Lache Seastrunk, K.J. Dillon

Baylor on pace for 1,234 yards of offense vs West Virginia


Can anyone slow down this Baylor offense? The Bears are once again running (and passing) wild on their opponent. This week’s victim is West Virginia. Baylor is up big on the visiting Mountaineers, leading 56-14. Take a look at some of these numbers, and try to remember these are unofficial halftime stats…

  • Baylor has 617 yards of total offense. Baylor had 700 yards of offense against West Virginia last year, but the Mountaineers were able to keep pace and win that game in a wild shootout.
  • Baylor has 27 first downs on 51 plays.
  • Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty has completed 16 of 24 yards for 342 yards and two touchdowns. The highest passing yard total allowed so far this season by West Virginia was 322 passing yards last week against Oklahoma State.
  • Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk has rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and is averaging 11.5 yards per attempt. Brennan Clay of Oklahoma rushed for 170 yards against West Virginia this season, now the previous high for a player.
  • Baylor is actually losing the turnover battle, 2-0.

Normally we would wait to see what kind of defensive adjustments will be made at the half, but West Virginia may be better off serving their time thinking about where to get a post-game meal before flying back home to Morgantown. Here’s hoping West Virginia at least gets to find some good barbecue down in Waco before what looks to be a long trip home.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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, 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.