Duke managed to pick up a win on Saturday against Memphis, winning 28-14, but the victory has come at a cost. Quarterback Anthony Boone suffered a broken collarbone and will be out of action for the Blue Devils indefinitely.
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe announced the injury news about Boone today and there is currently no expectation as to when he might return to the football field.
In the meantime, Duke will have no other option than to go with redshirt junior Brandon Connette under center. Duke lists just two quarterbacks on their depth chart on a weekly basis and through the first two weeks the depth charts have included Boone and Connette. Connette has shown he is capable of leading the offense after passing for 198 yards and two touchdowns against Memphis.
The Blue Devils will move true freshman Parker Boehme up on the depth chart to back up Connette. Boehme, a dual threat quarterback out of Florida, was a three-star recruit according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. He enrolled at Duke on January 1 so was available for the spring, which means he should have at least a grasp of the offense in the event he is needed to take over the offense at any point.
D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.
Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program. A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.
The unnamed, however, now has a name.
According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”
Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.
No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.
“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”
If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.
On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa. The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.
Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.
Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team. He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.
With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.