Damion Hobbs

QB Damion Hobbs moves on from Ducks to Utah State

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With star playmaker Chuckie Keeton‘s eligibility set to expire at season’s end, it appears Utah State has landed a transfer who could potentially be Keeton’s successor and quarterback of the future.

While USU has yet to confirm his addition, Damion Hobbs told the Salt Lake Tribune Wednesday that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career with the Aggies.  Just 11 days ago, Hobbs’ announced his decision to transfer out of the Oregon football program.

There was a comfort factors with the USU coaches that played a significant role in his decision.

“I am thankful for the opportunity I had at Oregon, but things simply didn’t work out football wise,” the player told the paper. “I’ve been to Utah State and had a good rapport with the coaches so everything was in place and it just felt right.”

Hobbs will be forced to sit out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, but will then engage in a battle with, among others, Darell Garretson for the starting job. When Keeton went down with a season-ending knee injury last year, Garretson won six of his seven starts.

A three-star member of the Ducks’ 2013 recruiting class, Hobbs was rated as the No. 26 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school in Cedar Hill, Tex. He took a redshirt last season and exited spring practice this year at least fourth on UO’s depth chart, triggering his transfer.

Hobbs was the second Ducks quarterback to transfer in the month of May, joining former teammate Jake Rodrigues. Earlier this week, it was reported that Rodrigues would be moving on to San Diego State.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

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.

Gophers down eight starters for game vs. Boilermakers

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 03: at Ryan Field on October 3, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Minnesota 27-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It would be an understatement of significant proportions to say that the Minnesota football team is banged up.

How banged up?  On his radio show Thursday, head coach Jerry Kill, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported, revealed his team will be down a whopping eight starters for Saturday’s game against Purdue.

Kill’s revelation comes one day after he confirmed a total of 20 players donned non-contact jerseys in practice earlier in the day.

The coach didn’t specifically identify which starters would be sidelined, with the Pioneer Press writing “[t]he known injuries to starters include safety Damarius Travis (hamstring), cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee), tight end Lincoln Plsek (back) and tackle Ben Lauer (knee/hand).”

One injured starter who will play, Kill confirmed, is quarterback Mitch Leidner. While not detailing any specific injury, Kill said Wednesday that Leidner “hasn’t been healthy. He’s been beat up.”

Overall, though, the Gophers’ health, or lack thereof, is bordering on historic.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my 32 years in coaching,” Kill said yesterday. “The toughest thing for me right now is all of these kids that work so hard, and when they get hurt, it kills me. … We are running out of people.”

Coming off an 8-5 season last year, the Gophers are struggling. While they stand at 3-2 after five games, the three wins came by a total of nine points over the likes of Colorado State, Kent State and Ohio. Their second loss — the first was by six to TCU in the opener — was a 27-0 shutout at the hands of Northwestern in the Big Ten opener last weekend.