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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December 01, 2007

No QB, No Problem?

On Championship Saturday, two teams had to play without their starting quarterbacks, but that did not seem to matter much to either one. LSU starting QB Matt Flynn sat out the entire SEC Championship game with a sore shoulder, but sophomore Ryan Perrilloux stepped up when he stepped into the starting role. Over in Morgantown, West Virginia QB Pat White left the Backyard Brawl in the scoreless second quarter with a disloacted thumb on his non-throwing hand . Reports were that the stud signal-caller could not so much as move the thumb, and until that status changed, on the sideline he would stay.

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October 23, 2007

Rutgers: Teel Takes A Vow

For newly-minted No. 25 Rutgers, Saturday's game against No. 6 West Virginia is the biggest since, well, last Thursday. But just because it's "just another big game" does not mean Mike Teel is willing to sit this one out, bruised hand or no. Teel was limited in practice on Monday with a bruised right hand, his throwing hand, but definitively dismissed any question as to whether or not he would play against the Mountaineers, making a vow to take the field. But given the way his hand bothered him last week, that might not be such a good idea.

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October 19, 2007

USF: Walker Not Walking

No. 2 USF lost more than its pride and No. 2 ranking in Thursday night's loss to Rutgers - the Bulls also lost starting right tackle Walter Walker. The 6-foot-5, 333-pound senior went down midway through the third quarter and did not return, but more frighteningly, he was seen using a cane to scale the steep steps from the field level to the locker room following the game.

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October 11, 2007

Louisville: Kragthorpe Eats His Lack Of Words

Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe made very clear earlier this season how he feels about discussing injuries - and it wasn't warm or fuzzy. Kragthorpe's personal experiences as a player and now as a father of football-playing sons led him to develop a strict "no comment" policy on injury reports. Any injury that was not season-ending was not discussed at all, both as a means of gaining competitive advantage against opponents and to protect players from deliberate hits that might target injured players. But as of this week, Kragthorpe and the Cardinals will be issuing a weekly injury report the day before each game, listing players as either "questionable" or "probable" for participation.

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October 06, 2007

West Virginia: White Out, Again

After a game-time decision put West Virginia quarterback Pat White back into his starting role against Syracuse, another injury took him right back out. Midway throught the third quarter, the junior left the game and was not expected to return. Conflicting reports attributed the pain to a shoulder injury and rib irritation, but whatever the cause, the former Heisman hopeful left the game in pain. He sustained the injury while being tackled at the end of a 27-yard run. Jarrett Brown came in to replace him, as Brown did a week ago against USF, but this time he came into a much better situation, as the Mountainers led 38-7 when White left the game. White completed 12 of 15 pass attempts for 145 yards and a touchdown and carried the ball 14 times for 86 yards and another TD before leaving the game.

October 03, 2007

Cincinnati: Mauk's The Man

After several weeks of awkwardly dancing between two potential starting quarterbacks, Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly finally has his man. Senior Ben Mauk will be the guy, despite his surgically repaired right shoulder, and it's a good thing too - Mauk is watching the clock tick away on his collegiate football career and he's been confident in his ability to take over the offense for some time now. It was only a matter of bringing Kelly around to his point of view, and it looks las week's brilliant performance has allowed the 6-foot-1, 200-pound QB to finally bring Kelly into Camp Mauk.

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October 02, 2007

West Virginia: White Mystery

As of Tuesday, Pat White's thigh bruise is still bruising, which is bothering the No. 13 Mountaineers. West Virginia lost its starting quarterback in the second quarter of last week's loss to USF, and so far no decision has been reached as to when they will get him back. The junior said on Monday that he was "a lot better" after taking the off-day that followed a light practice on Sunday, but the Mountaineers are far from making the call as to who will start against Syracuse on Saturday.

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September 30, 2007

West Virginia: Grey Area For White

West Virginia cannot be pleased with anything that happened last Friday night. The Mountaineers were upended by No. 18 USF, the same conference team that upset them last year, and lost their starting quarterback in the process. Junior QB Pat White is listed as day-to-day as he recovers from a bruised thigh he sustained in the second quarter of Friday's game. White did not play in the second half as he hobbled around the sidelines with his thigh tightly wrapped, and it looks like we might have to get used to that picture, at least for a little while.

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September 28, 2007

West Virginia: White Seeing Red

West Virginia quarterback Pat White left Friday's game against USF with a bruised theigh late in the second quarter, but that wasn't the worst news the Mountaineers would receive for the evening. The Heisman Trophy candidate spent the rest of the game on the sideline, noticeably limping around while his teammates passed up several opportunities to get themselves back into a losing ballgame. The result put West Virginia on the bottom half of a 21-13 score, but White's injury is equally upsetting, as the junior quarterback was noticeably in pain throughout the second half and no words have been said about his return.

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September 27, 2007

Cincinnati: Mauk Debate

Cincinnati quaterback Ben Mauk has made it very clear to anyone who wants to know that surgically repaired right shoulder or no, he has no intention of sitting out any more games. The senior did plenty of sitting last season, when an injury in the season's first game kept him out for the rest of the season as a junior at Wake Forest. In his new digs at Cincinnati, Mauk earned himself the starting job, only to lose it again for the past two weeks due to soreness in that right shoulder. But given the option, sitting out this weekend's game against San Diego State is not on Mauk's list of things to do.

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September 20, 2007

Rutgers: Kitchen Back In

Backup safety Zaire Kitchen tore his ACL 10 months ago, and has been fighting every day to get back onto the field with his Scarlet Knight teammates. Last saturday, the sophomore finally got to play again, and Rutgers is just as happy as he is to have Kitchen running smoothly.

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September 18, 2007

Rutgers: Youth Lost, Literally

Rutgers has a proven star running back in Heisman Trophy candidate Ray Rice. That is for sure. Where there is less certainty is in who will fill the backup role behind him, and after Saturday, youth is certainly a problem for the Scarlet Knights. Backup running back Kordell Young injured his knee during Rutgers' 59-0 rout of Norfolk State on Saturday and will undergo surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the season, seriously narrowing the Knights' backfield and special teams options.

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September 14, 2007

The Virtue Of Silence

Kentucky and Louisville's rivalry extends so far outside the lines, it has infiltrated the injury report. When the Wildcats take on the Cardinals on Saturday, Steve Kragthorpe and Co. should be as familiar with the injuries plaguing Kentucky's lineup as the players themselves, but Rich Brooks' staff won't know what to expect until certain Cardinals remain on the bench at Commonwealth Stadium. And both coaches are well aware of the consequences of their choice to fill in or force out.

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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 02, 2007

Pittsburgh: Thumb Surgery for Stull

Pittsburgh starting quarterback Bill Stull left Saturday's game in the third quarter due to an injuy sustained on the thumb of his throwing hand, and the University has released that the junior will undergo surgery to repair that injury, keeping him off the field indefinitely.

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August 21, 2007

Rutgers: Line Em Up at Linebacker

It's hard to make a foolproof preseason plan. More often than not, in those precious few weeks between the start of fall camp and the first kickoff, things go wrong. After Monday, Rutgers is no exception. Middle linebacker Blair Bines broke his jaw in Monday's morning practice session, sidelining him for six weeks and sending head coach Greg Schiano's plan for his linebacking corps up in smoke.

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August 12, 2007

ACL Madness

This week's most popular injury was a common one - tearing the knee's anterior cruciate ligament - and it claimed the season of more than a few players. Pittsburgh wide receiver Derek Kinder is the most recent victim of the epidemic, tearing his ACL on Saturday, but he joins a long list of players whose seasons will be spent on the bench after making a cut in a routine drill.

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