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Jordan Webb’s 2013 season might not be over after all


As it turns, the death of Jordan Webb‘s 2013 season may have been greatly exaggerated.  Maybe.

In mid-April, Colorado announced that the quarterback would miss the 2013 season due to a torn ACL.  Webb’s progress in rehab, however, has gone better than expected.

So much better, in fact, that head coach Mike MacIntyre is hopeful Webb will be back on the field by October, less than six months after suffering the injury.

“They’re working on him hard to get back as quick as he can get back and we’re shooting for him to hopefully be back some time in September and see how that goes for him,” MacIntyre said during Yahoo! Sports radio interview, by way of the Boulder Daily Camera. “But it’s definitely a step back. He’s not going to be able to get a sixth year the way everything worked out. So he’s got to push and try to get back and be able to help some this year.”

CU head trainer Miguel Rueda confirmed Macintyre’s optimism to the Denver Post.

“He had a great outcome with his surgery with Dr. (Eric) McCarty,” Rueda said. “A lot can happen between now and the first month of the season. We’re not ruling anything out. We’re comfortable with the progress he’s made.”

Webb, who transferred to the Buffs from Kansas, started the first nine games of the 2012 season before getting yanked in favor of Nick Hirschman, who himself transferred out of CU shortly after Webb’s injury.  Connor Wood, the Texas transfer who started one game last season, sits alone at the top of the Buffs’ depth chart following Hirschman’s departure.

If Webb were not to come back this season, it would end his collegiate career as MacIntyre stated, per the Post, that the player would not be getting a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA.  Shortly after Webb’s injury, the school began the process of appealing for an additional season of eligibility.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.