South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore was playing in his first game since suffering a season-ending knee injury last season against Mississippi State.
So far, Lattimore’s knee looks fine. He has 12 carries for 66 yards, 29 of which came on a nifty touchdown run where he made a nice cut to avoid a tackle.
It’s quarterback Connor Shaw that Steve Spurrier needs to worry about now. In the final minutes of the first half, Shaw got up limping from a tackle and immediately went to the sideline. Not long after, Shaw and team trainers headed to the locker early. ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Steele said Shaw was favoring his right (throwing) shoulder and appeared to be in a lot of pain.
The early report from the press box is that Shaw has a shoulder contusion (bruise), and sophomore Dylan Thompson is starting the second half.
No. 9 South Carolina got off to an early 10-0 lead after a sloppy, turnover-filled first quarter, but Vanderbilt fired back with a 78-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Rodgers to Jordan Matthews. Since then, the momentum has swung in the Commodores’ favor.
Updated 9:21 p.m. ET: Either Connor Shaw’s shoulder bruise isn’t all that bad, or he’s a trooper. Shaw returned to the field about midway through the third quarter after a late arrival from the locker room. Shaw made an attempt to throw some passes during halftime without pads, but apparently wasn’t well enough to go at the time.
South Carolina trails Vanderbilt 13-10, and Spurrier’s gotten away from giving Lattimore the ball. It’ll be interesting to see how Shaw is used going forward from here on out tonight.
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.