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Auburn freshman CB Jeremiah Dinson out for the season

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Auburn’s defensive depth in the secondary just got a bit more shallow. Freshman Jeremiah Dinson will miss the remainder of the season with a leg injury, Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Monday.

“That’s a tough deal,” Malzahn said on a radio show Monday, according to Al.com. “We won’t have him back this year. That was a tough one. He’s a great kid, an outstanding young man, had done a very good job as a true freshman.”

Dinson was injured in Auburn’s win against Texas A&M over the weekend after being hit by Aggies receiver Ricky Seals-Jones. The Texas A&M receiver was initially called for targetting, but officials reversed the call following a mandatory video review of the penalty. Dinson’s right leg was injured on the play and he was carted off the field as a result.

Dinson had 12 tackles in his limited playing time this season. He has been listed as the backup to both starters Carlton Davis and Jonathan Jones. He was also listed as the first backup to nickel Jonathan Ford, demonstrating how much Auburn trusted the freshman of stepping into various roles if needed. Auburn lost Josh Holsey to a torn ACL in mid-September. T.J. Davis underwent surgery for a torn ACL in the spring, but he has yet to return to the field for Auburn this season.

WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez takes to Twitter to announce A&M transfer


In Texas A&M’s Class of 2013, seven wide receivers were signed.  With this latest development, as SBNation.com notes, that seven has been whittled down to two.

On his Twitter account Monday afternoon, LaQuvionte Gonzalez announced that he has decided to transfer out of the A&M football program.  No reason was given for Gonzalez’s departure, which comes a week or so following the end of spring practice.

A four-star member of A&M’s 2013 recruiting class, Gonzalez was rated as the No. 30 player at any position in the state of Texas and the No. 234 player overall by Rivals.com.

As a true freshman in 2013, Gonzalez was fifth on the team with 21 receptions and 240 receiving yards.  His production took a precipitous drop in 2014, however, as he finished with just five receptions for 77 yards.

Ricky Seals-Jones and Jeremy Tabuyo are the only 2013 receivers still with the Aggies. That said, A&M is still loaded with talent at the position, mitigating all of those personnel losses.

Texas A&M adds former Hokies WR coach Aaron Moorehead to staff

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Virginia Tech wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead is making a lateral move to Texas A&M. The now former Hokies assistant will assume the same role as a member of the coaching staff Kevin Sumlin has at Texas A&M.

Texas A&M needed a new wide receivers coach after the man who previously held that position, David Beaty, moved on to accept a job as a head coach at Kansas. Moorehead, a former NFL star, will have some talent to work with at College Station. Josh Reynolds led the Aggies in receiving as a sophomore with 842 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. The Aggies also have a dynamic freshman duo with Speedy Noil and Ricky Seals-Jones coming off encouraging debut seasons.

As noted by Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times, Virginia Tech now has just one assistant staff member that joined the program during a coaching overhaul in 2013. That is offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.

Photo credit: Virginia Tech Athletics.

Report: Texas A&M will pay $300,000 to ship in a new field from North Carolina


For a university that takes such pride in their grass (seriously, go there some time), the playing conditions – or lack thereof – at Kyle Field last Saturday night had to be especially disheartening for Texas A&M. Heavy rain Friday night and Saturday morning combined with Kyle Field’s natural grass combined to create a playing surface that was hazardous at best and dangerous at worst.

“The field was kind of bad, but both teams had to play on it,” Texas A&M wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones told the Houston Chronicle after the game.

Rice head coach David Bailiff said “had some concerns” about even bringing his team out of the locker room to play the second half. (He did, and Rice lost 38-10). “I thought the grounds crew did about as good a job as anybody could do,” Bailiff said. “They kept the surface safe. Every time they saw a divot, they ran out there and fixed it.”

These post-game tweets showed his fears were not without reason.

According to a report from the Bryan-College Station Eagle, Texas A&M has a plan in place to fix the field, and will spare no expense to do it. Texas A&M officials plan to pay North Carolina-based company Carolina Green to ship an entirely new field to College Station.

The field will be moved in pieces inside 21 refrigerated trucks and begin installation the week of Sept. 29. Texas A&M System vice chancellor of marketing and communications Steve Moore says the process should take about four days.

“After the game, the chancellor asked the staff and the Kyle Field redevelopment committee to look at options,” Moore told the paper. “He wanted to know how to provide the best competitive playing surface we could going to forward and that’s what led to this process and the decisions that have been made.”

Carolina Green offers a thicker, more solid base that should allow the sod to take root in time for the Aggies’ next home game. And if there’s one silver lining to this story, it’s that the replacement comes at a good time: the Aggies are on the road the next three weeks, visiting SMU on Saturday, facing Arkansas at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 27, and visiting Mississippi State on Oct. 4. The sixth-ranked Aggies return to Kyle Field and their new surface on Oct. 11 to face No. 10 Ole Miss.

The new field comes at a cost of $300,000, but that’s chump change when you’re paying nearly half a billion dollars to renovate your football stadium.

Despite losing the box score, No. 7 Texas A&M trounces Rice 38-10


Here’s what you need to know about No. 7 Texas A&M’s 38-10 win over Rice Saturday night in College Station: The most interesting aspects of this game were a playing surface ripped to shreds after a torrential rain on Friday…

… and a wild end-of-half sequence that saw scores for both teams wiped off the board due to penalties in the final four seconds of the second quarter. Rice kicked a field goal to bring the score to 21-10 at the half taken off the board due to an illegal substitution call against Texas A&M. The ensuing kick was blocked; Armani Watts picked up the loose ball and ran it back for an apparent touchdown before the Aggies were then hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct call for having players stand too close to the field.

Beyond that, it was a game where Rice somehow outgained the Aggies but somehow never truly felt in the game. The Owls had almost perfect balance, completing 24-of-36 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions, and ran the ball 55 times for 240 yards for a respectable 4.4 yards per carry.

Seriously, how do you outgain your opponent (481-477), achieve more first downs (28-23), decidedly win third down (10-of-20 vs. 3-of-8), win the turnover battle (1-0), dominate time of possession (43:17 vs. 16:43), and lose 38-10? How does that happen?

Well, one team has Kenny HillSpeedy NoilRicky Seals-JonesMyles Garrett, and company, and it’s the opponent. Hill completed a workmanlike – you could call it a trill – day at the office with 300 passing yards, four touchdowns and 38 rushing yards while barely breaking a sweat. Noil caught three passes for 71 yards, Seals-Jones hauled in five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown, and Josh Reynolds nabbed two scoring passes for 68 yards.

Texas A&M travels next week to Dallas to face a downtrodden SMU bunch in a game that will not be suitable for children, while Rice opens Conference USA play against league newcomer Old Dominion.