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.
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.