10/19/18 - Azeez Al-Shaair, Sr/2019, Florida Atlantic, 6-1, 228 (DS#24 ILB)[Newsfeed] LB Azeez Al-Shaair suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice this week and will undergo surgery, the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reported. Although the school would not confirm the news, OwlsAccess.com also reported the injury to Al-Shaair, who is the school's career leading tackler. Al-Shaair was named the Conference USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year after registering a league-leading 147 tackles during his junior campaign.
10/19/18 - K.J. Costello, rJr/2020, Stanford, 6-4, 215 (DS#8 QB)[Newsfeed] K.J. Costello threw for 231 yards and a touchdown, and Stanford remained in the thick of the Pac-12 North Division race with a 20-13 win over Arizona State on Thursday night. Stanford (5-2, 3-1) needed a half to get its offense fully rolling off a bye week, held to a pair of field goals in the first half. The Cardinal put together a pair of impressive drives in the third quarter and had a 16-minute advantage in time of possession to tie No. 14 Washington atop the Pac-12 North. Arizona State (3-4, 1-3) was held to a field goal in the first half before Manny Wilkins scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to pull the Sun Devils within 20-13. Arizona State got the ball back at its own 16 -yard line with 2:20 left, but couldn't get off a final play from Stanford's 20 after a short gain. Wilkins threw for 353 yards, but the Sun Devils turned it over three times, including one on a failed trick play, to lose for the fourth time in five games. Neither offense could gain much traction in the first half. - AP College Football
10/19/18 - Kelvin Harmon, Jr/2020, North Carolina State, 6-2, 214 (DS#4 WR)[Newsfeed] It doesn't matter to North Carolina State's Kelvin Harmon whether he's wide open downfield or tussling with a defensive back as the ball comes his way. Just get the ball close, and he's going to make that catch. The junior has developed into the unquestioned No. 1 receiver atop a deep position group for the No. 16 Wolfpack entering Saturday's trip to No. 3 Clemson. He has the size and strength to make tough catches, the quickness to work his way open for a cleaner look and the willingness to battle through - or over - contact for a contested grab. "It's just having those physical skillsets and using them and believing I can make a catch even though it might look weird to some people," Harmon said. "But I just believe if my hands are free, I can make any catch."
Harmon is coming off the program's first 1,000-yard receiving season since 2003 and is on pace for another for the Wolfpack (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who is off to the program's best start since going 9-0 behind Philip Rivers in 2002. Harmon is a tough matchup for any secondary. He's an NFL prospect with his 6-foot-3, 214-pound frame. He leads the ACC in receiving yards per game (106.8) and has 33 catches for 534 yards with a pair of scores. He had a quiet season opener, but has snagged at least six catches and 94 yards receiving four straight games. The Tigers (6-0, 3-0) know all about Harmon. In last year's 38-31 Clemson win in Raleigh, Harmon had eight catches for 155 yards and a 40-yard touchdown. "He's big," Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. "He's strong. He's fast. He's instinctive. He's got great hands, understands leverage and understands how to run routes. - AP College Football
10/18/18 - Justice Hansen, rSr/2019, Arkansas State, 6-3, 224 (DS#11 QB)[Newsfeed] Justice Hansen threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores, helping Arkansas State beat Georgia State 51-35 on Thursday night. Hansen had four touchdowns in the first half — three passing, one rushing — to help Arkansas State build a 34-7 lead. He finished 17-of-28 passing for 257 yards and carried it 11 times for 76 yards. Hansen set a school record on the first drive of the game with his 68th career touchdown pass, moving past Ryan Aplin?(2009-12). Warren Wand's 91-yard kickoff return set up Hansen's 8-yard sneak for a 13-7 lead. Hansen followed a 33-yard sneak with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Adams Jr. to make it 20-7 at the end of the first quarter. Marcel Murray added 115 rushing yards and a touchdown for Arkansas State (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt). Dan Ellington had 250 yards passing and three touchdowns for Georgia State (2-5, 1-2). Tamir Jones' first catch of the season went for a 36-yard touchdown to tie it at 7. Ellington threw for his second touchdown, a 37-yarder to Cornelius McCoy, in the third quarter to pull to 34-14. - AP College Football
10/18/18 - DeVonta Smith, So/2021, Alabama, 6-0, 173 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] WR Devonta Smith suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter of last week's victory over Missouri, and coach Nick Saban said he was questionable for Saturday's game against Tennessee. Saban said Smith has not been able to do anything in practice this week, according to Christopher Walsh of BamaCentral. A final decision on Smith's availability probably will made close to game time on Saturday. Smith, a sophomore, is second on the team in receiving yards (409), receptions (21) and yards per catch (19.5). He also has three touchdown catches.
10/18/18 - Nick Bosa, Jr/2020, Ohio State, 6-4, 263 (DS#1 DE)[Newsfeed] DE Nick Bosa should be healthy enough to participate in workouts prior to the NFL Draft. Bosa's father, John, told SiriusXM NFL Radio that his son faces a recovery period of 10 to 12 weeks after undergoing groin surgery last month. Ohio State announced last week that Nick Bosa will withdraw from the school to rehab his injury in preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft. Bosa is expected to be in the mix to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. He is No. 2, behind Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, on the Big Board of NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang.
10/17/18 - Porter Gustin, Sr/2019, Southern California, 6-4, 260 (DS#7 OLB)[Newsfeed] Southern California outside linebacker Porter Gustin underwent surgery to repair a broken ankle Tuesday. He is looking at a four-month recovery after having a metal plate and screw inserted in his right ankle, Trojans coach Clay Helton said Tuesday night, a timetable that would likely allow the talented pass rusher to participate in workouts ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft. Gustin sustained the injury that ended his senior season late in the fourth quarter of USC's 31-20 win over Colorado on Saturday night. He had 21 sacks and 33 tackles for loss during his college career, with seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss this season to lead USC in both categories, and projects as one of the top edge defenders available for NFL teams to draft next year.
Helton said it would be impossible for USC to replace Gustin's contributions to the team on and off the field. "There's only one Porter," Helton said. "I've been doing it 24 years and I can count on one hand guys you'll always remember, and that guy, he's the definition of what a Trojan is." This is the second straight season in which Gustin sustained a season-ending injury. He was limited to four games in 2017 because of toe and biceps injuries, missing the Pac-12 title game and Cotton Bowl. USC (4-2) plays at Utah (4-2) on Saturday night. - AP College Football
10/16/18 - Jake Browning, Sr/2019, Washington, 6-1, 210 (DS#9 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Jake Browning passed Steve Stenstrom, Cade McNown and Marcus Mariota last week to move to No. 9 all-time in career passing yards in Pac-12 history. He sits at 10,855, 58 behind No. 8 Alex Brink. Browning is also tied with Cody Kessler for most passing touchdowns in Pac-12 history at 88. He's two behind No. 6 Connor Halliday.
10/16/18 - Tevis Bartlett, Sr/2019, Washington, 6-2, 233 (DS#24 OLB)[Newsfeed] LB Tevis Bartlett played his best game of the season at Oregon, recording a career-high 12 tackles. Bartlett also made his first sack of the season, which could help jump-start a Washington defense struggling to get into opposing backfields at the torrid pace of the previous two seasons, when the Huskies ranked in the Top 15 nationally for sacks.
10/16/18 - Keisean Lucier-South, rJr/2020, UCLA, 6-3, 235 (DS#12 OLB)[Newsfeed] DE/LB Keisean Lucier-South began settling in as UCLA's most productive pass-rusher once Pac-12 play began. He made three tackles for loss Sept. 28 at Colorado, and 3.5 in last week's win at Cal. He also forced a fumble, picked off a pass, and scored on a fumble return, earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
10/16/18 - Jermar Jefferson, rFr/2022, Oregon State, 5-10, 211 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Jermar Jefferson has been added to the Doak Walker Award watch list thanks to the true freshman's breakout performance in the first half of the season. Jefferson's 865 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns are both third-best in FBS while he's fourth in yards per game (144.2), and he's on pace to break the school rushing record of 1,690, set by Stephen Jackson in 2002.
10/16/18 - CJ Verdell, rFr/2022, Oregon, 5-09, 201 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] RB CJ Verdell has officially been named the starting running back after rushing for more than 100 yards in each of his previous three games. The Cougars are solid in pass defense but have holes in their rush defense -- holes that Verdell must expose. Having a good running game and getting that balance makes life easier for quarterback Justin Herbert and the play-action pass, a vital part of Oregon's offense.
10/16/18 - Jase Franke, rSr/2019, Colorado, 6-2, 280 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] DE Jase Franke will miss the remainder of the season after the redshirt senior sustained a torn ACL against Southern California. The defensive end had 10 tackles, including three for loss, and two sacks. "It's really sad losing Jase," Mike MacIntyre said. "It's the end of his career. It was really heartbreaking. He's done a great job here for us as a player. Hurting your knee is hard enough, but when you know it's over, that's really hard."
10/16/18 - Travon McMillian, rSr/2019, Colorado, 5-11, 210 (DS#15 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Travon McMillian saw his streak of three straight 100-yard efforts come to an end versus the Trojans. The senior transfer from Virginia Tech manage just 32 yards, his lowest output since rushing for 25 yards in Week 2 against Nebraska. McMillian (93.3 yards per game) has 540 yards and four touchdowns on the year, as well as four 100-yard performances.
10/16/18 - Laviska Shenault Jr., So/2021, Colorado, 6-2, 220 (DS#5 WR)[Newsfeed] WR Laviska Shenault Jr. is listed as day-to-day while he recovers from a toe injury sustained at USC. The sophomore leads the nation with 130 yards per game to go along with 11 touchdowns (five rushing).
10/16/18 - Jordan Kunaszyk, rSr/2019, California, 6-2, 235 (DS#17 ILB)[Newsfeed] LB Jordan Kunaszyk was an anchor for the Cal defense on Saturday, amassing a game-high 22 tackles (including two for loss). Kunaszyk and Evan Weaver have been critical veterans, not just for the linebacker corps but the defense in general. Kunaszyk and Weaver have to be on-point this week to help stop Oregon State's Jermar Jefferson on the ground. NFLDraftScout.com rates Kunaszyk as the 15th-best senior inside linebacker for the 2019 draft.
10/16/18 - Eno Benjamin, So/2021, Arizona State, 5-09, 201 (DS#9 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Eno Benjamin had two rushing touchdowns in the first half against Colorado two weeks ago, increasing his total to seven combined touchdowns over the last three games (six rushing and one receiving). In the first 16 games of his career, Benjamin combined for just four total touchdowns. With 120 yards against the Buffaloes, Benjamin eclipsed the triple-digit mark for the third consecutive game. Benjamin has 538 yards in that three-game stretch.
10/16/18 - Colin Schooler, So/2021, Arizona, 6-0, 236 (DS#7 ILB)[Newsfeed] LB Colin Schooler has been Arizona's best player all year, and he came up with an interception at Utah, giving him two for the season. The sophomore has a team-high 71 tackles, including 11.5 for loss, and is playing at an All-Pac-12 level.
10/16/18 - Rhett Rodriguez, /2021, Arizona, 6-0, 190 (DS# QB)[Newsfeed] QB Rhett Rodriguez, the son of former Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, will make his first career start Saturday at UCLA after coach Kevin Sumlin praised his relief effort at Utah. Rhett Rodriguez won't wow with his arm or physical skills, but he has a high football IQ, is likely to make the right pre-snap reads and then understand where to go with the ball.
10/16/18 - Khalil Tate, Jr/2020, Arizona, 6-1, 215 (DS#19 QB)[Newsfeed] QB Khalil Tate will not play Saturday at UCLA after aggravating an ankle injury early in last week's loss at Utah, coach Kevin Sumlin said Tuesday. Tate originally injured his left ankle in the second game against Houston and has been limited at times since then.
10/16/18 - Eli Howard, rSo/2021, Texas Tech, 6-3, 270 (DS#999 DE)[Newsfeed] DL Eli Howard has emerged as a workhorse and a playmaker on the Red Raiders defensive front. He had two tackles and a QB hurry against TCU, raising his season totals to 18 tackles, four TFLs and five QB hurries.