Oregon State freshman RB Artavis Pierce (shoulder) indicated that he plans on playing against Washington State on Saturday.
Pierce is claiming to be 100%, but the team has yet to list him as all-systems clear for Saturday's date with Washington State. A shoulder injury forced him to miss this past Saturday's loss to Washington. In six healthy contests, the 5-foot-11, 201-pound true frosh has rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns. With Ryan Nall (leg) uncertain for this weekend, the rushing load could well fall on Pierce and Tim Cook. That is assuming that Pierce is, indeed, fully recovered from his shoulder issue.
Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Dawkins (concussion) will be available for Saturday's game against Stanford.
Dawkins tweeted last week that he had been medically cleared of the concussion sustained versus Utah on October 8. He did not play against USC in Week 7, but had last week off on bye and that looks to have been enough for him to fully recover from the head injury. With Anu Solomon (knee) also expected to be available this Saturday, Arizona's quarterbacking situation is now in its healthiest state since the season-opener. Just who will draw the start against Stanford remains to be seen. Both quarterbacks could potentially earn snaps in that one.
Uncommitted four-star 2017 LB Nathan Proctor has scheduled official visits to Cal, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Ole Miss and Pittsburgh.
Only one of these officials is probable to come during the regular season. Proctor is tentatively scheduled to head out west to Cal when they host Washington on November 5. The 6-foot-3, 217-pounder's other four visits are likely to take place in December and January. Rivals ranks Proctor as the No. 250 overall prospect for 2017, while Scout.com's Brian Dohn notes that he possesses "very good explosion and gets around the edge quickly by dipping his shoulder and using leverage." Dohn would like to see Proctor develop on a more technical level once he lands at the collegiate level.
Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon (knee) will be available for Saturday's game against Stanford.
Solomon has not seen the field since the first week of the field. He was finally able to return to practice last week, though, and HC Rich Rodriguez indicated that the 6-foot-2, 205-pound gunslinger would be available come Saturday. The same can be said for Brandon Dawkins (concussion), though, so this remains a fluid situation. Both quarterbacks could potentially see action against the Cardinal. We would steer clear of this entire situation for fantasy purposes, at least in the short term.
Stanford junior CB Alijah Holder (shoulder) will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.
"We just can't get it right," said HC David Shaw of, well, everything. Holder played against Colorado on Saturday after sitting out three contests to nurse a shoulder injury, but he was only able to play one half of that game before being lifted from action due to lingering concern over his injury. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound junior finishes the 2016 campaign having registered 10 tackles (1.0 for loss) and a forced fumble over the course of four games played.
NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen to Ndamukong Suh.
Actually, Jeremiah offered a slight endorsement of at least one area where Allen might have Suh beat, writing on Twitter that the 6-foot-3, 291-pound beast of a lineman "looks like a quicker Suh on tape," going on to call him a "one-man wrecking machine." Through eight games played, Allen has registered 35 tackles (6.5 for loss) and six sacks. He also scored a touchdown via a scoop/score fumble recovery in the third quarter of Saturday's win over Texas A&M.
Oregon HC Mark Helfrich would not reveal what system of signals he would use against Arizona State on Saturday.
A week ago, Washington State HC Mike Leach criticized ASU for what he alleges to be their tactic of stealing signs. "That is a very unsavory practice they have, so we'll have to do what we can to defend against it," he said. Leach was subsequently fined by the Pac-12 and reprimanded. He received another reprimand (of sorts) when Arizona State HC Todd Graham called him a "chicken####" following Saturday's showdown between the two squads. And now Helfrich is getting in on the probably-needlessly-paranoid act. When asked whether he would repeat last season's showing of bringing large white sheets to obscure his signals, Helfrich said, "We'll hopefully have something as effective this year." Oregon is on a five-game losing streak, while Arizona State has lost two of their last three games, so this is a little like a passenger on the Titanic shielding his gold candelabra from another, equally doomed passenger. The ship will sink at 5:00 EST, Saturday.
Oregon State redshirt sophomore RB Ryan Nall (leg) is no longer in need of a walking boot.
While Nall has been extricated from boot purgatory, multiple reports have him absent from the media's open-practice window on Tuesday. Wrecking Nall was last seen wrecking things against Cal in Week 6, when he rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns. He also injured his leg in that game, though, and has not played in either of Oregon State's subsequent games against Washington and Utah. The Beavers host Washington State on Saturday. Expect further clarification as to Nall's playing status for that one in the coming days.