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Wednesday afternoon one-liners

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Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…

— The loss of superstars leaves West Virginia’s 2013 offense in open-audition mode.

— The NCAA with a heart and (gasp!) common sense?  From the Tupelo Daily Journal: “Ole Miss was granted a release by the NCAA for quarterback Bo Wallace to pass in front of offensive coordinator and QB coach Dan Werner so a coach can monitor Wallace’s comeback from shoulder surgery.”

PennLive.com: Penn State pass rusher Deion Barnes looms as Lions’ X-factor this year.

— Speaking of the NCAA, its embattled and beleaguered president, Mark Emmert, has embraced athletic directors as part of future directions and decisions regarding college athletics.

— Ahead of the dog days of summer, Indiana’s quarterback competition is a dead heat.

Decatur Herald-Review: transfer Wes Lunt gives head coach Tim Beckman an early Illini win.

Des Moines Register: New NCAA rule already has Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads pondering clock management.

— It’ll be an open competition to figure just who will rise up as Syracuse’s punt-return specialist.

— The breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has been rescheduled for late July, shortly before the start of summer camp.

— Night MACtion: five of Toledo’s six home games will be played under the lights this season.

— If a pair of high school players follow through on their verbal commitments, they would become just the second players ever from the states of Colorado and Minnesota to play for Alabama in that program’s storied history.

— After a “secret” visit to Auburn came to the public light, Clemson verbal quarterback commit DeShaun Watson assures the Tigers faithful there’s nothing to worry about.

Badgers losing top TE for 4-8 weeks

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tight end Austin Traylor #46 of the Wisconsin Badgers makes a 38 yard reception during the fourth quarter of the college football game against the Troy Trojans at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The Badgers defeated the Trojans 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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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.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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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.