Jon Embree

Pair of Colorado WRs suspended, LB leaves after pellet gun incident


Is it football season yet?

Not yet, meaning offseason shenanigans are still possible for another few weeks, though hopefully the beginning of preseason camp brings with it an unofficial end to such tomfoolery.

Case in point, the suspension of Colorado wide receivers Jeffrey Thomas and DaVaughn Thornton.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, “Boulder police officers were called to respond when two cars containing eight CU football players were pulled over after witnesses thought the Airsoft pellet gun they were pointing at each other was a real gun.” adds “Police said several of the men in the cars became immediately antagonistic with officers as they were ordered out of the vehicles at gunpoint. Officers said Thornton told officers, “Go ahead! Shoot me, mother (expletive),” “I can go wherever the (expletive) I want,” and, “This is Boulder and you have your guns out?”

No arrests were made, but Thomas and Thorton will miss the Buffs’ first two games against Colorado State and Sacramento State. Additionally, linebacker Jermane Clark is leaving the program due to a combination of family issues and his involvement in incident Saturday.

“It was three guys making poor decisions,” coach John Embree said Tuesday. “For the most part, our players, with an exception here or there, have done a great job of trying to be the type of citizens that we want and that we want our fans to be proud of.

“I know no charges were filed and any of that, but at the end of the day, we don’t behave that way. There is no gray area when you behave like those guys behaved. They’ve been punished appropriately.”

Which is to say they’re being punished for making a stupid decision.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.