Late last month, and as expected, Justin Blackmon said that leaving Oklahoma State a year early for the NFL draft this coming April “will probably happen“.
As if he needed to, the wide receiver reiterated Wednesday night that the Fiesta Bowl showdown with Stanford will be his last game on a collegiate field.
“I’m pretty sure that it will be (my last game),” Blackmon told Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com.
“I think it’s just time. It’s that time to go. I came back last year to win a Big 12 championship, set us up for a BCS bowl and I think we did that.”
The move will come as a shock to no one who pays any attention to the college game, including his head coach. Mike Gundy said in late October “I can’t imagine that he would be back again. … If it were my son and he were a top-five pick, I would encourage him to move on.”
Blackmon is currently second nationally in receptions (113), tied for third in receiving touchdowns (15) and seventh in receiving yards (1,336). The junior is widely viewed as a lock to be a top-ten pick four months from now.
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.