Five weeks into the college football season has certainly brought a lot of excitement. With the more weeks that go on, more news and notes will be put together. Here are some of the things happening around the sport of college football.
Virginia Tech loses two players
It was bad enough that Virginia Tech got upset by Old Dominion, but the Hokies will now be without two players moving forward. Defensive end Trevon Hill has been dismissed from the team for “not upholding the standards of the program”. He was leading Virginia Tech in sacks on the season.
The bigger loss for Virginia Tech was the loss of quarterback Josh Jackson, who broke his fibula in the loss to Old Dominion. The sophomore has 575 passing yards and five touchdowns on the season.
Northwestern RB Jeremy Larkin retires
Sophomore Jeremy Larkin will retire from football, effective immediately, due to a recent diagnosis of cervical stenosis. The condition is not life threatening but prevents continued participation in football.https://t.co/5BZO8naHCn#B1GCats pic.twitter.com/0XKWqvhd1J
— Northwestern Football (@NUFBFamily) September 24, 2018
The loss of Larkin is huge for the Wildcats. The sophomore got carries last year, even though the starting running back role was manned by Justin Jackson, the most prolific rusher in Northwestern history. Larkin had 849 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in his career.
Clemson will start Trevor Lawrence at QB; Kelly Bryant to transfer
Senior Kelly Bryant led Clemson to the College Football Playoff last year and an undefeated record this season. His time as Clemson’s starter is now over as head coach Dabo Swinney has said that Trevor Lawrence will start at quarterback on Saturday against Syracuse.
Lawrence has played a decent number of snaps so far this season. He has 600 passing yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions so far this season. The highly-recruited freshman will have to help Clemson avenge their one loss from the regular season last year.
As a result of his replacement, Bryant announced on Wednesday that he is transferring and felt that he didn’t get a fair shot. Swinney responded by stating, “But like I said, I definitely feel like he’s been given a fair shot. I don’t think there’s any question about that. But at the end of the day, this is not middle school. There’s tough decisions that have to be made at this level, and you’ve got to do what’s best for the team.”
Oklahoma State WR Jalen McCleskey to transfer
Jalen McClesky is using the new redshirt rule to transfer away from Oklahoma State. The senior is using the new redshirt transfer rule, which allows players to play in up to four games before being able to redshirt. If he graduates he will be immediately eligible for the 2019 season.
McClesky was the third option last season, but was not happy with his role on this year’s team. He had 155 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season and will create some buzz on the transfer market.
Nick Bosa out for Penn State game
Ohio State faces one of its biggest tests of the year Saturday, when they travel to Happy Valley to take on the Nittany Lions. Slowing down the Penn State offense is necessary for the Buckeyes to win the game, as they are the top scoring offense at 55 points per game.
Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, Nick Bosa has been ruled out for this game. His father has stated that he won’t be re-evaluated until November and there is no timetable for his return. Bosa had core muscle surgery last week after getting injured against TCU.
North Texas unretires Mean Joe’s number
He’s the 🐐 and the only Mean Green Football player to wear the No. 75 in the last 50 years. Until this week. For one day only, the iconic Joe Greene jersey is coming out of retirement. #GMG #UniSwag pic.twitter.com/jeaqesZ5n2
— Eagles (@MeanGreenFB) September 26, 2018
For this week North Texas is allowing defensive end LaDarius Hamilton to wear No. 75 to honor Mean Joe Greene, the best player in Mean Green history. Hamilton gets to don the number beacuse of his leadership and who he is as a player.
Other news and notes
- Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield Jr. is out the remainder of the season with a foot injury.
- Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says LB Quart’e Sapp is still with the team after his meltdown on Saturday.
- The SEC fined Kentucky $100,000 for fans storming the field after the win over Mississippi State.
- Penn State backup running back Mark Allen has been lost for the season to injury.
- Oregon RB Taj Griffin will transfer.
- Wake Forest has fired defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel.
- San Diego State running back Juwan Washington is out for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury (per Brett McMurphy)
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