After a tumultuous week that included the dismissal of their starting quarterback for the past two-and-half years, South Carolina’s finally on the receiving end of some good news.
Star defensive end Melvin Ingram suffered a foot injury two weeks ago in a loss to Auburn and played sparingly in a win over Kentucky this past Saturday. Following practice Thursday, it appears the defensive line is 100-percent healthy and ready for the Gamecocks’ SEC road test against Mississippi State.
“He should be ready to roll,” assistant head coach (defense) Ellis Johnson said after watching Ingram wrap up a full week’s worth of fully participating in practice.
Ingram is currently first in the SEC and tied for seventh in the country with 5.5 sacks.
In other Gamecocks injury news on the defensive side of the ball, starting cornerback Marty Markett continues to recover from a concussion. Johnson said he was unsure whether Markett will start this weekend.
“I wish he would have had more days of practice, but physically he’s fine,” the coach said.
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.
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.”