting nonetheless. Williams, after all, played with a torn labrum last season and comes with durability concerns. He's so monstrously talented, however, that he made 74 tackles last season as a 290-pounder playing at, in his own estimation, 65 percent strength/health. We'll be curious to see how much mobility he retains in Saturday afternoon's monster matchup against the Cardinal.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says that many have called LSU senior LT La'El Collins a first-round pick, and some have called him the best senior OT, but he disagrees.
"I gave Collins high grades off his 2012 campaign when he lined up at guard but saw little improvement last year after he moved to left tackle," Pauline wrote. "In fact at times his play seemed to regress. He’s athletic, quick and easily moves his 320lb-plus frame around the field. That being the case Collins is also a narrow based blocker who lacks balance and constantly flails around the field. I like his upside but feel Collins needs to refine his technique. I’m also not sold he’s a tackle for the next level and feel he’s better suited at guard." Even as a guard, Pauline rates Collins as a Round 2 prospect. We like the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Collins' athleticism and physical tools.
Maryland redshirt freshmen WR Taivon Jacobs suffered a season-ending knee injury on the second drive of the Terps’ win against James Madison on Saturday.
Jacobs, one of three starting Terp receivers, took a redshirt as a true freshman after suffering a torn ACL during his senior year in high school. The Terps' receivers are beginning to look a little like Iowa's snake bitten AIRBHG running back unit. You might recall that Maryland’s top receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, both suffered season-ending injuries in the same mid-October game last year. Third WR Nigel King transferred to Kansas last month.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Arkansas junior WR Keon Hatcher will likely make himself available for the 2015 draft.
Pauline allots Hatcher a Rds. 2-3 preseason grade, higher than we've seen from other analysts. "To say I like the game of receiver Keon Hatcher is an understatement. He’s a well sized receiver who can take over games. Hatcher’s consistent and wins out for contested passes," Pauline wrote. "Though not a burner he is sneaky fast and capable of big plays from the line of scrimmage. From what I’m told I would be very surprised if Hatcher does not make himself available for the 2015 NFL Draft."