A few days after being upset by Utah, Stanford has decided to shore up its depth on the defensive line by moving tight end Luke Kaumatule to defensive end.
The Cardinal are loaded at the spot, but some of the current starters have worn down a bit due to the mid-September injury to all-star Henry Anderson, who isn’t expected back for another month.
“If he had been seriously against it, we wouldn’t have done it,” said Shaw, whose team faces ninth-ranked UCLA on Saturday.
“With Anderson down, guys are playing a lot. We needed a spark, and Luke is a human spark.”
Kaumatule, who had three catches for 16 yards, played defensive end in high school. At 6-foot-7, 267 pounds, he fits the physical mold that Stanford wants on the line. For now, he’ll back up Ben Gardner, who has an arm contusion.
Of course, the move leaves Stanford extra thin at tight end. Junior Charlie Hopkins is the starter, with senior Davis Dudchock backing him up, but they have one catch this season between the two of them. Indeed, the transformation of the Cardinal from a tight end-based offense to one that goes vertical with its receivers on the perimeter may finally be complete.
D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.
Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program. A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.
The unnamed, however, now has a name.
According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”
Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.
No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.
“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”
If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.
On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa. The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.
Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.
Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team. He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.
With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.