January 25, 2008

Senior Bowl Busted

Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed can't catch a break. After an injury-plagued season allowed the senior to see time in only six of the team's 13 games, it looks like the Senior Bowl has been no nicer to him . Sweed aggravated an existing injury to his left wrist during one-on-one drills early in the week and as a result, has spent much of his senior week experience sitting and watching. Not exactly what this fifth-year senior, former all-conference selection had in mind.

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November 26, 2007

Big 12 Title Game: Each Side Loses One

Saturday's Big 12 title game will decide more than a conference champion. Should Missouri win, the Tigers will remain No. 1 in the BCS and play for the national title. Should Oklahoma win, the Sooners will move up and knock the Tigers out, but the championship game then depends on the plight of West Virginia. Either way, it's a complicated situation, made all the more complicated by the injuries hampering both teams. Oklahoma will play without top running back DeMarco Murray, who is having surgery this week that will end his season, and Missouri may be without half of its tight end tandem, as Chase Coffman is questionable with an ankle injury.

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November 19, 2007

Oklahoma: Terrible Timing

Just two days after Oklahoma's national title hopes slipped away with a 34-27 loss to Texas Tech, the Sooners' Big 12 South title, which was all but locked up before Saturday, now appears to be hanging in the balance. Oklahoma's leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, has a dislocated kneecap that will keep him out of Saturday's all-important game against Oklahoma State. With QB Sam Bradford questionable after sitting out three quarters-plus of the loss with a concussion, the Sooners' conference title hopes are suddenly in jeopardy.

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November 18, 2007

The Week Of The Broken QB

Week 12 was the week of the broken quarterback. After Oregon's Dennis Dixon went down with a torn ACL on Thursday night, Hawai'i's Colt Brennan lasted only two snaps before leaving his game on Friday to nurse the concussion that took him out of the last few minutes of the previous week's win. Then on Saturday, the barrage continued, as Michigan's Chad Henne was in and out of his team's loss to Ohio State with a shoulder injury and Oklahoma's Sam Bradford was knocked out of his team's loss to Texas Tech with a first-quarter concussion.

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November 09, 2007

Texas: Battered Defense

Texas squares off against Texas Tech this weekend in what should be another tough test for a Longhorn team that has underperformed all season, but this matchup adds some injury intrigue. The Red Raiders are known for their wide-open, spread-em-out offense, which requires a quick and athletic defense, especially the secondary, to stay with their high-speed receivers. But with an injured defense taking the field in Austin on Saturday, the Longhorns can't be looking forward to this Big 12 test.

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November 07, 2007

Oklahoma: Losing Their English

Oklahoma will face Big 12 bottom-feeder Baylor this Saturday without one of their top players. Defensive end Auston English, the Sooners' leading sack leader and Big 12 sack leader, suffered a hairline fracture in his right leg against Texas A&M, and will miss at least the Baylor game, although he should be on the bench for a 1-2 week recovery, at least.

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October 29, 2007

Nebraska: Apparently, It Gets Worse

Nebraska started the 2007 season touting its depth at quarterback, excited about the four-man race for the starting spot that had former Arizona State standout Sam Keller as a participant. A lot has changed since then, to say the least, and yet another nail was hammered into the coffin of this Huskers season when the team released on Monday that Keller will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

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October 27, 2007

Missouri: Brown Down

The lift No. 13 Missouri got from its 42-28 win over Iowa State on Saturday cannot compare with the loss that hit the team during the game. Safety Cornelius "Pig" Brown ruptured his right Achilles' tendon in the fourth quarter of the win, dealing a huge blow to a defense that was steadily improving for the 7-1 Tigers.

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October 09, 2007

Texas-Sized Problems

With an 0-2 Big 12 record, Texas is off to its worst conference start in 51 years, their starting quarterback is in the full swing of a sophomore slump and the team's most talented receiver is suddenly out of the picture. It is not a pretty picture in Texas.

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October 01, 2007

Texas: Count Colt In

After suffering a mild concussion (and a major case of frustration) during Texas' 41-21 loss to Kansas State on Saturday, starting quarterback Colt McCoy will be just that this week -- starting -- when No. 19 Texas takes on No. 10 Oklahoma in a far-less-important Red River Shootout. The sophomore passed a series of tests by team doctors before telling media on Monday that he "feels fine." He may not for much longer if his Longhorns do not start playing better football.

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September 29, 2007

Texas: Extreme Deja Vous

Saturday afternoon must have been horrifyingly familiar for No. 7 (for a few more hours) Texas. The Longhorns faced off against Kansas State, the team that kocked them off by a score of 45-42 at the end of last season, thereby roping the Longhorns out of the national title picture and taking out their starting quarterback in the process - quarterback Colt McCoy injured his neck on a one-yard run in the game's opening drive and sat out the rest of the contest. This time it took a little longer, but the same chorus sounded its ugly refrain in Austin: Kansas State topped Texas and injured McCoy while they did so.

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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

Oklahoma: Wrist Movement Is Just Fine

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy broke a bone in his right hand against Miami, but has found a way to keep playing. The 6-foot-4, 291-pound redshirt freshman missed the following game against Utah State before finding an on-field cast that allowed him to come back last week against Tulsa. McCoy only wears the cast while playing or practicingand although he cannot grab with his right hand while wearing it, he can move his wrist, which gave him enough movement to be able to record his first tackle of the season in last week's game.

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September 24, 2007

Oklahoma: Major Victory, Major Injury

Oklahoma defensive end John Williams put a damper on the Sooners' 62-21 victory over Tulsa when he tore his Achilles tendon in the third quarter of Friday's game, sidelining him for the rest of the year. This is not the first time Williams has felt the pain of a season-ending injury. The 6-foot-5, 256-pound defensive end was primed for a big season in 2005 before tearing his ACL in the season opener -- but not before he could record four tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery, just enough to make Oklahoma coaches drool about the power he would bring to the Sooner defense once healthy. Now, the coaches may never find out; since Williams redshirted in 2003, this should be his final year of eligibility, unless an application for a sixth season is approved by the NCAA.

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September 18, 2007

Nebraska: Down And Out

Nebraska lost a lot to USC last Saturday - a high ranking, momentum and offensive lineman Andy Christensen. The junior will miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury sustained in the game, but coach Bill Callahan has not given any more details or specifics on the diagnosis. Christensen was one of the most experienced linemen on the Huskers' roster, having started six of last season's final eight games. Callahan said that Christensen is the only player that has been ruled out of this Saturday's matchup with Ball State, but did not discuss who might replace the 6-foot-3, 305-pound lineman.

September 16, 2007

Texas: Half Truths

Texas released a statement after its oh-so-close win over UCF saying that senior wide receiver Limas Sweed could have returned from a left ankle injury in the second quarter. Obviously, Sweed did not come back onto the field, which begs the question, why?

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September 15, 2007

Texas: Sweating Sweed

Wide receiver Limas Sweed is watching his Longhorns try to make a fourth-quarter comeback from the sidelines. The senior is having his ankle retaped after catching just one pass for nine yards and with Texas trailing UCF by one point in the fourth quater, they could really use the 6-foot-5, 219-pound senior's height advantage off of that cart and back on the field.

September 14, 2007

Oklahoma: Missing McCoy

Oklahoma is enjoying the view from the nation's No. 3 spot after disposing of Miami last weekend, but the win was not so sweet for starting defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The redshirt freshman broke his right hand against Miami and will not get the start against Utah State on Saturday. McCoy was back in practices by Tuesday with his right hand in a cast that he says is not at all painful, but does slow him down. If McCoy does get in the game this Saturday, his playing time will certainly be limited.

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September 10, 2007

Torn-Up Texans

Texas and Texas A&M both notched big wins last weekend - Texas topping TCU and A&M knocking of Fresno State in triple overtime - but neither team came away fully healthy. A&M fullback Chris Alexander injured his left leg in the first half, taking him out for the remainder of the game, and Texas offensive tackle Adam Ulatoski banged up his right elbow, bringing his status into question for Saturday's game with Central Florida.

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September 07, 2007

Texas: Bye Bye Brian

Texas is in a must-win situation when No. 19 TCU comes to town on Saturday, and the Longhorns will have to snuff the Horned Frogs without the help of defensive end Brian Okrapo. The junior suffered a knee injury in last weekend's 21-13 sneak-by win over Arkansas State and will miss the oh-so-important statement matchup with TCU.

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September 04, 2007

False Alarms

There was plenty of bad news released on the injury front following week one's games, but coaches at Auburn, Arizona State and Kansas State are all breathing sighs of relief as they find out that their players will be ready to go this Saturday. Each team had a player get roughed up in their season opener, but Auburn linebacker Tray Blackmon, Arizona State running back Keegan Herring and Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman should all take the field with little damage for week two.

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August 31, 2007

Missouri vs. Illinois: In and Out

When Missouri faces off against Illinois on Saturday in the season opener for both teams, the Tigers will welcome back a lost man while the Illini bemoan their bad luck. Missouri defensive back Hardy Ricks disloacted his left shoulder during the second week of preseason practice, but will be back hitting people this weekend in St. Louis. Meanwhile, Illinois was not so lucky, as starting wide receiver Chris James is lost for the season after injuring his ACL.

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SMU: Musing on Defense

SMU is hoping 2007 will be a breakout year. After coming tantalizingly close to a bowl game in 2006, this season is supposed to be it for the Mustangs. Their first test is undeniably a tough one - they face one of the nation's best offenses in a nationally televised contest when Texas Tech comes to town on Monday, and that test will be even tougher without all-conference defensive end Cory Muse. The senior has a groin strain that makes him doubtful for the opener, further decreasing the possibility of an SMU upset, perhaps beyond resurgence.

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August 29, 2007

Oklahoma: No Peterson and No Patrick Could be a Problem

The big talk coming out of Oklahoma this preseason has been simple - we don't need Adrian Peterson; sure he was super-human and could carry the ball for weeks at a time, but we played better without him! And truth be told, they had a point - in games played without the star running back, Oklahoma averaged more rush yards than when he was suiting up. The big name replacing Peterson's production was tailback Allen Patrick, but with the senior still battling an ankle sprain, the run game in Norman has come under some duress.

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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 17, 2007

Texas: Sweed Update

After an MRI, Texas has changed its mind - wide receiver Limas Sweed will be ready for the team's season opener on September 1. The senior sprained his left wrist during a scrimmage on Wednesday morning.

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August 16, 2007

Texas: Limas Lost

Colt McCoy is going to have to find someone else to go hunting with - and play catch with - for the next few weeks. His go-to pass catcher, senior All-Big 12 wide receiver Limas Sweed, sprained his left wrist during a scrimmage on Wednesday and he will be out for at least three weeks. That's an enormous loss for the Longhorns, and not just because Sweed is 6-foot-5.

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August 10, 2007

Baylor: Capitalizing on Opportunity

It is the mantra of most coaches that players will not lose their starting spots on account of injury, but that doesn't stop backup players from doing everything they can to make life very difficult for the starters biding their time on the bench. At Baylor, the number of would-be starters sidelined by injury in steadily growing, and as expected, backups are taking advantage accordingly.

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August 08, 2007

Mid-Week Roundup

We're only halfway through the first week of practice, and there's already been a lot of painful news coming out of training camps. Today's casualties include Iowa State, Hawai'i and Missouri.

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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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