A game wasn’t the only thing Auburn (likely) lost in Death Valley Saturday evening.
While there has been no official word yet from the football program, it appears as if Jaylon Denson‘s season has come to a premature end. AuburnSports.com is reporting that the wide receiver suffered a torn patellar tendon and will not play again in 2013.
Denson suffered the injury early on in the loss to LSU Saturday night after slipping on a field that had been deluged by “a stiff, wind-driven dew.” The AU coaching staff would only allow that the player is “probably” done for the year.
“I won’t get into any specifics, but we lost Jaylon on that first drive, and it’s not good, we’ve probably lost him for the year,” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “That’s a big loss for us. He’s a guy that’s really been the leader for us, plays a lot of snaps, does a lot of things that maybe people don’t see.”
Denson was listed as a starting receiver and had three catches for 45 yards in 2013. The junior took to social media Monday to vow a return, presumably next season.
“I’m down.. But best believe I’m not out!” Denson wrote on Instagram by way of al.com. “The SEC has not seen the last of me! I will bounce back & come back stronger & harder than ever before!”
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”
Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”
At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations. Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.
One of the most productive pass-catching duos in the country has been cut in half.
Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery confirmed Tuesday that Keevan Lucas sustained a torn patellar tendon in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to Houston. As a result, the wide receiver will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
“He’s such an emotional leader for us and such a great kid,” the first-year coach said. “We’ll have to make a few adjustments offensively and move some people around and try to make sure we’ve got guys in the right spot but also guys who will step up and be ready to play.”
Lucas is currently second on the team with 26 receptions and 409 receiving yards, behind Keyarris Garrett‘s 33 and 539. His five receiving touchdowns, though, are tops on the team.
Montgomery expects Lucas to be healthy enough to participate in spring practice next year.