It appears as though Florida’s not the only school that could be facing some health-related quarterback issues as they attempt to rebound from a double-digit loss.
Much like John Brantley, Utah’s Jordan Wynn was injured late in the first half, although he was dinged a little further north than the Gators QB. It remains unclear when exactly Wynn suffered an injury to his left shoulder during the Utes’ 31-14 loss to Washington, but, whenever it took place, its severity made head coach Kyle Whittingham decidedly pessimistic when it came to his vague prognosis.
“There’s a chance maybe that Jordan will be able to play, I don’t know. I don’t want to jump the gun. But right now it doesn’t look good,” Whittingham said.
Whittingham did intimate that Wynn “could be on the shelf for a while.” What “a while” means specifically will likely be known at some point later today or Monday.
Wynn underwent surgery late last year on his right (throwing) shoulder, and missed spring practice as his rehab continued into the summer. This latest injury is not related to that situation.
Wynn was replaced by Div. II transfer Jon Hayes, who threw for 156 yards but was also responsible for two turnovers — one interception, on fumble — in his two quarters of work.
“He got put in a tough spot, in a situation where he was playing against a pretty good defense,” Whittingham. “Other than the turnovers I thought he made some pretty good throws.”
In the minds of some in the media and even more in the fan base, Ohio State in general and Cardale Jones specifically have been underwhelming through the first five games of the 2015 season.
Jones, in particular, has been a rather large target of much of the angst. Coming off a Cinderella-like three-game postseason run that helped OSU to a national championship, the perception is that Jones has been underwhelming and underperforming; even head coach Urban Meyer appeared to be leaning in that direction as he considered making the switch to J.T. Barrett prior to the Western Michigan win before reaffirming his commitment to the redshirt junior.
Is that perception valid? Statistically, he’s not that far off from where he was in the 2014 postseason, at least in a couple of categories.
He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes this season compared to 59.4 percent in the games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon. It was 9.9 yards per attempt in that three-game stretch last season, 8.2 in five games this season. When it comes to scoring and turning the ball over, however, that’s another matter entirely.
He threw a touchdown pass every 15 pass attempts in the 2014 postseason; this season, it’s one every 21 attempts. Even more glaring, he’s currently throwing an interception every 21 attempts as well. During the run that made him a household name, it was one pick every 37.5 throws.
So, fewer touchdowns plus more turnovers equals validation of the angst, right? Not so fast, at least as far as the college arm of Pro Football Focus goes.
A very serious allegation has triggered the latest resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.
UCLA confirmed in a statement that Adam Searl (pictured, No. 39) has been indefinitely suspended from the football program. The move comes nearly a day after the punter was arrested on three counts of rape.
He was released a handful of hours after his arrest on a $300,000 bond.
“We have been informed of the situation involving Adam Searl, and we take these accusations very seriously,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “Adam has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process runs its course. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to discuss this matter further at this time.”
The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in the middle of last October, and is the result what the Los Angeles Police Department described as “an exhaustive investigation.” As for what led to the charges, here’s the Los Angeles Daily News‘ account of the alleged incident:
The victim, a student at UCLA, reported the alleged assault to the LAPD on Oct. 14, 2014. She told police that she had met the suspect outside of an off-campus house party in Westwood. They went to another residence, where she fell asleep and awoke to find him assaulting her. She was able to identify Searl following the police investigation.
Searl punted 11 times as a redshirt freshman last season. He had punted five times this season as the backup to Matt Mengel.