Month: November 2020

Posted in College Football

Behind the Numbers – 16 Interesting Stats from Week 11 (Nov 14)

Some of these 16 stats from Week 11 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or for specific positions or teams.

Florida QB Kyle Trask passed for 356 yards and 6 TDs on Saturday. On the season Trask leads the nation in TD passes with 28 (next closest is 23) and is 4th in passing yards per game with 361.8, behind only Dillon Gabriel, Carson Strong and Mac Jones. With Florida at 5-1, is Trask a viable Heisman contender?

Illinois QB Isaiah Williams threw for 104 yards and rushed for 31/192-1, while Louisville QB Malik Cunningham passed for 161 yards and rushed for 20/197-2 on Saturday. Both efforts were the only times this season a QB has thrown for more than 100 yards while rushing for more than 180 yards. With Illinois QB Brandon Peters returning this week it will be interesting to see if Williams stays the starter.

South Carolina RB Kevin Harris rushed for 25/243-5 against Ole Miss. 245 yards was the season-high for rushing yards in a game, surpassing SMU RB Ulysses Bentley’s 227.

When North Carolina beat Wake Forest 59-53 on Saturday, it appears to be the first 59-53 final score in major college football history (credit: Matt Brown).

Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore had 13/225-2 receiving against South Carolina. There have only been seven 225 yard receiving games this season, and Moore has 3 of them.

Since volume matters, only 3 players had 30+ rushing attempts in week 11 – RB Caleb Huntley (Ball State), 34/204-3, RB Mohamed Ibrahim (Minnesota), 33-144-0, and QB Isaiah Williams (Illinois), 31/192-1. Williams was the first QB this season with a 30-carry game.

Only two Big Ten players have three 100 yard receiving games this season – Rashod Bateman (Minnesota) and Garrett Wilson (Ohio State). In Minnesota’s loss to Iowa last week QB Tanner Morgan only threw for 167 yards, but 111 of those were to Bateman.

Bowling Green QB Matt McDonald has passed for 14/50 over his last two games combined. Only 3 QBs this season with at least 50 passes attempted have a less than 45% completion rate. McDonald is easily the lowest with 28%, next are Keon Howard (Tulane) at 44.1%, and Joey Yellen (Pitt) with 44.7%.

Ole Miss QB Matt Corral had 513-4 on 28/32 passing, while UNC QB Sam Howell was 32/45-550-6. Only four times this season has a QB passed for 500-4, the other two were KJ Costello (Miss State) and Dillon Gabriel (UCF). To put Corral’s numbers in context – for players with 32 or fewer pass attempts this season, no one else had passed for more than 450 yards, next closest was interestingly Sam Howell, who had a 23/28-443-4 line on Oct. 31st.

East Carolina QB Holton Ahlers was held to 9/20-87 yards, 0 TDs and 3 Ints against Cincinnati on Friday. It was only the second time this season a QB with 20+ attempts had less than 100 yards passing and 3 interceptions, the other was Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa in their season-opener.

UTSA RB Brendan Brady rushed for 26/124-0 on Saturday with RB Sincere McCormick out. UTSA became only the second school this season to have two different players with 25 rushing attempts in a game (Brady and McCormick), the other is SMU with RBs TJ McDaniel and Ulysses Bentley.

Akron RB Teon Dollard had 22 carries for 165 yards last Tuesday, and now has 232 rushing yards through two games. Last season Akron’s leading rusher for the ENTIRE SEASON was Brandon Lee with 179 yards.

Nevada QB Carson Strong had previously thrown for 350+ yards in five straight games going back into last season, but only had 336 yards on 24/38 passing last week against New Mexico. Strong was one of nine QBs to pass for more than 330 yards last week.

Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder has thrown for 886-8 and rushed for 398-9 in his last 4 games. The last QB to reach all of those numbers over a four-game span was Lamar Jackson (Louisville) during his 2016 Heisman season (credit: Stats by Stats).

Georgia Southern has now had five different players with 100 yard rushing games this season – RB Logan Wright became the 5th with his 103 yard game on Saturday after JD King went down for the season with a knee injury last week. The five who have rushed for 100 yards are QB Shai Werts and RBs JD King, Wesley Kennedy, Gerald Green and Logan Wright.

While the Pac-12 has dealt with some games being postponed, only one player has two 100 yard receiving games this season – USC WR Amon-Ra St. Brown with games of 7/100 and 7/113. On a similar note, USC QB Kedon Slovis is the only Pac-12 player with two 300 yard passing games this season.

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CFB Injury Updates from Saturday November 14

I break down the injury news from this past weekend with notes on each player who may have been dealing with injuries.

A few notes about this list, being on it does not for sure mean a player is “injured”, but rather:

  • They may have missed the game due to a known injury (ok, this does mean they are injured)
  • They may have gone out of the game due to injury and not returned (sometimes with an official announcement from the team)
  • They may have left the game but returned, or at least attempted to return (sometimes these guys end up banged up enough to miss future games)
  • They may have had a vague twitter mention about possibly being injured or leaving a game, so it’s something on my radar

I’ll continue to post any updates I see during the week, those will be added to daily updates as well as the injury database.

If you are aware of a fantasy-relevant injury from this weekend that you don’t see here (or don’t see listed in the database), or think anything shared here is incomplete, please tag me on twitter with a link and let me know, thanks!

List of Potential Injury News from Saturday Nov 14 (unless noted):

  • WR Tutu Atwell, Louisville – was a surprise scratch announced by the team in pregame for undisclosed reasons, this initially felt covid-related but after news that Javian Hawkins had opted out you have to wonder what might be next for Atwell. On Monday morning he was stated to be dealing with an injury.
  • RB Mulbah Car, Houston – limped off in the 1st quarter, was looked at and returned, but in the middle of the 2nd quarter was injured again. Came out for the second half in street clothes on the sideline and in postgame he was said to have tweaked an ankle injury.
  • WR KeSean Carter, Texas Tech – in the 4th quarter he was tackled on a reception, he walked off with trainers with a possible arm/shoulder injury. He was out earlier this season with an elbow injury, so it could be related, but that is speculation.
  • QB Henry Colombi, Texas Tech – he gave way to QB Alan Bowman and in postgame was said to have banged up his left elbow, but postgame quotes were “he’s a go” and that he could have gone back into the game.
  • RB Trestan Ebner, Baylor – only had one carry and in postgame was said to have experienced some muscle tightness in pregame and tried to go but was unable to
  • WR Emeka Emezie, NC State – in the 3rd quarter he was injured on a pass play and went to the locker room, was said to be questionable to return. The postgame comment was that he was “fine”.
  • RB C’Bo Flemister, Notre Dame – went down after a run in the 4th quarter, trainers appeared to be looking at his left leg. In postgame it was said that “it doesn’t appear to be serious”.
  • WR Danny Gray, SMU – on a pass attempt in the 4th quarter he went down and was grabbing at his wrist, which may be the same issue that caused him to miss time earlier this season
  • WR Donavon Greene, Wake Forest – in the fourth quarter it was noticed he was not on the sideline and in postgame the coach simply replied “he got injured”
  • TE Chase Hancock, Georgia Southern – injured early in the 3rd quarter and had to be carted off
  • RB Javian Hawkins, Louisville – was a surprise scratch announced by the team in pregame for undisclosed reasons, this initially felt covid-related but on Monday morning he announced he was opting out of the season to prepare for the NFL draft
  • RB Keyon Henry-Brooks, Vanderbilt – left the game in the second half as he had to be carted off the field. In game broadcast said he was going to get x-rays on his ribs. The team did not have a postgame update but did say that RB Ja’Veon Marlow would return from suspension next week.
  • WR Tavares Kelly, Virginia – shaken up on a kickoff return in the 3rd quarter and was down on the ground a while, appeared to take a shot to the head
  • QB Katravis Marsh, South Florida – came in the game late in relief and got hit as he tried to throw leading to a turnover and defensive TD. He didn’t return and in postgame the team did not have an update when asked.
  • RB Sincere McCormick, UTSA – was unavailable due to the birth of his daughter
  • RB Marcus McElroy, Colorado State – left the game Thursday night in the first quarter holding his left shoulder/collarbone area after getting tackled on a carry and did not return
  • RB Dedrick Mills, Nebraska – only had 3 carries, in postgame was said to be “nicked up, he will be fine”
  • TE James Mitchell, Virginia Tech – in the 2nd quarter he went down after a pass interference call and was hobbled and looked at by trainers and did not appear to return. He had just worked his way back from an injury to play in this game, unclear if this is related.
  • WR Mycah Pittman, Oregon – was not seen in pregame and was a surprise late scratch. His father actually tweeted that Mycah was 100% healthy and it wasn’t until the afternoon of gameday that he was ruled out. In postgame the coach comment was “Those guys did nothing wrong. They were not available tonight.”
  • TE Kyle Pitts, Florida – early in the day was said to be out Saturday night and then in postgame it was shared he had surgery on his nose after taking a hit to the head last week and would be out 11/21 weekend as well.
  • TE Tony Poljan, Virginia – in the first half he was hit near the goal line and fumbled, then looked at by trainers, I do not believe he returned
  • WR Kendric Pryor, Wisconsin – was ruled out in the second half by the team with an upper body injury
  • TE Brady Russell, Colorado – in the first quarter he was helped off the field with a lower leg/foot injury. He went to the medical tent and was seen with his right shoe off. He appeared to get it taped but was later seen without a helmet as he did not return.
  • QB Anthony Russo, Temple – did not play due to covid protocols and in postgame it was shared that the team knew as early as Monday that he would be out. Had he not been in covid protocol the team said he would have been cleared to play from his previous shoulder injury.
  • RB Shaki Seymour, Toledo – on Wednesday night he did not play in the second half and was seen on the sideline without a helmet, in postgame was said to be “a little banged up”. On Sunday it was reported by the team that Seymour’s mother passed away several days ago and that he was dealing with that which is why he didn’t play in the second half, so the “banged up” comment sounds like the coach was just looking out for Seymour’s privacy.
  • QB Zac Thomas, App State – in the fourth quarter he took a late hit out of bounds and had to be back-boarded and carted off where he taken by ambulance to the hospital. The team later shared he had feeling in all extremities and had been released. He tweeted last night “I am doing good and ready to get back with the team.”
  • QB Tyler Vitt, Texas State – left the game in the 2nd quarter and was seen with his left hand heavily wrapped. He was later seen in street clothes after a reported possible dislocation of his hand/wrist.
  • WR De’Vion Warren, Arkansas – injured in 4th quarter, was down on the field with helmet off in pain, limped off field and did not return
  • RB Kyren Williams, Notre Dame – near the end of the first half he landed on his shoulder coming out of the backfield on a pass route and was looked at by trainers on the sideline. In postgame it was said that he was “banged up” but could have returned.
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CFB Player Updates – Sat. November 14

These updates are a mix of inactives, players who returned to action, QB starters, and some simple injury updates (but not all). Look for a separate post later today (Sunday) with in-depth Saturday injury news.

List of Updates from November 14 (unless noted):

QBs: Graham Mertz (Wisconsin) was able to return from covid protocols as was Davis Mills (Stanford), while Anthony Russo (Temple) was out due to covid protocols. Nick Starkel (San Jose State) was able to start after being injured last weekend, but Jordan Travis (Florida State) did not travel after getting banged up last Saturday. Luke McCaffrey (Nebraska) got the start over Adrian Martinez.

  • Josh Adkins, UTSA – cleared to play and available, played as a backup
  • Christian Anderson, Army – started after missing games
  • Brennan Armstrong, Virginia – started
  • Gerry Bohanon, Baylor – did not travel due to off-field issues, back with team Sunday
  • Jack Coan, Wisconsin – warmed up but unavailable
  • Cade Fortin, USF – unavailable
  • Trae Hall, New Mexico – started with Tuioti out
  • Collin Hill, South Carolina – started
  • Noah Johnson, USF – did not travel
  • Trey Lowe, Southern Miss – started w/Abraham & Whatley out
  • Luke McCaffrey, Nebraska – started over Adrian Martinez
  • Jordan McCloud USF – started with Noah Johnson out
  • Graham Mertz, Wisconsin – started
  • Davis Mills, Stanford – started
  • Re-al Mitchell, Temple – started with Russo out
  • Dylan Morris, Washington – started season-opener
  • Brandon Peters, Illinois – out, covid
  • Javion Posey, FAU – started over Nick Tronti (Friday)
  • Chubba Purdy, Florida State – started with Travis out
  • Matt Robinson, Illinois – out, did not travel
  • Anthony Russo, Temple – did not travel, covid protocols
  • Nick Starkel, San Jose State – started after injury last week
  • Kevin Thomson, Washington – not dressed
  • Jordan Travis, Florida State – did not travel
  • Tevaka Tuioti, New Mexico – out
  • Tate Whatley, Southern Miss – did not play
  • Isaiah Williams, Illinois – started over Coran Taylor with Peters out
  • Terry Wilson, Kentucky – started over Joey Gatewood
  • Chase Wolf, Wisconsin – unavailable

RBs: Javian Hawkins (Louisville) was a surprise late scratch, as was Sincere McCormick (UTSA – personal reasons) and Kyle Porter (Houston). Leddy Brown (West Virginia) was able to play after getting banged up last weekend but Daetrich Harrington (App State) was not able to suit up.

  • Anthony Adkins, Army – returned to action
  • Max Borghi, Washington State – did not play, injury
  • Isaiah Bowser, Northwestern – returned to action
  • Leddie Brown, West Virginia – played after banged up last week
  • Malcolm Davidson, FAU – returned to action (Friday)
  • King Doerue, Purdue – season debut
  • David Ellis, Indiana – season debut
  • Darrian Felix, USF – unavailable
  • Alex Fontenot, Colorado – out
  • Johnny Ford, South Florida – out
  • Frank Gore, Southern Miss – played
  • Garrett Groshek, Wisconsin – unavailable
  • Isaac Guerendo, Wisconsin – unavailable
  • Hassan Hall, Louisville – unavailable
  • Daetrich Harrington, App State – unavailable
  • Javian Hawkins, Louisville – unavailable
  • Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech – played
  • Lexington Joseph, FIU – out for season (Friday)
  • Wesley Kennedy, Georgia Southern – played after injury last week
  • Keshawn King, Virginia Tech – available
  • John Lovett, Baylor – unavailable
  • Ja’Veon Marlow, Vanderbilt – suspended, will be back next week
  • Demetrius Mauney, East Carolina – did not play (Friday)
  • Sincere McCormick, UTSA – unavailable, personal reasons
  • Knowledge McDaniel, Marshall – unavailabkle
  • Darius Pinnix, ECU – did not play (Friday)
  • Kyle Porter, Houston – not dressed
  • Treyson Potts, Minnesota – dressed, did not play (Friday)
  • Darien Rencher, Clemson – announces he has covid
  • Corey Taylor, Tulsa – returned to action (one pass target assuming box score is accurate)
  • Ronald Thompkins, Nebraska – returned to action
  • Lawrance Toafili, Florida State – was unavailable
  • Ronnie Walker, Virginia – played

WRs & TEs: Tutu Atwell (Louisville) was not able to play for undisclosed reasons and TE Kyle Pitts (Florida) was out after sustaining a hard hit to the head last weekend. Connor Wedington (Stanford) was able to play after clearing protocols and TE Brevin Jordan (Miami) returned to action as well. Mycah Pittman (Oregon) was a curious late scratch on Saturday night.

  • Shadeed Ahmed, Marshall – returned to action
  • Jackson Anthrop, Purdue – season debut
  • Tutu Atwell, Louisville – unavailable
  • TE Dylan Autenrieth, NC State – unavailable
  • Jose Barbon, Temple – dressed
  • TE Jaheim Bell, South Carolina – played
  • Devin Boddie, Vanderbilt – did not play
  • Tre’Von Bradley, Houston – not dressed
  • Sam Crawford, Tulsa – played
  • Maliq Carr, Purdue – warmed up
  • Brian Casteel, Arizona – not dressed
  • Beau Corrales, UNC – out, injury
  • TE Devin Culp, Washington – not dressed
  • Derius Davis, TCU – unavailable
  • Lavel Davis, Virginia – returned to action
  • Drew Dixon, Arizona – not dressed
  • TE Matt Dotson, Michigan St – not dressed
  • Jack Dunn, Wisconsin – unavailable
  • Evan Fairs, Virginia Tech – unavailable
  • Ethan Fernea, UCLA – (Sunday)
  • Jsi Hatfield, ECU – returned to action (Friday)
  • Akeem Hayes, Kentucky – returned to action
  • JJ Holloman, FIU – returned to action (Friday)
  • Berkeley Holman, Northwestern – unavailable
  • Calvin Jackson, Washington State – not dressed
  • Steve Jenkins, UNLV – did not travel
  • Jamarye Joiner, Arizona – played (was listed as questionable by some)
  • Randle Jones, Temple – out
  • Tim Jones, Southern Miss – returned to action
  • TE Brevin Jordan, Miami – returned to action
  • TE Hunter Kampmoyer, Oregon – unavailable
  • Talik Keaton, Marshall – unavailable
  • TE Ko Kieft, Minnesota – returned to action (Friday)
  • Adam Krumholz, Wisconsin – available
  • TE Bruno Labelle, Cinci – unavailable (Friday)
  • Braden Lenzy, Notre Dame – out, hamstring
  • Jaivian Lofton, Liberty – not dressed
  • Omar Manning, Nebraska – not dressed
  • Jimmy Marshall, MTSU – out
  • TE David Martin-Robinson, Temple – dressed
  • TE Cam McCormick, Oregon – unavailable
  • Javon McKinley, Notre Dame – played
  • Dyelan Miller, Arizona – not dressed
  • TE James Mitchell, Virginia Tech – played
  • Rondale Moore, Purdue – unavailable
  • TE Garet Morrell, Marshall – unavailable
  • Tre Mosley, Michigan State – unavailable
  • KD Nixon, Colorado – dressed, did not play
  • Tre Nixon, UCF – early pregame but not suited up for game
  • Sterling Palmer, FIU – returned to action (Friday)
  • Devon Pauley, Louisiana – did not play due to contact tracing
  • Alec Pierce, Cincinnati – played (Friday)
  • TE Darius Pittman, Temple – dressed
  • Mycah Pittman, Oregon – not warm up
  • TE Kyle Pitts, Florida – out
  • Michael Redding, Miami – available
  • Dalton Rigdon, Texas Tech – played
  • Bryan Robinson, Florida State – not in warmups
  • TE Gavin Sharp, UTSA – unavailable
  • La’Vontae Shenault, Colorado – season debut
  • Trevon Sidney, Illinois – unavailable
  • TE Ben Sims, Baylor – unavailable
  • Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa – returned after suspension (Friday)
  • Keyshawn Smith, Miami – warmed up
  • Marquez Stevenson, Houston – out
  • TE Jack Stoll, Nebraska – returned to action
  • TE Khameron Taylor, Indiana – unavailable
  • Broc Thompson, Marshall – unavailable
  • Tyquan Thornton, Baylor – unavailable
  • Dayton Wade, Western Kentucky – unavailable
  • Connor Wedington, Stanford – season debut
  • TE Spencer Webb, Oregon – unavailable
  • Jordan Young, Florida State – not in warmups
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Fantasy Depth Charts for Nov 14 Games

Following are the fantasy-relevant starting depth charts released by the teams, along with any notes and last year’s stats, for FBS teams playing their FIRST games of the season Nov. 14.

  • Teams are in alphabetical order on the date they play.
  • Starters on depth chart are listed, for full charts see posts on twitter
  • Post will be continually updated as more depth charts are released
  • Stats listed are from 2019

Saturday November 14:

Arizona depth chart:

  • QB: Grant Gunnell (1239-9)
  • RB: Gary Brightwell (390-5)
  • WRs: Boobie Curry (6/68), Jamarye Joiner (34/552), Brian Casteel (45/397)
  • TE: Bryce Wolma (5/62)

Cal depth chart (postponed Saturday but re-scheduled for a Sunday game against UCLA):

  • QB: Chase Garbers (1772-14)
  • RB: Christopher Brown (914-8)
  • FB: Drew Schlegel (Kentucky transfer)
  • WRs: Nikko Remigio (38/513), Kekoa Crawford (16/272)
  • TE: Collin Moore (2/11)

Utah depth chart (postponed again):

  • QB: Drew Lisk (52-0) OR Jake Bentley (142-1 – South Carolina) OR Cameron Rising
  • RB: Devin Brumfield (263-2) OR Jordan Wilmore (194-1)
  • WRs: Bryan Thompson (18/461), Solomon Enis (14/158), Britain Covey (10/77)
  • TE: Cole Fotheringham (16/156)OR Brant Kuithe (34/602)

Washington depth chart:

  • QB: Ethan Garbers OR Dylan Morris OR Jacob Sirmon (19-0) OR Kevin Thomson
  • RB: Kamari Pleasant (35-0)
  • WRs: Puka Nacua (7/168), Terrell Bynum (31/368), Ty Jones
  • TE: Cade Otton (32/344)
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CFB Injuries & Updates – Thur-Fri. November 12-13

In Thursday QB news, Southern Miss’ Jack Abraham will reportedly sit out the rest of the season, while Stanford’s Davis Mills status is unclear despite a report his covid test last week was a false positive. USF RB Johnny Ford posted on social media that he his out due to quarantining, and West Virginia RB Leddie Brown has been limited in practice but is hopeful to play. In the Thursday night game Boise State QB Hank Bachmeier was able to start but RB George Holani remained out.

On Friday news came out confirming Stanford QB Davis Mills‘ false positive and he was cleared to play along with teammate WR Connor Wedington. South Carolina QB Collin Hill was also reported to be the starter this weekend.

List of Injuries & Updates from November 1213:

QBs:

  • Jack Abraham, Southern Miss – choosing to sit out rest of season after dealing with concussion as well as COVID
  • Hank Bachmeier, Boise State – started Thursday night
  • Collin Hill, South Carolina – reportedly will start this weekend
  • Justice McCoy, Colorado State – has moved to WR
  • Davis Mills, Stanford – reportedly held out last weekend due to a false positive test, will be available Saturday
  • McKenzie Milton, UCF – progressing but not ready to suit up yet
  • Kenny Pickett, Pitt – starting again this week (game postponed)
  • Jack Sears, Boise State – unavailable Thursday night
  • Gunnar Watson, Troy – hopeful to return this week but status up in the air (game postponed)

RBs:

  • Anthony Adkins, Army – expected to play this week after missing last game
  • Max Borghi, Washington State – described by Theo Lawson as “seems unlikely he’ll play” on Saturday
  • Leddie Brown, West Virginia – hopeful to play although has been limited in practice
  • King Doerue, Purdue – potential gametime decision
  • David Ellis, Indiana – gametime decision this week
  • Johnny Ford, South Florida – self-reports on social media that he is out due to covid contact tracing
  • George Holani, Boise State – unavailable Thursday night
  • Marcus McElroy, Colorado State – left Thursday night game with injury
  • Sevion Morrison, Nebraska – recovering from injury
  • Danny Smith, Boise State – season debut Thursday night
  • Ronald Thompkins, Nebraska – back at practice

WRs & TEs:

  • TE John Bates, Boise State – did not play Thursday night
  • Stefan Cobbs, Boise State – played Thursday night
  • Octavius Evans, Boise State – unavailable Thursday night
  • TE Jake Hausmann, Ohio State – return in another week or so
  • Jordan Kerley, Arizona State – enters transfer portal after previously opting out
  • Braden Lenzy, Notre Dame – remains out, hamstring, should be back Nov 27 game
  • TE Tobias Little, Louisville – enters transfer portal, left program prior to start of season
  • DJ Matthews – announces transfer from Florida State to Indiana
  • Javon McKinley, Notre Dame – should return to practice today clearing concussion protocol
  • Rondale Moore, Purdue – could be gametime decision
  • TE Keveon Mullins, South Carolina – out for some time
  • Tre Nixon, UCF – looks good in practice, status up to team doctors
  • Marquez Stevenson, Houston – “not quite there yet” to play this week
  • Khiyon Wafer, Houston – season-ending shoulder injury in practice
  • Connor Wedington, Stanford – available Saturday after false positive confirmed
Posted in College Basketball

CBB Player Updates – Week of Nov. 9-15

(Post continually updated throughout the week)

This week Eric Hunter (Purdue) was announced to be out 6-8 weeks after a scrimmage injury, and Charles Minlend (Louisville) will be out around 6 weeks with a sprained MCL. In more positive news, Both Gach is eligible at Minnesota as is Erik Stevenson at Washington, and Samuell Williamson (Louisville) returned to practice this week, while Bryce Aiken (Seton Hall) was cleared to practice.

List of College Basketball Updates, Injuries & Transfers this week:

  • Bryce Aiken, Seton Hall – cleared to practice (knee)
  • Bryan Antoine, Villanova – right shoulder injury, may be out a while
  • Akol Arop, Nebraska – out for season after knee surgery
  • N’Faly Dante, Oregon – ready to go after dealing with knee issues
  • Emmanuel Dowuona, Purdue – still not practicing (breathing issues)
  • Jase Febres, Texas – not yet medically cleared
  • Both Gach, Minnesota – eligible after transfer for Utah
  • Anthony Harris, UNC – not yet fully medically cleared (knee)
  • AJ Hoggard, Michigan State – has been out due to meniscus surgery but expected to be ready for the start of the season
  • Eric Hunter, Purdue – left scrimmage with injury, has fractured tibia, out 6-8 weeks
  • Luke Kasubke, Kansas State – hopeful to be ready in December as recovers from foot injury
  • Jefferson Koulibaly, Washington State – out for season with arm injury
  • Carlton Linguard, Kansas State – was out with back injury but getting back to action
  • Noah Locke, Florida – not yet fully cleared for all activities after hip surgery
  • Issac McBride, Vanderbilt – eligible after transfer from Kansas
  • Charles Minlend, Louisville – out 6 weeks with sprained MCL
  • Ethan Morton, Purdue – mono, may return in a week
  • Erik Stevenson, Washington – eligible after transfer from Wichita State
  • Anthony Walker, Miami – out around two more weeks, knee
  • Jae’Lyn Withers, Louisville – minor ankle tweak, should return soon
  • Samuell Williamson, Louisville – returned to practice Wednesday
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CFB Injuries & Updates – Wed. November 11

On Wednesday Florida State announced that WR Tamorrion Terry was no longer part of the program and QB James Blackman has left the team toward the likely goal of graduating and transferring. Penn State RB Journey Brown was confirmed to be out for the season as his football playing career is over due to a heart condition.

Bad day for the JDs, as TCU WR JD Spielman is done for the season, as is Georgia Southern RB JD King. The big surprise of Wednesday night MACtion was Eastern Michigan WR Hassan Beydoun being unavailable.

List of Injuries & Updates from November 11:

QBs:

  • Christian Anderson, Army – QB2 on depth chart after missing time
  • James Blackman, Florida State – leaving team to focus on school, potential transfer
  • Florida Atlantic – has not yet named a starter for this week
  • Darriel Mack, UCF – plans to grad transfer after previously opting out
  • Graham Mertz, Wisconsin – still in covid protocol, team waiting to see if he can return this week
  • Stone Norton, FIU – QB1 on depth chart
  • Anthony Russo, Temple – took first team practice reps Tuesday
  • Nick Starkel, San Jose State – no comment on whether he will practice or play this week
  • Jordan Travis, Florida State – day to day

RBs:

  • Darius Boone, Eastern Michigan – unavailable Wednesday night
  • Journey Brown, Penn State – confirmed out for the season due to medical condition and will no longer be able to play football
  • Malcolm Davidson, Florida Atlantic – expected to play this week
  • Artice Hobbs, Army – not on depth chart
  • JD King, Georgia Southern – torn ACL, out for season
  • Shaun Peterson, FIU – confirmed out for rest of season, ACL
  • Treyson Potts, Minnesota – described as day to day after injury last weekend
  • Shakif Seymour, Toledo – appeared to sit out 2nd half on Wednesday night with possible injury

WRs & TEs:

  • Isaiah Alston, Army – reserve WR on depth chart after missing time
  • Hassan Beydoun, Eastern Michigan – unavailable Wednesday night
  • Dylan Drummond, Eastern Michigan – unavailable Wednesday night
  • JJ Holloman, FIU – on depth chart after missing last game (Oct 23)
  • KD Nixon, Colorado – practiced today, looked good
  • TE Sterling Palmer, FIU – on depth chart after missing last game (Oct 23)
  • TE Kyle Pitts, Florida – still questionable
  • Vontae Shenault, Colorado – back from suspension
  • JD Spielman, TCU – done for the season with injury
  • Tamorrion Terry, Florida State – no longer with the program
Posted in College Football

CFB Injuries & Updates – Tues. November 10

In Tuesday MACtion Miami OH QB Brett Gabbert, Akron QB Kato Nelson, and Bowling Green RB Andrew Clair & Miami OH RB Davion Johnson did not play. Boise State RB George Holani is doubtful again this week, while Stanford QB Davis Mills status is still unclear.

List of Injuries & Updates from November 10:

QBs:

  • Brennan Armstrong, Virginia – feeling good, plans to wear knee brace
  • Stetson Bennett, Georgia – not able to throw in practice yet
  • JT Daniels, Georgia – most first team snaps in practice Tuesday
  • LaBronz Davis, Bowling Green – unavailable Tuesday night
  • Brett Gabbert, Miami, Ohio – did not play Tuesday night
  • Davis Mills, Stanford – status still uncertain, covid-related
  • Kato Nelson, Akron – did not travel for Tuesday night game, broadcast said he “might be back this year”

RBs:

  • Leddie Brown, West Virginia – status is still to be evaluated after being limited with an injury last weekend
  • Andrew Clair, Bowling Green – not dressed for Tuesday night game
  • Dylan Downing, UNLV – transfer portal
  • George Holani, Boise State – reportedly doubtful to play Thursday
  • Keaontay Ingram, Texas – expected to also miss Nov 21 game
  • Davion Johnson, Miami (OH) – did not play Tuesday night

WRs & TEs:

  • Jerome Buckner, Ohio – returned to action Tuesday night
  • Randle Jones, Temple – out this week
  • Ryan King, Georgia Tech – out for season, injury
  • TE Lucas Krull, Pitt – still not practicing, unclear if will return this season
  • Michael Mathison, Akron – did not appear to play Tuesday night
  • TE Daniel Parker, Missouri – questionable
  • AT Perry, Wake Forest – listed on the depth chart this week after missing time
  • Alec Pierce, Cincinnati – expected back Friday but unclear to what extent
  • Makiya Tongue, Georgia – has been out with a hamstring injury
  • TE Samuel Wheeler, Kansas State – out for the season with a fractured clavicle
  • Jordan Whittington, Texas – hopeful to return to practice this Sunday
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CFB Injuries & Updates – Mon. November 9

On Monday came news that LSU QB Myles Brennan was ruled out this week while Temple QB Anthony Russo should return to practice Tuesday. Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Carolina and UAB all appear to have QB battles going on. Baylor’s leading rusher, RB Craig Williams is out for the season, and Georgia Southern RB JD King appears likely to be.

UCF WR Tre Nixon returned to practice last week and will continue to be evaluated later this week, but Nevada WR Elijah Cooks was confirmed to be having season-ending shoulder surgery.

List of Injuries & Updates from November 9 (or from Sunday where noted):

QBs:

  • Jack Abraham, Southern Miss – should return this week
  • Trad Beatty, Temple – out this week
  • Stetson Bennett, Georgia – day to day
  • Myles Brennan, LSU – is out this week
  • Jalon Daniels, Kansas – should be able to practice this week after injury late last weekend (off this week)
  • Georgia – QB1 is open after Stetson Bennett injury
  • Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee – day to day with head injury
  • Kentucky – starter Terry Wilson OR Joey Gatewood on depth chart
  • Devin Leary, NC State – could possibly return for postseason
  • Graham Mertz, Wisconsin – starting process of returning, should be able to practice, will have to see if can be ready
  • LSU – TJ Finley reported to be the only scholarship QB available
  • Nebraska – QB1 battle between Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey
  • New Mexico – Tevaka Tuioti is out this week in concussion protocol, Trae Hall will start
  • Brandon Peters, Illinois – on track to return for Nov 21 game
  • Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma – “fine”, a bruise
  • Anthony Russo, Temple – will return to practice tomorrow
  • South Carolina – QB position is open to all 3 QBs (Collin Hill, Ryan Hilinski, & Luke Doty) and who practices the best will play (Sunday)
  • UAB – QB starter between Tyler Johnston and Bryson Lucero will be determined by practice

RBs:

  • Josh Berry, South Florida – enters transfer portal after opting out
  • Ra’Von Bonner, Illinois – enters transfer portal after opting out
  • Max Borghi, Washington State – is still “unavailable at the moment”
  • Demetric Felton, UCLA – will practice Monday after injury last weekend
  • Alex Fontenot, Colorado – out indefinitely
  • Daetrich Harrington, App State – to be evaluated after taking some hard hits last weekend
  • Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech – unclear if able to play this week
  • Lopini Katoa, BYU – injury is not season-ending, hopeful for 11-21 (off this week)
  • Wesley Kennedy, Georgia Southern – expected to play Saturday
  • JD King, Georgia Southern – knee, will have MRI, could be out for season
  • John Lovett, Baylor – expected back this week
  • Kendall Milton, Georgia – out 3-4 weeks with MCL sprain
  • Don Ragsdale, Southern Miss – no longer with the program
  • Julian Ross, Ohio – unlikely to play again this week
  • Trey Sanders, Alabama – reportedly expected to miss the rest of the season due to injuries from car accident
  • Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M – good to go
  • Craig “Sqwirl” Williams, Baylor -out for season with ACL, MCL injuries

WRs & TEs:

  • Jackson Anthrop, Purdue – making progress after shoulder surgery but still a ways off
  • Jerome Buckner, Ohio – unlikely to play again this week
  • Elijah Cooks, Nevada – confirmed to be having season-ending shoulder surgery
  • Beau Corrales, UNC – out again this week
  • Frank Darby, Arizona State – hopeful to return this week
  • TE Beau Johnson, Georgia Southern – ankle, out 4-6 weeks
  • TE Hunter Kampmoyer, Oregon – likely unavailable again
  • Malik Knowles, Kansas State – suffered injury last weekend, not expected to miss significant time
  • LSU – reports they have no TEs available this week due to covid reasons
  • Frank Ladson, Clemson – out a few weeks (foot)
  • Braden Lenzy, Notre Dame – will test hamstring this week
  • TE Cam McCormick, Oregon – likely unavailable again
  • Javon McKinley, Notre Dame – should be ok after head evaluation caused him to miss time near the end of the Clemson game
  • TE Briley Moore, Kansas State – hopeful for next week game (off this week)
  • KD Nixon, Colorado – day to day, close to full speed
  • Tre Nixon, UCF – returned to practice last week, will be evaluated at the end of the week
  • Kyle Philips, UCLA – will practice Monday after injury last weekend
  • TE Kyle Pitts, Florida – described as questionable
  • Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, Georgia – out for season after injury Saturday
  • TE Ben Sims, Baylor – expected back this week
  • Tyler Smith, Western Kentucky – enters transfer portal
  • Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa – listed as starter on depth chart after serving suspension last week
  • TE Austin Stogner, Oklahoma – “fine”
  • Tyquan Thornton, Baylor – expected back this week
  • Tyler Walton, Ohio – unlikely to play again this week
  • TE Spencer Webb, Oregon – likely unavailable again
  • TE Samuel Wheeler, Kansas State – suffered injury last weekend, not expected to miss significant time
  • TE Brayden Willis, Oklahoma – tweeted “see y’all in Bedlam”, hinting he may be expect to be ready to play for the Nov 21 game (off this week), team says he is very close to returning
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Behind the Numbers – 16 Interesting Stats from Week 10 (Nov 7)

Some of these 16 stats from Week 10 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or for specific positions or teams. Since teams have played such an uneven number of games, this week I have a few conference-specific stats.

Minnesota RB Mohamed Ibrahim ran for 30/224-4 on Saturday (the only player to rush for 200 yards this week). Rushing for 200 yards and 4 TDs has only happened four times this season, and Ibrahim has two of those four, Najee Harris (Alabama) and Daetrich Harrington (App State) have the other two.

Florida QB Kyle Trask threw for 474-4 last weekend. He has thrown for 4+ TDs in all five of Florida’s game this season. Second in the nation with four 4 TD passing games are Dillon Gabriel (UCF), and Brady White (Memphis). As a point of reference, in 2019 the only QBs with more than five 4-TD passing games were Joe Burrow (LSU) with 9, and Anthony Gordon (Wash St) and Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) with 6.

Last weekend 5 players had 200+ receiving yards, this week no one crossed the 200 yard mark. East Carolina WR Blake Proehl was the week 10 leader with 182 yards on 13 receptions.

Clemson WR Cornell Powell caught 6/161-1 this weekend against Notre Dame, while going for 11/105-0 last weekend. His previous career high prior to the last two weeks was 50 yards despite being at Clemson since 2016. What changed? – Well in part Clemson has dealt with a number of WR injuries this season, but the real answer – QB DJ Uiagalelei has started the last two weeks and the two appear to have a connection. It will be interesting to see Powell’s production when Trevor Lawrence returns.

Colorado RB Jarek Broussard, filling in for an injured Alex Fontenot, ran for 31/187-3 this week. Last season 180 yards and 3 TDs rushing only happened twice in the Pac-12, both times by Oregon’s CJ Verdell.

Since volume matters, 3 RBs had 31 carries, the high total of the week – Jarek Broussard, Colorado (31/187-3), Breece Hall, Iowa State (31/133-2), and Eric Gray, Tennessee (31/123-1).

Washington State RB Deon McIntosh rushed for 18/144-1 filling in for an injured Max Borghi. The last time a Washington State player rushed for more than 140 yards was RB Dwight Tardy in 2007.

Miami QB D’Eriq King threw for 430 yards and 5 TDS and rushed for 105 yards against NC State on Saturday. The last QB to pass for 400-5 and rush for 100 – also D’Eriq King, playing for Houston in 2018. Consider me impressed.

Only four QBs in conferences that debuted last week (MAC & PAC-12) had 300 yard passing games – Kedon Slovis, USC (381), Tristan Gebbia, Oregon State (329), Drew Plitt, Ball State (309), & Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA (303).

Of the 474 yards Florida threw for on Saturday, 212 yards were to RBs – Dameon Pierce 2/41, Malik Davis 5/100 (team’s leading receiver Saturday), Nay’quan Wright 3/71 – 10 total catches by RBs for an average of 21.2 yards a reception.

Tulane RB Cameron Carroll ran for 6/129-2 last weekend, giving him 10 rushing TDs on the season. Carroll is one of only 10 players this season who already have 10 rushing TDs, but is averaging the lowest carries per game (11.25) of any of those players. With 90 rushing attempts on the season, Carroll is scoring a TD on 11% of his carries. Of those with 10 rushing TDs, UNC RB Javonte Williams has the best TD/carry ratio, scoring 14 TDs on 107 attempts, or 13% of the time.

The SEC player with the most 100 rushing yard games this season – Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M with four – tied with three games are Tank Bigsby (Auburn), Eric Gray (Tennessee), Kevin Harris (South Carolina), and Najee Harris (Alabama).

Nevada QB Carson Strong threw for 36/52-411-3 in week 10. Including going back into last season, he has now thrown for 350+ yards in 5 straight games. Yes I shared this last week as well when he had 4 in a row, but this is fairly impressive, only 6 players have 3 or more 350 yard passing games this season (Strong has 3).

TCU QB Max Duggan passed for 73 yards, while rushing for 19/154-3 against Texas Tech. While Duggan is thought of by most as a dual threat, it was only the second game of his career rushing for more than 100 yards, topping a 115 yard game last season. But the 73 yards passing this weekend was the 3rd lowest total of his 18 game career at TCU.

Only one school has two different players with 13 receptions in a game this season – East Carolina WR Blake Proehl had 13 this week, while ECU WR Tyler Snead had 16 catches a week ago, which was the season-high for any player.

Of players with more than one game played, Nevada WR Romeo Doubs is leading the nation in receiving yards per game with 157.7, and Purdue WR David Bell is leading the nation in receptions per game with 11.0.