The sudden resignation of longtime Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost meant Gary Pinkel needed to begin a search for a new assistant to run the offense. It appears Pinkel didn’t have to look too far.
Following up on reports from PowerMizzou.com and the Columbia Tribune from the weekend, Missouri announced that co-offensive line coach Josh Henson has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Additionally, wide receivers coach Andy Hill has been named associate head coach and quarterbacks coach.
“I’m excited for both Josh and Andy, and for our team,” said Pinkel (pictured) in a release. “They are both deserving of these opportunities and I’m confident that they are going to do great things to move our program forward. Josh has been a key part of our system for four years and he will bring his own style to how we will operate. Andy is an outstanding teacher of the game. His experience and knowledge of our complex passing game, as well as his energy and drive, will translate well, and will give him a unique perspective that he’ll bring to the quarterback position group.”
Henson previously served on LSU’s staff as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. He also held those same titles at Oklahoma State from 2001-04. Hill is a longtime receivers coach at Mizzou.
One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
A UW official confirmed to madison.com that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa. As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.
At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers. At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.
Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.
Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team. He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.
With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.
Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week. Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.
The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then. Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.