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Nevada ‘hopeful’ Cody Fajardo will return for MWC opener


The availability of one of the Mountain West Conference remains up in the air. although his status is decidedly less pessimistic than it was a week ago at this time.

Speaking to a group of fans at a luncheon Monday, Nevada head coach Brian Polian sounded somewhat optimistic that Cody Fajardo would be healthy enough to play Saturday in the conference opener against Hawaii.  Fajardo suffered a sprained right knee in a Week 2 win over Cal-Davis and did not play in the 55-point loss to Florida State this past weekend.

Polian told the crowd he’s “hopeful” Fajardo will be ready to play, but added that he “can’t guarantee you that.”

Fajardo was a second-team All-MWC selection in his second season as a starter.  He accounted for 32 touchdowns in 2012, 20 passing and 12 rushing.

The knee issue with Fajardo is not the only one facing the Wolf Pack at the position.  Backup Devin Combs, who started in place of Fajardo against the Seminoles, injured his knee in the loss and has already been ruled out of the Hawaii game.  Redshirt freshman Tyler Stewart would get the start if neither Fajardo nor Combs are available, with true freshman Dante Mayes serving as the No. 2 quarterback.

Dalvin Cook remains day-to-day for FSU vs. Miami

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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.

Ryan Simmons, one of Okla. St.’s ‘unquestioned leaders,’ out for rest of 2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Ryan Simmons #52 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys brings down Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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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.”