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BGSU loses a WR, adds pair of Power Five transfers

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A trio of previously reported developments — two positive, on negative — regarding the Bowling Green football team have been confirmed.

First, the good news.

In a press release, BGSU confirmed that wide receiver Robbie Rhodes and defensive end Malik Brown have transferred into the football program. It was reported last month that Rhodes would be leaving Baylor and transferring to BGSU, while Brown confirmed this past weekend that he would be landing at the MAC school after leaving Tennessee.

Both players, who are roommates, are seeking waivers that would grant them immediately eligibility to play in 2014, although there’s been no decision made by the NCAA on that front.

“We are excited to add two quality student-athletes to our program in Robbie Rhodes and Malik Brown,” head coach Dino Babers said in a statement. “They will both add talent and depth to our team at their respective positions, and I look forward to watching them compete and get better during the course of their careers.”

Rhodes, a four-star 2013 recruit rated as the No. 8 receiver in the country that year, appeared in 11 games last season for Baylor, recording 10 receptions for 157 yards. A three-star member of UT’s 2013 recruiting class, Brown took a redshirt as a true freshman.

On the flip side, there was confirmation of a serious injury for one of the Falcons’ top weapons in the passing game.

This past weekend, Chris Gallon confirmed that he re-tore his ACL and will miss the upcoming season.  It had previously been reported that the receiver would likely miss the 2014 season because of a serious injury.

“We were doing sprints in conditioning, and I felt a tug on my knee,” Gallon said according to the Toledo Blade. “Then it popped a little bit.

“I thought it was a tissue injury, but the doctors said it was more.”

In 2012, Gallon led all Falcon receivers in catches (54), yards (720) and receiving touchdowns (six). He was second in all three categories last year (24-232-2) when he went down with what turned out to be a season-ending injury.

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.