While Miami had not yet confirmed it, one of the most talented Hurricanes on the defensive side of the ball, Al-Quadin Muhammad (pictured, right), underwent a successful but unspecified surgical procedure recently. And just how did we know that initially? Because the player posted a picture of himself laying in a hospital bed and clothed in hospital garb, that’s how.
Subsequent to Muhammad’s social media revelation, the university confirmed that the lineman had undergone “a small surgical procedure… on his knee.” Muhammad is expected to resume football activities in a couple of weeks.
The redshirt junior played in 12 games in 2015, leading the team in both tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (five). He’ll enter summer camp, provided he doesn’t suffer a setback, as arguably the Hurricanes’ top pass rusher.
Sadly, tragedy has hit the college football community yet again.
Troy confirmed in a press release that Trojans football player Nathan Harris has passed away due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident earlier Saturday. Harris was just 19 years old.
Other than the accident occurred in Gulf Shores, Ala., no details were made available.
“This is an unthinkable tragedy and the thoughts and prayers of the Troy Athletics Department and the Troy University community are with Nathan’s family and friends,” Troy athletic director Jeremy McClain said in a statement. “It is devastating to see a young life end in such a heartbreaking way, and we will provide support and comfort for his teammates, friends and coaches as they go through the grieving process.”
“Nate was a tremendous person and a very caring young man,” a statement from Troy head coach Neal Brown said began. “While his time here at Troy University was brief, his impact was felt by many. He was loved by his teammates and had a positive effect on our team’s culture in a short time.”
Harris, who starred as a quarterback at Gulf Shores High School, joined the Troy football team as a walk-on this past semester. During the course of spring practice, Harris had worked his way up to being the Trojans’ starting holder. He was listed as a safety on the school’s online roster.
The sudden passing is hitting the Gulf Shores community particularly hard.
“We are struggling here,” Harris’ high school coach, Ben Blackmon, told WALA-TV, adding, “He has gone to live with God.”
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all of those impacted by Harris’ passing.
In each of the last two years, the Big Ten was barely within 20 of the SEC in total draft selections. In the 2016 version of the annual selection meeting, the former conference gained significant ground on the latter — but couldn’t quite get over that Southern hump.
With three days and seven rounds officially in the books, the SEC led all conferences with 51 players selected in the 2016 NFL draft. That total is down from the 54 a year ago, but up from 49 in the 2014 draft.
The past two drafts, the Big Ten had gone from 30 picks in 2014 to 34 in 2015; thanks in large part to 12 from Ohio State, that conference made a B1G leap to 47, second-most of any other conference in college football this cycle and the closest any league has come to unseating the SEC in a handful of years. The last two years, the ACC, No. 2 in 2014 and 2015, got to within seven of the SEC — 47 picks in 2015 for that conference, 42 the year before.
This year, the ACC’s 26 selections were tied with the Big 12 for No. 4 among conferences. No. 3? The Pac-12, with a whopping nine picks in the seventh and final round, with 32.
No Group of Five conference could come close to the Power Five leagues, with the AAC and Conference USA pacing those “mid-majors” with 10 draft picks each. The Mountain West was next with nine, followed by the MAC with six and the Sun Belt with three.
Independents saw eight players drafted, with Notre Dame accounting for all but one of those (more on the Irish later).
From the lower divisions of college football, 21 FCSers were drafted while two from Div. II were scooped up. And, internationally, there was one player each from Canada and Germany who heard their name called.
As NFL teams are busy adding former college football players, one program at this level is busy turning one of its current players into a former one.
Earlier today, 247Sports.com reported that Kamonte Carter had been dismissed from the Nittany Lions for violating unspecified team rules. A short while later, the football program confirmed the development.
And, according to the school, the redshirt freshman defensive tackle was on the receiving end of James Franklin‘s boot more than a week ago.
“Kam Carter was informed on April 21 that he is no longer a member of the Penn State football team for a violation of team rules,” the university said in a statement. “We appreciate Kam’s contributions to the program and wish him success in the future.”
Carter was a four-star member of the Nittany Lions’ 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Maryland and the No. 238 player overall in 247Sports.com‘s composite rankings. The 6-4, 305-pound lineman took a redshirt as a true freshman.
The Centre Daily Times writes that Carter “was expected to see some time in the defensive line rotation this fall as a backup.”