Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…
— Mark Richt downplays the impact of the loss of suspended safety Josh Harvey-Clemons for Georgia’s opener against Clemson.
— Speaking of UGA, a pair of talented Bulldog running backs are trying to shake the “Gurshall” moniker.
— Pac-12 schools likely to realize eye-popping revenue.
— Al.com: Numbers dwindling from state of Alabama’s star-studded and star-crossed Class of 2011
— Andrew Maxwell is Michigan State’s starting quarterback (right now).
— Could Michigan offensive skill players go 3,000/1,000/1,000 for the first time since 2003?
— In MSU-UM scheduling news, athletic director Mark Hollis says he’s still open to his Spartans taking on the Wolverines under the lights.
— Penn State transfer quarterback Steven Bench already making his presence felt at USF.
— “Sooner t-shirted contractor” lawsuit against Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy is moving forward.
— More takeaways a must for Clemson in 2013.
— Despite a pair of transfers at the position, Gus Malzahn‘s not concerned about Auburn’s depth at linebacker.
— Hired by the fired athletic director, Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre will have no choice but to adapt to a new boss.
— Ticket pricing options have been released for the $425 million renovation of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field that is expected to be completed in 2015.
— Jamal Brown, the son of former Kansas and Green Bay Packers great Gilbert Brown, will be a walk-on for the Jayhawks this fall.
One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
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. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.
On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.
Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.
On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”