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Texas QB David Ash treated for head injury


It was a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day for Texas on Saturday in Provo, Utah. The defense was shredded, resulting in the defensive coordinator getting the boot, the Longhorns lost to drop to 1-1 and two key offensive players were forced to leave the storm-delayed game for various injuries. Quarterback David Ash (head) and wide receiver Daje Johnson (ankle) each are being evaluated and their status for Saturday’s game against Ole Miss in Austin remains unknown.

Kirk Bohls of The Austin American-Statesman reports Ash was being treated for a potentially mild concussion. Per NCAA rules regarding head injuries and concussions, if Ash is able to pass for just a mild concussion he could be available to play for the Longhorns this weekend. Head injuries have never been more of a focus in football than they are today, but players are able to return to the field if they can pass mandated tests. Texas has not released much more information regarding Ash but his status will be evaluated as the week goes by.

If Ash is unavailable for the Longhorns, Texas will put the offense in the hands of Case McCoy, younger brother of former Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy. The senior has failed to match the career of his older brother and is the second quarterback on the depth chart for Texas.

Johnson was the top wide receiver on the depth chart against BYU but used more as a power running back early in the game. Though a dynamic player when healthy, this seemed like an odd position to use the 5’10”, 180-pound offensive player. Whether his size contributed to his injury or not is impossible to determine. There is no word on any further status for Johnson, although it has been a pretty busy day for Texas news. Surely there will be more on Johnson’s status and potential timeline early this week.

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.

Michigan’s keeping ‘fingers crossed’ for leading rusher’s availability

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Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5.  The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.

De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland.  Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.

“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”

Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.

Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).

In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well.  The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury