Unfortunately for San Diego State, their late-night upset of Nevada came with about as steep of a price tag as a team can have at this level.
Very early in the win, starting quarterback Ryan Katz went down with what was later diagnosed as a fractured left ankle. Suffice to say, with less than a month and a half left, his regular season is likely over.
Whether the senior would be available for an Aztec bowl game, should they qualify, remains up in the air.
“We feel really bad about Ryan going out, and he is probably out for the rest of the season,” head coach Rocky Long said according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Katz transferred to SDSU from Oregon State this offseason after losing his starting job to Sean Mannion, who, ironically enough, is currently suffering from his own injury issue.
With Katz likely lost for the remainder of the regular season, the Aztecs will likely turn to Adam Dingwell the rest of the way. Dingwell passed for 177 yards and three touchdowns after replacing an injured Katz, playing a significant role in the 39-38 overtime win.
Instead of basking in the glow of the program’s biggest win in years, though, Dingwell’s thoughts were with the man he replaced.
“That’s a terrible thing to happen to Ryan, especially in his senior season. My heart just goes out to him and his family and I hope he can recover as soon as possible,” the new starter said. “He’s had such a good season, he’s been a great leader for us. I couldn’t be more upset for him.”
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.