If you listen to expert talking heads or read the preseason preview magazines, it appears that a turnaround of Florida State’s fortunes in 2010 will largely be predicated on their Christian Ponder-led offense.
Based off of one scrimmage, head coach Jimbo Fisher might beg to differ with that assessment.
While giving modest credit to his defense, Fisher — FSU’s offensive coordinator the past three years under Bobby Bowden — let it be known that he was not at all pleased with his offense and their five turnovers.
“The defense played pretty good,” Fisher said in quotes distributed by the team. “The offense was very erratic and sloppy. We’re a long ways from where we want to be, but we’ll get better. The defense did a lot of great things, but a lot of it didn’t have to do with them. The plays were there and we made them, but we dropped the ball or did something stupid.”
Heisman Trophy candidate Christian Ponder was even more succinct than his coach, with the quarterback saying that his unit had better right the offensive ship or else the Seminoles are in for a long season.
“If we play like this we’re going to lose a lot of games and that’s the truth,” Ponder said. “We can’t play like this. We have to fix a lot of things and guys have to step up. It starts with me.”
With 22 days to go before the season opener against Samford, there’s little cause for anyone in Tallahassee to sound an alarm. Still, it’s something to keep an eye on as you know Fisher will be doing just that.
D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.
Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program. A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.
The unnamed, however, now has a name.
According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”
Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.
No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.
“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”
If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.
On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa. The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.
Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.
Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team. He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.
With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.