January 01, 2008

Virginia Tech: Too Much Fun In The Sun

On the trip to Florida for Thursday's Orange Bowl, Virginia Tech encouraged its players to go out and have some fun. Linebacker Vince Hall took that to heart, and seems to have had so much fun that he may not be able to play in the bowl game. The senior hurt his left knee during an outing at the beach and his participation in practice - as well as the amount of fun he's having in the sun - has been severely limited as a result.

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November 02, 2007

Virginia Tech: Wheeler To The Exit

After last week's abominable finish against No. 2 Boston College, the Hokies got a bit of a lift on Thursday night, handily defeating Georgia Tech 27-3. What Virginia Tech did not count on was losing tight end Sam Wheeler for the season, which they did on when the redshirt sophomore tore the ACL in his left knee during the game.

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October 29, 2007

Clemson: Clemson In, Ford Out

After beating Maryland 30-17 on Saturday, Clemson finds itself back in the AP Poll, at No. 25, and in the BCS rankings, also eeking in at the No. 25 spot. The problem is, they paid a big price to get there, in the form of sophomore speedster Jacoby Ford. The receiver broke his left ankle in the fourth quarter of the game, ending his season and letting some air out of the Tigers' tires.

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October 26, 2007

Georgia Tech: Next RB Victim

Georgia Tech began this season feeling pretty good about itself. Almost from the get-go, the Yellow Jackets had a top 25 ranking, the ACC's rushing leader was performing up to his potential and smooth sailing lay just ahead. Fast forward six weeks, and the Yellow Jackets are suddenly in the midst of a tempest. With that star rusher Tashard Choice already out for another couple of weeks, Georgia Tech did not have much lower to hang its collective head when the latest batch of injury horror hit - backup Rashaun Grant may be out for the rest of the year.

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October 24, 2007

Virginia Tech: Taylor Still On The Table

Virginia Tech starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is still nursing a right ankle sprain, making him questionable for Thursday night's show-me-what-you-got ACC matchup with No. 2 Boston College. The Eagles are therefore preparing for both Taylor, a freshman, and former starter Sean Glennon, who will retake the reins if Taylor is not okay to play on Thursday. The problem is that these two QBs could not be more different in playing style, which effects offensive play calling and defensive prevention schemes. That's why Glennon got yanked in the first place.

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October 20, 2007

Georgia Tech: Tough Choice

ACC rushing leader Tashard Choice left Saturday's game against Army with a knee injury after a 7-yard run in the first quarter, and he may not be coming back for quite some time. The senior was helped off the field and went to the locker room on a stretcher, where he remained for the rest of the Yellow Jackets' 34-10 win, leaving his future rather cloudy.

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October 17, 2007

Virginia Tech: Oh Mono

Virginia Tech does not play another game until Oct. 25, but that does not mean that the team is taking any time off. That Oct. 25th game, after all, is against none other than the nation's No. 2 team, Boston College, and Tech will need all its guns firing in that matchup. One gun that will not be firing, however, will be that of starting linebacker Cam Martin, who has mononucleosis and may miss the team's next game, even after having this week to recover.

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October 04, 2007

Boston College: Smith All Set

For the first time since training camp, running back Jeff Smith practiced in pads on Tuesday. The sophomore had been dealing with long-lingering effects of a concussion he suffered six weeks ago, and had begun to doubt whether he would ever play again. But play he will, as Smith should be ready to go on Saturday when the No. 7 Eagles take on Bowling Green. And that's good news for head coach Jeff Jagodzinski, who had tabbed Smith as his primary kickoff returner and go-to running back. With the bulk of the ACC season still to come, there's plenty of time for Smith to fulfill his prophecy.

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September 28, 2007

Top 25 Updates

Week 5 is upon us and with conference matchups heating up around the country, the injury tally is climbing faster than Tim Tebow's Heisman rating. From No. 1 USC to No. 25-wanna-be Miami, everyone is dealing with something injury-related this week, but some news has been better than others.

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September 27, 2007

Boston College: Falling Eagles

As Saturday's game against the second-best team in the FCS inches closer, No. 12 Boston College is not pleased with the number of players that will be unavailable this weekend. UMass does not exactly rhyme with Appalachian State, but the comparison remains valid as the Minutemen attempt to upend the Eagles in Chestnut Hill on Saturday. Among those likely unable to help keep the FCS program from the upset will be running backs Jeff Smith and L.V. Whitworth, fullback James McCluskey, defensive end Nick Larkin, defensive tackle Brady Smith, linebacker Mike Morissey, safety Wes Davis, cornerback Roderick Rollins and kicker Billy Bennett.

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September 18, 2007

Georgia Tech: No Choice

Georgia Tech is already down in the dumps after taking a beating at the hands of Boston College in their ACC opener last weekend, but the Yellow Jackets got stung even worse with the news that defending conference rush leader Tashard Choice is questionable for Saturday's game at Virginia. The senior running back strained a hamstring in the third quarter of Saturday's 24-10 loss after recording only 31 yards rushing, his lowest total as a starter.

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September 14, 2007

Florida State: Smith's New Look

One week after sustaining a concussion in Florida State's 34-24 win over UAB, Seminole starting tailback Antone Smith will take the field on Saturday against Colorado, but he will sport a new protective look when he does so. The junior sat out of contact drills all week as a precautionary measure, and will be sporting a concussion-detecting helmet, Riddell's Revolution.

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September 08, 2007

N.C. State: Not Their Year

It certainly has not been the year of the Wolfpack. Spirits were down for the North Carolina State team long before Boston College handed them a 37-17 loss on Saturday night - their string of bad luck continues as the team announced a third starter would be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a knee injuiry. Defensive tackle Demario Pressley will join tight end Anthony Hill and running back Toney Baker on the disabled list, as a knee injury will take the senior off of the field for the rest of the season.

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September 06, 2007

Virginia: It Wasn't The Wrist

Virginia head coach Al Groh isn't blaming quarterback Jameel Sewell's surgically repaired left wrist for the poor performance he put together in the team's 23-3 loss at the hands of Wyoming last Saturday. (He may be blaming other parts of the second-year starter for completing just 11 of 23 passes and throwing two picks, like his decision-making skills, but the wrist is not the culprit.) Just the same, Groh is taking no chances, and keeping freshman quarterback Peter Lalich right where he can see him, out of a redshirt.

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September 05, 2007

Clemson: Win One, Lose Some

Clemson came away with the win on Monday night when Son beat Dad to take the Bowden Bowl 2007 title, but the Tigers' celebration was cut short by injury. Two starters, right guard Thomas Austin and defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson, were injured in the first half of the game and did not return - and Clemson hasn't said anything about the likelihood of their playing in this week's contest.

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September 02, 2007

NC State: Another Star Falls

NC State's offense has been absolutely decimated by injury, and things took another turn for the worse on Sunday. Top running back Toney Baker injured a knee in the Wolfpack's 25-23 season opening loss to Central Florida on Saturday, and the injury is severe enough that Baker will not return to the field in 2007.

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August 30, 2007

BC: Can't Hide Them Much Longer

Head coach Jeff Jagodzinski has been put through the ringer in his first weeks in Chestnut Hill, watching player after player go down with injuries of varying degrees, but he's insisting that everyone will be ready for Saturday's game. On the injury front, the first-year coach is happy to discuss Brian Toal's status, as the linebacker is taking a medical redshirt after undergoing shoulder surgery, but other than that, it's on us to figure out exactly who among the ailling will be pacing the sidelines on Saturday. And the list isn't particularly short.

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August 28, 2007

In or Out?

The official kickoff of the 2007 season is a mere three days away and injured players are now forced to answer a key question - are you in, or are you out? Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed is in, despite what official school reports say, while teammate Billy Pittman must sit out. Wake Forest defensive end Matt Robinson is in, the elusive Florida cornerback Markihe Anderson is questionable, and Michigan State tackle Mike Gyetvai is out.

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August 27, 2007

Florida State: Deal With It

Week one is officially upon us and that means no more excuses, especially when you're playing for Bobby Bowden. Florida State's head coach isn't particularly interested in hearing the details of his star running back's toe injury - junior Antone Smith has been running a bit slower recently, hampered by a nagging toe pain - and the coach has made clear that it's time for everyone to step up and get ready to play.

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August 25, 2007

Maryland: Hurting All Over

The field was rather bare during Maryland's final summer scrimmage this week, as nearly 20 Terps sat out the exercise with various injuries. By far the position hit hardest by the mounting losses is linebacker, where four players are out. But the receiving corps is not far behind - head coach Ralph Friedgen has reported that the Terps' top three receivers all missed the final scrimmage. As if by some cruel joke, that practice actually made matters worse, as another linebacker left the field with an injury.

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August 24, 2007

Miami: Not a Word (or a Picture)

While some professional players are busy faking injuries (see Bettis, Jerome), the University of Miami is trying to keep theirs as quiet as possible. Head coach Randy Shannon has told press that his most experienced tailback, senior Charlie Jones, will miss the first three games of the season, but he won't reveal any details on the injury or if surgery is required. If you found an unauthorized person with a video camera in your practice area, you might be tight-lipped, too.

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August 21, 2007

Miami: Wright "Nicked Up"

We know that Miami quarterback Kyle Wright did not participate in Monday's scrimmage, but head coach Randy Shannon won't tell us why. Revealing only that Wright is one of several players who has been "nicked up," the injury is most likely a hyperextended left knee, says the Miami Herald - pain through which Wright is expected to play.

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August 18, 2007

Bad Week for ACLs

It was a tough week for anterior cruciate ligaments across the world of college football. Four major contributors to four different programs tore their ACLs this week, leaving worries about replacements and depth in their wake.

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August 10, 2007

NC State: Flexible Freedom

If you can't touch your toes, you won't be playing for the Wolfpack this season. N.C. State head coach Tom O'Brien and strength coach Todd Rice have implemented a strict strength training regimen that incorporates far more flexibility training than is normally expected of football players, because Rice is convinced that stiff players are slow players. And he might be on to something.

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August 06, 2007

Comeback Kids

Isaac Newton was clearly a football fan. He figured out that for every team devastated by a player's injury, there is another team uplifted by a player's recovery. (Granted, he made it a bit more general, since the despair of losing a starting quarterback does not always equal the elation at getting a third-string linebacker back, but you get the idea.) In an effort to move away from the depressing news of season-ending injuries suffered on day one (add to that category Arizona defensive end Ron Jackson, who dislocated his hip after an offensive lineman fell on him), today's focus shifts to the equal-and-opposite-reaction side of the equation. The ever-diligent Rivals.com has come up with a list of the top 10 comeback players bringing hope and excitement to teams throughout the country, and their top two picks are not who you'd expect.

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August 05, 2007

Slow out of the Gate

Practices began across the country this past weekend, and most players were pumped to be back in pads. The less fortunate were stalking the sidelines, still hampered by lingering injuries or cursing themselves for developing new ones. Here's quick rundown on who got 2007 off on the wrong foot.

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August 02, 2007

N.C. State: Down Goes Hill; Former QB to Fill In

N.C. State has lost a huge chunk of its offense for the 2007 season, and there wasn't exactly a lot to lose. Senior tight end Anthony Hill, the team's leading receiver in 2006 and an integral part of the blocking scheme, is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery last week.

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