Starting Vols safety likely suspended

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In his first ten-plus months in Knoxville, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of subjects Lane Kiffin won’t flap his gums about.  Especially if it involves his Gainesville BFF.  Or SEC officials.

However, there’s one thing that is verboten as far as the Tennessee coach is concerned — speaking publicly about suspended players.

That zip-lipped approach was in full force this afternoon as Kiffin refused to address the status of Janzen Jackson.  The freshman and reigning SEC frosh of the week has started the last seven games, but was, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, watching practice from a distance this afternoon with no apparent injury.

Further buttressing the fact that Jackson may be a healthy scratch, Prentiss Waggner and Darren Myles Jr. were splitting the previous starter’s reps with the first-team defense.

Still, in face of all the empirical evidence, Kiffin wasn’t biting when pressed on any kind of suspension issue surrounding the frosh.

I don’t talk about guys being suspended during the week,” Kiffin said. “So just like if it’s happened before and it’s happened again, I’ll address it after the game.”

In other words, we’ll find out on Sunday or Monday that Jackson was held out of the game for violating unnamed team rules.

See, that wasn’t so hard, was it?

Dalvin Cook remains day-to-day for FSU vs. Miami

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One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.

During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest.  The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.

We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.

“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.

Ryan Simmons, one of Okla. St.’s ‘unquestioned leaders,’ out for rest of 2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Ryan Simmons #52 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys brings down Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.

On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.

Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.

Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.

On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”