The last thing Bob Stoops wants to do is give Alabama head coach Nick Saban any clue what he has planned for the Sugar Bowl clash between the Crimson Tide and Oklahoma. This is why it is not a shock at all Stoops is opting to hold off as long as possible to announce who the starting quarterback will be for the Sooners in the bowl game next month.
“That will be a game-time decision,” Stoops said Monday during a meeting with the media, according to Tulsa World.
The indecision is a result of Trevor Knight returning from injury and Blake Bell coming off a solid performance in leading Oklahoma to a win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater to close out the regular season. Knight separated his shoulder in the game, which forced Stoops to stick with Bell for the remainder of the game. In that particular game, it paid off.
The quarterback situation has been up in the air for the Sooners all season long, with Stoops holding off on naming his week one starter as long as possible as well. So this is totally normal for Stoops.
Fortunately for Alabama, the quarterback situation is much more clear with AJ McCarron, this year’s Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award winner.
One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.
On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.
Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.
On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”