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Updated: Minnesota WR released from hospital

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Updated 9/21 @ 1:10 p.m. ET: Minnesota has confirmed that wide receiver Andre McDonald was released from the hospital Thursday evening after what the player described as a minor heart problem. McDonald’s issue still isn’t officially known, but he is listed as “questionable” for this Saturday’s game against Syracuse.


Minnesota freshman receiver Andre McDonald had to be admitted to the hospital Thursday for a minor heart problem, the Minnesota Daily reports.

McDonald told the paper he had a “little problem with my heart” in a phone interview Thursday afternoon. No other details about his condition were given. A university spokesperson would only confirm that McDonald was in the hospital undergoing tests.

“Andre McDonald is in the hospital and undergoing tests,” Gophers football spokesman Paul Rovnak said in a statement, via the Pioneer Press. “That is all the information I have at this time.”

McDonald, a three-star member of the Gophers’ 2012 class, has one reception so far this year. Whatever the issue, here’s hoping McDonald is out and on his way soon.

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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

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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.