Curt Phillips

Lingering knee issue to sideline Badger QB for all of ’11

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Earlier in the week, head coach Bret Bielema didn’t sound too concerned that quarterback Curt Phillips was set to undergo another surgical procedure on a knee that’s seen the ACL torn twice in just over a year.

It shouldn’t be anything major, hopefully,” Bielema said Thursday. “Kind of just deal with the cards after they are there. If it’s something they can take care of and clean up, hopefully, he’ll be back full-time in June.”

Unfortunately for Bielema and Phillips, that will not be the case.

On the same day as their spring finale, Bielema announced that Phillips will miss the entire 2011 season after it was determined it would be necessary to have a third surgery performed on the same knee in 13 months.  Bielema would not say whether the ACL was torn again, but Phillips’ spring ended a week ago after the knee swelled up yet again.

“After the procedure yesterday, basically his knee didn’t heal the way we had projected,” Bielema said. “He is going to have to go in for another procedure.”

Phillips first tore the ACL in his right knee on March 22 of last year; at the time, he was the No. 2 QB behind starter Scott Tolzien.  Eight months later, the same knee suffered the same fate.

Redshirt sophomore Jon Budmayr, the heir apparent to Tolzien, lamented the tough injury his teammate and friend has faced of late.

“It is devastating,” said Budmayr. “Not only is he such a great player on our team but he is a really close friend.

“You hate to see a guy go through that once, much less twice. And now he is going through it for the third time.”

As it stands right now, Budmayr and redshirt freshman Joe Brennan are the only two healthy scholarship QBs currently on the roster.  The Badgers will also have freshman Joel Stave and walk-on Nate Tice available for summer camp.

As far as Phillips’ football future is concerned, he could apply for another season of eligibility from the NCAA.  If that’s denied, 2012 would be the redshirt junior’s final year of eligibility.  Provided, of course, he can stay healthy.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

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.

Gophers down eight starters for game vs. Boilermakers

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 03: at Ryan Field on October 3, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Minnesota 27-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It would be an understatement of significant proportions to say that the Minnesota football team is banged up.

How banged up?  On his radio show Thursday, head coach Jerry Kill, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported, revealed his team will be down a whopping eight starters for Saturday’s game against Purdue.

Kill’s revelation comes one day after he confirmed a total of 20 players donned non-contact jerseys in practice earlier in the day.

The coach didn’t specifically identify which starters would be sidelined, with the Pioneer Press writing “[t]he known injuries to starters include safety Damarius Travis (hamstring), cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee), tight end Lincoln Plsek (back) and tackle Ben Lauer (knee/hand).”

One injured starter who will play, Kill confirmed, is quarterback Mitch Leidner. While not detailing any specific injury, Kill said Wednesday that Leidner “hasn’t been healthy. He’s been beat up.”

Overall, though, the Gophers’ health, or lack thereof, is bordering on historic.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my 32 years in coaching,” Kill said yesterday. “The toughest thing for me right now is all of these kids that work so hard, and when they get hurt, it kills me. … We are running out of people.”

Coming off an 8-5 season last year, the Gophers are struggling. While they stand at 3-2 after five games, the three wins came by a total of nine points over the likes of Colorado State, Kent State and Ohio. Their second loss — the first was by six to TCU in the opener — was a 27-0 shutout at the hands of Northwestern in the Big Ten opener last weekend.