A record-setting quarterback and one-man defensive wrecking crew have landed weekly national honors for their performances in Week 8.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Sunday that Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner have been named its National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
In unbeaten NIU’s 21-point win over Central Michigan, Lynch rushed for 316 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground. The 316 yards is an FBS record for a quarterback, surpassing, appropriately enough, former NIU QB Stacey Robinson‘s mark of 308 set way back in 1990. Lynch, who is the third Huskie to be accorded Camp honors, also passed for 155 yards and another touchdown.
While Jameis Winston grabbed the headlines following FSU’s pasting of Clemson, it was Joyner who helped set the defensive tone on the road against the Tigers. The senior defensive back was credited with eight tackles while registering big plays all over the field: two forced fumbles, one sack and one interception.
Below is the year-to-date list of weekly 2013 Camp honorees:
WEEK 1: Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones, Virginia safety Anthony Harris
WEEK 2: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun
WEEK 3: Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr
WEEK 4: Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage, Maryland safety A.J. Hendy
Week 5: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, TCU safety Sam Carter
Week 6: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy
Week 7: Army running back Terry Baggett, Louisiana-Monroe safety Isaiah Newsome
Week 8: NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch, Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner
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.
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.