Three days after adding Ellis Johnson to his new Auburn coaching staff, Gus Malzahn has given the new coordinator some co-defensive help.
Malzahn announced via a release that he has hired Charlie Harbison as the Tigers’ co-defensive coordinator. Harbison will also serve as AU’s defensive backs coach.
“Charlie is an outstanding coach and recruiter and we’re excited to have him join our staff,” Malzahn said. “He’s very familiar with Coach Ellis Johnson, having coached together on two different staffs, which will be a tremendous asset to our defense. He is a true professional and one of the class guys in college coaching.”
Harbison comes the The Plains after spending the past four years at Clemson. He also has extensive experience in the SEC, serving on staffs at Alabama (1998-2000; 2003-06), LSU (2001-02) and Mississippi State (2007-08).
“I’m looking forward to joining Coach Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn,” Harbison said. “Having coached against Auburn on several occasions, I’m very familiar with the great success and tradition associated with the program. This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family.”
Harbison is the third assistant added by Malzahn, joining Johnson and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
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As has been pretty much par for the course thus far, LSU’s offensive line will once again be at less than full strength — although the injured cavalry could be on the way.
During the first quarter of this past Saturday’s closer-than-expected win over Louisiana Tech, Garrett Brumfield went down with a knee injury and didn’t return. As a result of that injury, the starting left guard will miss this Saturday’s game against Ole Miss.
A timeline for a return has yet to be determined.
“We don’t know when Garrett will be back,” head coach Ed Orgeron said Monday. “I don’t know that yet.”
Brumfield’s injury is the latest offensive line issue that’s hit the fifth-ranked Tigers over the past month. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Starting left tackle Saahdiq Charles missed two of the last three games, and starting right tackle Adrian Magee has been out since Sept. 2 against Miami. If you add in the suspension of Ed Ingram before fall camp, LSU has played without four starters.
The good news is that Charles and Magee could potentially play this weekend, although they’re officially listed as questionable at this point in time.
One of the most electrifying special teams players in the country won’t see the field again until 2019.
South Florida’s Terrence Horne has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season, the football program has confirmed. The freshman wide receiver suffered the injury during practice in the week leading up to this past Saturday’s win over East Carolina.
“You hate to lose a player, because he had worked so hard. Not only is he a good football player, he’s an unbelievable young man. Always has a smile on his face, would do anything you ask him to do,” head coach Charlie Strong said by way of the Tampa Bay Times. “That one kind of hurt us.”
Horne currently leads the FBS level in kick return average at an even 47 yards per. In Week 1, he tied an NCAA single-game record by returning a pair of kicks for touchdowns.
Ahead of a matchup of undefeated ACC teams, one of them has taken a hit to its passing attack.
After Syracuse pushed its record to a perfect 4-0 with a Week 4 win over UConn, head coach Dino Babers revealed that Ravian Pierce will be sidelined indefinitely because of an unspecified lower-body injury. The starting tight end missed the non-conference win over the Huskies because of the issue.
At this point, it’s unclear when the injury took place.
“It’s really kind of disappointing, it kind of snuck up on us,” the head coach said by way of the Syracuse Post-Standard. “He’s such a tough guy. We don’t know exactly when it happened.”
In three games this season, all starts, the senior had caught six passes for 56 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In starting nine games last season, the 6-3, 237-pound Pierce’s four receiving touchdowns were tied for second on the team.
Syracuse will travel to unbeaten and second-ranked Clemson this weekend.
Harsh and decidedly unexpected news coming out of Evanston Monday afternoon will have a significant impact on Northwestern’s football team moving forward.
The football program confirmed earlier today that Jeremy Larkin will be forced to retire from the game of football as a result of a recent diagnosis of cervical stenosis. The good news is that the condition is not considered life-threatening even as it precludes any future participation in the sport.
Obviously, the sophomore running back’s decision to retire, which came as the football program was coming off its one bye weekend of the season, is effective immediately.
“Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won’t be on that field again, given I’ve played this game since I was five years old,” said Larkin in a statement. “I’m extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first. I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline.”
“This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete,” head football coach Pat Fitzgerald. “But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him. The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can’t wait to see the impact he makes in our world.”
Through three games, Larkin’s 346 yards rushing were easily tops on the Wildcats. In fact, Larkin currently accounts for an astounding 98.6 percent of the Wildcats’ 351 rushing yards as a team. Additionally, he has five of their seven rushing touchdowns on the season.
Northwestern will open up Big Ten play this weekend as they host No. 14 Michigan.