Anthony Boone

Boone to be a game-time decision at QB for Duke

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A little over a month after an injury temporarily shut him down, Anthony Boone could be back this weekend for Duke. Possibly. Maybe.

Officially, the Blue Devils quarterback is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report for Saturday’s game against Navy. Boone suffered a broken collarbone in the Week 2 win over Memphis and has been sidelined for the past three games — two of them losses.

Duke has won both games this season Boone started, for what it’s worth.

In tandem with the official injury report designation, head coach David Cutcliffe said how Boone performs today will likely lead to what will become a game-time decision on his availability for the non-conference game.

“We’ll really see what he looks like (Friday) in as much of a game atmosphere as you can create,” Cutcliffe said. “And then we’ll know a little bit more.”

In less than six quarters of action this season, Boone completed 27-of-36 passes for 275 yards. Boone had one interception in his 36 attempts; Brandon Connette, who has replaced Boone as the starter and who would start again against the Midshipmen, has thrown six in his 117 attempts.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.