An injury that kept one of the most productive receivers in Rutgers’ passing attack out of the last two games of the regular season could very well bleed into the postseason as well.
On the first injury report released ahead of the Pinstripe Bowl, Leonte Carroo is listed as doubtful for the Dec. 28 matchup against Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium. The wide receiver suffered what’s being labeled as an upper-body injury in the second half of the Nov. 21 loss to UCF.
The injury kept the sophomore out of games against UConn and USF.
Carroo has been unable to practice with the team as it preps for its bowl game. Despite being officially listed as doubtful, head coach Kyle Flood used the “O” word when asked directly about Carroo’s availability.
“I’m optimistic that he’s going to play in the game but he’s not out here practicing so when the question is, ‘Is there anybody that you are concerned about?’ that would be the one,” Flood said according to nj.com.
Despite missing the last two games, Carroo is third on the Scarlet Knights in receiving yards (478) and receptions (28). He also leads the Knights with nine receiving touchdowns; the remainder of the team has totaled 12 in 12 games.
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.
One of the most productive pass-catching duos in the country has been cut in half.
Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery confirmed Tuesday that Keevan Lucas sustained a torn patellar tendon in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to Houston. As a result, the wide receiver will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
“He’s such an emotional leader for us and such a great kid,” the first-year coach said. “We’ll have to make a few adjustments offensively and move some people around and try to make sure we’ve got guys in the right spot but also guys who will step up and be ready to play.”
Lucas is currently second on the team with 26 receptions and 409 receiving yards, behind Keyarris Garrett‘s 33 and 539. His five receiving touchdowns, though, are tops on the team.
Montgomery expects Lucas to be healthy enough to participate in spring practice next year.