TCU’s Boykin improving, Baylor’s Stidham questionable for Big 12 clash

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What was supposed to be one of the top games of the year on the college football calendar has been diminished in its importance this week as it relates to the national championship and Big 12 picture, but that will not stop Baylor and TCU from going all out for a win this weekend. Unfortunately, both teams are facing some injury concerns with their starting quarterbacks in the days leading up to the game.

On Monday, TCU head coach Gary Patterson said his starting quarterback, Trevone Boykin, is still not 100 percent ready to go but is showing signs of improvement. Boykin did not play against Oklahoma this past weekend in Norman. Boykin is working his way back from an ankle injury suffered a couple of weeks ago against Kansas. If Boykin is unavailable to play against the Bears, TCU will likely go with Bram Kohlhausen at quarterback. Kohlhausen came off the sideline to lead a late TCU rally against the Sooners that nearly led to a victory (a two-point conversion attempt that would have won the game was knocked down).

In Waco, Art Briles is hoping his backup quarterback will be good to go against the Horned Frogs. Freshman Jarrett Stidham, who has filled in for an injured Seth Russell, is questionable for this weekend, and Briles appears to be less than optimistic about his chances of playing.

Stidham rallied after getting roughed up in a loss to Oklahoma the previous week. Before leaving the game with Oklahoma State with an injury, Stidham passed for 258 yards and a touchdown and picked up 36 rushing yards on seven rushing attempts to help Baylor rebound from its first loss of the season. Chris Johnson stepped in to lead the offense after Stidham left the game, and he completed five of his 10 pass attempts for 138 yards and two touchdowns with one interception thrown.

As the week goes by, both teams will be closely monitoring the status of their quarterbacks. Baylor still remains lurking in the College Football Playoff picture, even by a hair at this point with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State playing this week to determine the true Big 12 champion. TCU is out of the discussion with two losses but can still play spoiler. TCU also has a revenge factor after letting one slip away against Baylor last season for their only loss of the year, which likely prevented TCU from entering the playoff.

Duke LB Koby Quansah out indefinitely after thumb surgery

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With exactly a week until the 2019 season kicks off, Duke’s depth in its linebacking corps has taken a bit of a hit.

The football program announced Friday evening that Koby Quansah underwent surgery earlier in the day to stabilize a fractured right thumb.  The senior linebacker suffered the injury during practice Thursday.

No timeline for a return has been given as Quansah is officially listed as out indefinitely.

During his time at Duke, Quansah has appeared in 35 games.  In 10 appearances (two starts) during a 2018 season that included a broken foot, Quansah, whose official bio states he’s “[l]isted as the starting middle linebacker,” was credited with 38 tackles.

Earlier this summer camp, Quansah was named as one of the Blue Devils’ team captains.

Temple WR Sean Ryan immediately eligible at West Virginia

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In his first season in Morgantown, Neal Brown will have a new offensive toy with which to play as West Virginia heads into the 2019 season.

Early on in the offseason, Sean Ryan opted to transfer from Temple and continue his collegiate playing career elsewhere.  In April, the wide receiver settled on WVU as his next elsewhere, announcing on Twitter that he would be transferring to the Mountaineers.

With the start of a new campaign eight days away, it’s being reported that Ryan has been granted an immediate-eligibility waiver that will allow him to see the field in 2019 for the Big 12 school.

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The granting of the waiver is very likely due to the fact that Temple went through some significant coaching upheaval following the end of the 2018 season.

As a true freshman this past season, Ryan played in 10 games.  In that extended action, the 6-4, 195-pound receiver from Brooklyn, NY, caught 12 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Owls.

Illinois beats out Florida, Nebraska, Texas for Miami transfer Derrick Smith

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Some will say that this could be one of the Fighting Illini’s only Power Five wins in 2019, but you won’t hear that from us.

Aug.13, Derrick Smith tweeted that, “effective today, I would like to inform [Miami Nation], I am no longer on the University of Miami football team.” Over the weekend, Smith took to Twitter again to reveal that four schools are under consideration as a potential landing spot — Florida, Illinois, Nebraska and Texas. In the same tweet, the third-year junior defensive back indicated that a new school will be picked at some point this week.

Friday evening, Smith revealed that he will continue his collegiate playing career for Lovie Smith and the Illini.

It’s believed Smith will be ineligible to play immediately for his new team.  He would, though, have two years of eligibility he can use beginning with the 2020 season.

The Orange Park, Fla., native came to The U as a three-star member of the football program’s 2017 recruiting class. The past two seasons, Smith saw action in 25 of the Hurricanes’ 26 games and was credited with 24 tackles, 1½ of which were for a loss.

Prior to his decision to leave, Smith was expected to play an expanded role in the Hurricanes’ secondary this coming season.

Boise State down a few more freshmen as QB Kaiden Bennett and RB Keegan Duncan leave team

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Boise State’s once impressive Class of 2019 is dwindling much quicker than head coach Bryan Harsin would like just as the season arrives on the blue turf.

As per the Idaho Statesman, freshman quarterback Kaiden Bennett and tailback Keegan Duncan have both left the team. In addition to those names, as many as three other members from the most recent recruiting class could fail to suit up for the program this fall.

Bennett was one of several quarterbacks battling for the starting job to succeed Brett Rypien at Boise State so his likely transfer out seems like a clear indication that one of Chase Cord, Jaylon Henderson or even freshman Hank Bachmeier will be the starter when the team opens against Florida State in Jacksonville. While the three-star recruit from Folsom, California was considered a long shot in the race, his departure may just be the first of several after Harsin names a starter.

The loss of Duncan can’t be overlook either as he was considered to be one of the best recruits in the state of Idaho during his senior season and could have provided depth in a fairly young tailback room this season.

Fellow freshman D.K. Blaylock also left the team this month and two junior college transfers have not made it to campus yet according to the Statesman.

Boise State had signed the top class in the Mountain West in February according to 247Sports and a top 50 group nationally but it appears that highly touted group won’t be making quite the impact many expected after these most recent defections.