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Wisconsin QB Stave’s shoulder brings early end to spring

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Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave has been competing for a starting job in Madison this spring, but his spring just came to an end. Stave is being shut down for the rest of the spring due to a shoulder injury.

According to Jeff Potrykus of The Journal Sentinel in Wisconsin, via Twitter, Stave had an MRI done Monday night before the decision was made. Stave expects to be back and ready to go for camp this summer before the start of the 2014 season.

Stave led the Badgers in passing last season with 2,494 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He was banged up at times last season and entered a bit of a quarterback competition this spring. With Stave now on the shelf, all eyes in Madison turn to Tanner McEvoy.

McEvoy originally committed and joined South Carolina in the Class of 2011, but joined the Badgers after a season at Arizona Western College in 2012. When he transferred to Wisconsin he ended up playing safety but was moving back to quarterback this spring. With Wisconsin’s spring game coming up the time to shine is now for McEvoy, who can make a push for strong consideration moving in to the summer for the starting job.

Wisconsin’s spring game is scheduled for Saturday, April 12.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.