Unfortunately for both the player and the program, the rumors swirling last night around the extent of the injury suffered by Henry Josey in Missouri’s win Saturday have turned into an official reality.
In a release, Missouri confirmed that the running back tore the patellar tendon in his left knee as well as sustaining tears to his ACL and MCL. Josey underwent the first of what could be multiple surgeries Sunday morning to repair the extensive damage, which occurred in the third quarter of the win over Texas.
While Mizzou’s team doctors are confident he will make a full recovery “in the end”, the timeline for his return is unknown at this point.
As an astute reader pointed out, the injury to Josey is similar to the one suffered by Willis McGahee. The Miami Hurricanes running back tore his ACL, MCL and PCL in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State, and, despite being selected in that year’s draft, didn’t make his NFL debut until the 2004 season. Obviously, tearing the patellar tendon is a significant element that McGahee didn’t have to overcome in his extensive rehabilitation that Joesy will.
Using McGahee’s return to the field as a very rudimentary and unscientific baseline, it would appear Josey’s availability for all or even part of the 2012 season is very much in doubt, at least at this point in time.
Josey came into the game yesterday fifth in the country in rushing, averaging 127.7 yards per game, while his 8.6 yards per attempt were good for second behind Houston’sCharles Sims (8.8). Prior to the injury, the back had been held to 19 yards on 11 carries by the Longhorns.
Josey actually began the season as the Tigers’ No. 3 RB, totaling just 15 carries in the first two games. Inserted into the starting lineup in Game 3, however, Josey proceeded to rush for at least 132 yards in six of his seven starts before suffering the devastating injury in his eighth start of the year.
When word first broke of NCAA violations against Ole Miss, word from the Rebels’ football program was one of caution, for it was uncertain how many were targeted against football versus women’s basketball and track and field.
It appears we now know.
On Tuesday evening, the Associated Press reported the NCAA levied 13 allegations out of a possible 28 against the Ole Miss football team, nine of which occurred under the watch of head coach Hugh Freeze. However, it appears the most serious violations were either already know or took place during the Houston Nutt regime.
Included in the allegations are Laremy Tunsil‘s improper benefits, for which the left tackle already sat seven games. Also included are accusations former Nutt assistant David Saunders participated in a scheme to produce fraudulent test scores for recruits — the same allegations currently levied against Louisiana-Lafayette.
The remaining allegations, as detailed by the AP, include run-of-the-mill violations such as having the wrong people provide transportation on recruiting visits or assistant coaches making improper contact with recruits, many of which Ole Miss has already self-reported.
ESPN recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton provided a massive public service through his Twitter account on Tuesday, releasing a data dump of fascinating information about the signing class of 2016.
In short, Texas was the most popular breeding ground for FBS prospects, but half of all signees came from a clean sweep from Texas, across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida and up to North Carolina.
The Lone Star State produced 359 players, with nearly half of those heading to Power 5 institutions. In fact, Hamilton reports, 72 of 128 FBS programs and 38 of 64 Power 5’s signed at least one player from Texas.
Florida trailed with 327 players, followed by California with 248 players and Georgia with 225. For what it’s worth, Ohio was not included in the study.
Data dump, begin!
The American Athletic Conference released its 2016 conference schedule highlighted by, oddly enough, non-conference games that pit league gem Houston against Oklahoma (on opening day at Houston’s NRG Stadium) and Louisville (in Houston on Nov. 19).
Those two games, more than any others, will sink or swim the conference’s chances of not only grabbing the Group of Five spot in the New Year’s Six, but a spot in the College Football Playoff itself.
The 2016 conference slate kicks off with Navy meeting Connecticut on Sept. 10 and concludes with the second annual AAC title game on Dec. 3 at a to-be-determined campus site.
The AAC led the way in scheduling Power 5 opponents — highlighted by a Week 3 schedule that will see the entire East Division punching up a weight class — and includes the likes of Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia, Syracuse, Kansas, TCU and Oklahoma (for all intents and purposes) visiting AAC campuses.
View the full AAC slate here:
Just like we all thought when watching him play at Notre Dame, Tommy Rees will be in the NFL in 2016. Just not as a quarterback.
The San Diego Chargers announced his hiring as an obnoxiously vague offensive assistant, assisting with the club’s offense in some form that they aren’t inclined to elaborate on.
After completing a career in which he threw for 7,670 yards with 61 touchdowns against 37 interceptions from 2010-13, Rees was cut by the Washington Redskins in 2014, then spent the 2014-15 seasons as a graduate assistant at Northwestern.