Over the past several days, it’s been reported that North Carolina State and USF are interested in former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench.
If that option were to fall through for either school, though, it appears one or the other could be in line for another transfer player at the same position.
Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell, Joe Schad of ESPN.com reports, is considering the Wolfpack and Bulls as potential destinations to continue his collegiate playing career. Schad added that UAB — whose head coach is former Razorbacks assistant Garrick McGee — Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State are also under consideration.
UA announced earlier this week that Mitchell was one of four Razorbacks granted releases from their scholarships. Mitchell had been competing with Brandon Allen for the Hogs’ starting job throughout the spring, but Allen was named the starter exiting the 15 practice sessions.
The Amite, Louisiana, product will graduate from Arkansas soon and be eligible to play at the FBS level in 2013. A three-star member of the Razorbacks’ 2009 recruiting class, Mitchell served as Tyler Wilson‘s backup in 2011 before moving to wide receiver last season.
Mitchell and Bench would be the second and third transfer quarterbacks USF has pursued this offseason. Earlier this month, the Bulls officially lost out to West Virginia in their pursuit of ex-Florida State signal caller Clint Trickett.
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.