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Gary Nova injured in Rutgers’ win; status for Arkansas uncertain

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Whether or not Rutgers has its starting quarterback for its matchup with a member of the SEC next weekend will likely remain a mystery for most if not all of the week leading up to it.

In the first quarter of the Scarlet Knights’ win over Eastern Michigan, Gary Nova was injured after being hit on a play that resulted in a roughing the quarterback penalty.  The quarterback did not return to the game after he was injured.

The exact nature of the injury was not disclosed.

Following the game, head coach Kyle Flood gave no indication as to the odds of his starter’s availability for this Saturday’s game against Arkansas in Piscataway.

I don’t know right now what his status will be in the upcoming week,” the coach said. “He could not return in the second half and he was not available to us really from the second quarter or midway through the first quarter – not sure exactly when I got notified.”

If Nova is unable to go against the Razorbacks, Chas Dodd would get the nod.  In relief of Nova, Dodd completed just four-of-nine passes for 45 yards.

In 2011, Dodd started eight games for the Knights.  After losing the starting job, he played in just three games in 2012.

Oddly enough, Rutgers’ opponent next week had its own injury issues at quarterback as well.

Starter Brandon Allen suffered an injury to his right (throwing) shoulder early on in UA’s win over Southern Miss and did not return to the game.  In the postgame, head coach Bret Bielema said that Allen, who was in a sling, was held out for the remainder of the contest as merely a precaution.

Bielema is optimistic Allen will be healthy enough to play in the game against the Knights.

UPDATED 12:48 p.m. ET: Head coach Kyle Flood confirmed that Gary Nova suffered a concussion in the win.  As was the case immediately after the game, Flood is unsure of the quarterback’s availability this weekend.

“I have not spoken to the doctors today. They’re going to see Gary when he comes in here in a little bit and reevaluate it,” Flood said. “These things can span a wide spectrum from a day or two and be back to playing again to missing weeks. I’m not sure exactly what part of the spectrum we’re on but should have a better idea probably by tomorrow.”

Bryce Love ‘unlikely’ to play in Stanford’s opener vs. K-State

PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Bryce Love #20 of the Stanford Cardinal is tackled by Kyle Gibson #25 of the UCF Knights in the first quarter at Stanford Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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It appears someone else will have to ease the load for a newly-minted starter under center and a Heisman Trophy contender, at least in the very early portion of the season.

According to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, Stanford head coach David Shaw has deemed it “unlikely” running back Bryce Love will play in the season opener Friday against Kansas State.  Love sustained what was described as a lower-body injury at some point during summer camp.

The good news for the program and the player is, after the opener, the Cardinal goes on a bye before hosting 20th-ranked USC Sept. 17.

Wilner writes that “Love… is considered central to eighth-ranked Stanford’s efforts to take the pressure off new quarterback Ryan Burns and tailback Christian McCaffrey.”  Burns has thrown one career pass and will be making his starting debut against K-State.

Last season, Love averaged 7.8 yards on his 29 carries.  He added 15 receptions for 250 yards, and three total touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving).

Rico McWilliams, 18-game starter at corner for Gamecocks, gives up football

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 10:  Malachi Dupre #15 of the LSU Tigers catches a pass in front of Rico McWilliams #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the third quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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South Carolina has seen one of the most experienced members of its secondary not only leave the program but the sport as well.

Rico McWilliams has decided to leave the Gamecocks and give up football, first-year USC head coach Will Muschamp announced Monday.  No reason was given for the decision.

McWilliams had started 18 the past three seasons, but began to tumble down the depth chart in the spring and failed to gain much ground in summer camp.  He had left camp early on for what were described as personal reasons, but eventually returned.

I am back with the team and have to stay focused,” the cornerback said just three days ago.

As a redshirt junior last season, McWilliams started 10 of USC’s 12 games, the lone exceptions being the contests against Georgia and Texas A&M.  He was credited with 32 tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

Additionally, Muschamp announced that redshirt freshman wide receiver Christian Owens had left his team as well.  A three-star 2015 signee, Owens didn’t play as a true freshman.

Jim Harbaugh clarifies comments on Colin Kaepernick anthem controversy

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Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.

Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.

“I acknowledge his right to do that, but I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” the coach said.

A short time later, Harbaugh took to Twitter to offer a clarification that he had no issue with Kaepernick’s motivation, merely his methods.

Baylor suspends starting safety Chance Waz for first two games

WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 12:  Chance Waz #18 of the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Even as Baylor looks to put a tumultuous offseason in the rearview mirror, the football team simply can’t get away from the dark cloud hanging over the program.

Interim head coach Jim Grobe announced Monday that Chance Waz has been suspended for the Bears’ first two games of the upcoming season.  The only reason given was unspecified disciplinary issues.

The suspension will cost the defensive back games against Northwestern State and SMU.  Waz will be eligible to return for the Sept. 16 game against Rice.

After playing in 11 games as a true freshman in 2014, Waz started 11 of the 13 games in which he played last season.  He was again projected as a starting safety entering summer camp.

Speaking of BU starters, Ishmael Zamora is still listed as a first-team wide receiver on the final preseason depth chart released by the Bears Monday.  Zamora was caught on video beating his dog with a belt and kicking it, and was ultimately charged with misdemeanor animal abuse.

Grobe said he’s still awaiting the university’s decision on what if any punishment Zamora may be facing as a result of the incident.