Myles Jack ’embarrassed’ over practice ejection


It’s not often that a star player and just-under-the-radar (for now) preseason Heisman contender gets booted from a summer camp practice, but that’s exactly what happened to Myles Jack earlier this week.

During Monday’s practice, the linebacker version of Jack slapped teammate and offensive lineman Caleb Benonoch in the helmet while taunting him. That triggered the ire of head coach Jim Mora, who promptly kicked the talented sophomore off the practice field and into the locker room.

Wednesday, Jack labeled the episode as “embarrassing,” sounding contrite as he discussed a situation that, thanks to the proliferation of instantaneous social media and sports highlights shows, blew up outside of the team and beyond what he ever could’ve imagined.

“The platform that I guess I’m on, I’ve really got to watch out what I say or do,” Jack said according to the Los Angeles Daily News. “I’ve got to be careful. I’ve got to be smart with what I say, what I do. I’ve just got to be better in that situation overall. I could have handled it a whole different way. It’s all on me. It’s all on my shoulders. …

“I didn’t expect it to be on SportsCenter and all that. I didn’t think it would be that big a deal.”

While he had to endure the wrath of his coach during it, or the slings of social media after it, arguably the roughest confrontation was a phone call from a person very, very close to him. From the Orange County Register:

His mom, La Sonjia, made sure of that. She called Jack soon after hearing and was, he said, much harsher in her criticism than his own coaches were after the incident.

You go, mom. And get that switch ready, just in case.

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”

Illini’s leading rusher, Josh Ferguson, officially ruled out vs. Iowa

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If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.

On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa.  The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.

Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.

Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team.  He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.

With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.  Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.