As Missouri looks to inch closer to securing a spot in the SEC championship game, the Tigers may catch a break against one of the stiffest tests left on the schedule.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw suffered what was originally feared to be a very significant knee injury in the loss to Tennessee Saturday. Reports surfaced late Saturday night that, instead of a torn ACL as rumored, Shaw was diagnosed with a severely sprained knee.
Sunday afternoon, head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed that no surgery would be necessary for Shaw. The OBC also said that doesn’t necessarily mean his starter will suit up for this Saturday’s game against Missouri.
“Injury-wise, Connor Shaw is actually walking around a little bit,” Spurrier said according to GoGamecocks.com. “No surgery or anything. I’m not sure what his status will be later in the week.
“I would say yes, he would be able to come back.”
In that latter sentence, Spurrier was referring to this season, not necessarily this weekend.
If Shaw is indeed sidelined, Dylan Thompson would step in under center. The redshirt junior started two games in place of an injured Shaw last season after spending 2011 as Stephen Garcia‘s backup.
Thompson has seen action in six of seven games in 2013, completing 29 of his 51 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also thrown two interceptions.
UCF will have its head coach for one of the biggest games in the football program’s history, but they’ll be without their quarterback’s blindside protector.
According to Shannon Green of the Orlando Sentinel, Aaron Evans will not play in No. 12 UCF’s Peach Bowl matchup with No. 7 Auburn New Year’s Day. The specific nature of the injury that will sideline the offensive lineman wasn’t detailed.
The past three seasons, Evans started 36 of 37 games at left tackle. 12 of those starts came during the Knights run to a perfect regular season and American Athletic Conference championship that helped propel them to a New Year’s Six bowl.
With Evans out, Jake Brown will likely get the start against the Tigers. Brown started 11 games at left guard for the Knights this season.
Two-thirds of the way through a one-win season, Zach Smith lost his job as the starting quarterback at Baylor. Nearly three weeks later, it appears the sophomore has decided to ply his future football wares elsewhere.
According to ESPN Radio‘s Central Texas affiliate, Smith will be transferring from the Bears football program. An official announcement, either from the player or the team or both, is expected to go down at some point in the not-too-distant future.
As a true freshman, Smith started the last four games of the 2016 season because of an injury to starter Seth Russell. He started six games this past season before true freshman Charlie Brewer started the last four. Brewer is now the only scholarship quarterback the Bears have on their roster.
Smith will leave Waco having thrown for 2,997 yards and 21 touchdowns. The highlight of his career was a 463-yard, four-touchdown performance in an eight-point loss to Oklahoma this past September.
We haven’t yet reached the first-ever early signing period, and Oregon has already bolstered its 2018 defense.
Jalen Jelks confirmed to The Oregonian that he has decided to push off the NFL and will instead return to Oregon for another season. The redshirt junior indicated that he needs to work on his game before he takes it to the next level.
“I’m back for sure,” the redshirt junior defensive end told the newspaper. “I talked to my parents and my family and everything and just probably the best decision for me is to make the best out of next season and make a lot more plays than I did this season.
“I missed a lot of plays, and if I can capitalize on that and translate it to next season I could contribute a lot to the draft.”
This season, Jelks led the Ducks in tackles for loss with 15; in sacks with 6.5; and in quarterback hits with four. The tackles for loss were second in the Pac-12 to Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa‘s 21.5.
A little over a year after his death, one of the most noteworthy pieces of Rashaan Salaam‘s athletic career finds itself up for sale to the public yet again.
According to the Denver Post, the former Colorado star running back’s 1994 Heisman Trophy will be auctioned off next month and is expected to sell for upwards of $300,000. A portion of whatever the trophy fetches will be donated to CTE research.
Salaam, who took his own life at the age of 42 last December, was diagnosed with CTE symptoms postmortem.
After rushing for more than 2,000 yards, Salaam in 1994 became the first, and thus far only, Buffaloes football player to win the most prestigious trophy in college football. In 2013, Salaam sold the trophy to a sports memorabilia dealer who subsequently sold it to the unnamed individual who is selling it at auction. “The trophy also includes a letter from Salaam, acknowledging the 2013 sale,” the Post wrote.
Based on what we’ve found, the largest amount a Heisman Trophy has ever brought in was the $395,000 a California businessman paid for Minnesota’s Bruce Smith‘s 1941 award in 2005.