Memo to Maty Mauk: stay upright and healthy. And strap on some bubble wrap, just in case.
With rumors swirling throughout the morning, Missouri confirmed via a press release that quarterback Corbin Berkstresser suffered a knee injury during practice last week and will be lost for the foreseeable future. The specific nature of the injury was a medial meniscus tear, which was surgically repaired yesterday.
Berkstresser will be on crutches for at least a month; the school stated in the release that “there is currently no set timetable for when he would be able to return to the field.”
As far as when the injury occurred, the release said Berkstresser injured the knee Tuesday, Oct. 15, but did not inform the team’s medical staff until Sunday.
Berkstresser is the second quarterback Mizzou has lost to a significant injury in less than two weeks. Oct. 12, starter James Franklin suffered a separated shoulder in the win over Georgia and will be out at least until early next month.
With Franklin sidelined, the redshirt freshman Mauk has been the starter and was backed up by Berkstresser. With Franklin and Berkstresser sidelined, and as the Tigers look to continue their improbable run toward an SEC East title, Mauk will be backed up by true freshman Eddie Prinz, who has yet to appear in a game at the collegiate level.
Bubble wrap, Maty. Bubble wrap.
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.