It was reported late this past week that Arizona would be losing Garic Wharton, a wide receiver who had the potential to add to his production the past two seasons, to transfer. Unfortunately, another player with production potential won’t be at the Wildcats’ disposal either, albeit for entirely different reasons.
In a post made to his Facebook page, UA running back Pierre Cormier revealed that he is stepping away from the game of football. An unspecified health issue is the culprit.
From Cormier’s post, by way of the Arizona Daily Star:
“Football has always meant the world to me.. Due to a medical condition I’ve been told I can never play again.. This last week and a half has been the hardest ever for me…”
What the medical condition Cormier’s dealing with is unknown, as is whether it’s football-related. For what it’s worth, UA has yet to address the player’s status.
A three-star member of UA’s 2013 recruiting class, Cormier was rated as the No. 26 running back in the country and the No. 41 player at any position in the talent-rich state of California. Outside of quarterback Anu Solomon and offensive lineman Logan Stott, he was the highest-rated player in last year’s class.
Cormier took a redshirt his true freshman season.
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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.”