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Report: Chris Gallon, one of BGSU’s top WRs, could miss season

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If it weren’t for bad injury luck, Chris Gallon wouldn’t have any luck at all.

Speculation has surfaced recently that the Bowling Green wide receiver either suffered a significant new injury or had reinjured his knee.  While the school has yet to address what if any injury issue the wide receiver may be facing, the whispers are growing louder.  And sounding season-ending-ish before the season even gets started.

From the Twitter account of WTOL-TV’s Jordan Strack:

The loss of Gallon certainly wouldn’t be optimal for BGSU’s offense.

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.

Authorities investigating death of Wayne State player

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Nebraska authorities have begun an investigation into the death of Wayne State football player Eddie Key III, who was found dead in his dorm room on Saturday night.

An autopsy will be performed on Sunday for the freshman defensive end. The deputy Wayne County attorney said no foul play is suspected.

Key was from Lincoln, Neb., where attended North Star High. According to the Wayne State web site, he earned Second Team All-Nebraska and Super State honors as an offensive lineman for North Star.

A Wayne State spokesman said the school is providing grief counseling to the football team and other students.

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Chris Klieman to succeed Craig Bohl as North Dakota State head coach

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FCS powerhouse North Dakota State has found its new coach.

The Bison elevated defensive coordinator Chris Klieman to their head coaching position on Sunday, a week after Craig Bohl was hired away by Wyoming. The 47-year-old Klieman has spent three seasons at NDSU, the last two running the defense. His units have been at the top of the FCS statistically and are allowing just 11 points per game this season.

Klieman, who turned down a chance to go to Wyoming with Bohl, pledged to build on what Bohl built in Fargo.

“I’m not going to be Craig Bohl. I’m going to be Chris Klieman. And I think that’s good. I think that’s OK,” Klieman said. “I’ve learned so much from Craig. Craig is the best leader I’ve ever been around as far as just a genuine leader. He tells you exactly how it is.”

Klieman certainly has some large shoes to fill.  In Bohl’s 11 seasons at the school, the Bison went 101-32 and won the last two FCS championships.

NDSU takes on New Hampshire Friday night in a semifinal game at the Fargodome. Bohl will coach the team through its playoff run.

North Dakota fires its football coach

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Chris Mussman has been fired as the head coach of North Dakota’s football team, athletic director Brian Faison announced on Tuesday.

“Coach Mussman and I met this morning at which time I shared with him my decision to make a change in our football leadership,” Faison said. “I want to thank Chris for his service to UND and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Mussman recently completed his sixth season as head football coach at UND with a career record of 31-34. He joined the UND coaching staff as the offensive line coach in 1999. Mussman was elevated to offensive coordinator in 2001 and took over as the head coach prior to the 2008 season.

UND competes in the Big Sky conference of college football’s FCS division. Faison added that a national search for a new head coach will being immediately.

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Heisman candidate stats update

Tennessee v Oregon

Here’s what the top Heisman candidates did on Saturday:

Marcus Mariota, Oregon — Mariota completed 23 of 33 passes for a career-high 456 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions, plus 27 yards rushing on six carries with another score as Oregon whipped Tennessee, 59-14.

AJ McCarron, Alabama — McCarron went 20 of 29 for a career-high 334 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions in Alabama’s 49-42 win at Texas A&M.

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville — Bridgewater threw for 250 yards and one touchdown on 16 of 28 passing. He also rushed for 35 yards on six carries as Louisville beat rival Kentucky, 27-14.

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M — The defending Heisman winner went 28 of 39 for 464 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions and 98 rushing yards in a 49-42 loss to Alabama.

Brett Hundley, UCLA — Hundley was 16 of 24 for 294 yards with three touchdowns and one interception plus 61 rushing yards as UCLA came from behind to beat Nebraska in Lincoln, 41-21.

Jameis Winston, Florida State — Winston continued his hot streak by hitting on 15 of 17 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns with one pick. He also ran for a touchdown.