Monday, October 1, 2012
Big Ten Monday personnel roundup
By Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg
- The Buckeyes' hopes of getting running backs Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde going at the same time has taken another setback. Hyde and Hall were finally both healthy enough to both play against Michigan State, but Hall left in the first half with a knee injury. Urban Meyer said Monday that Hall has a PCL tear in his right knee and will be doubtful for the Nebraska game. A PCL tear is not as serious as an ACL or MCL tear, but it is an injury that could hold Hall out for more than one week. Meyer said Hyde, who came back last week from an MCL sprain, isn't 100 percent yet but is getting very close to it.
- Meyer also announced that sophomore receiver Tyrone Williams had been dismissed from the team for violating team rules. Williams hadn't done anything this season but saw action as a true freshman, when he was known as T.Y. Williams. He had intrigued fans because of his height -- a listed 6-foot-6 -- but will not be a part of Ohio State's plans going forward.
- Coach Tim Beckman said Monday linebacker Jonathan Brown didn't look like himself in the first half against Penn State and is receiving treatment. Brown will be evaluated throughout the week.
- Illini safety Earnest Thomas will play this week at Wisconsin despite being ejected from Saturday's game against Penn State because of a helmet-to-helmet hit on Matt Lehman. Beckman said Thomas' hit wasn't intentional and that the decision to eject him was a "judgment call" by the official.
- Illinois sophomore defensive tackle Jake Howe will miss the rest of the season with a broken arm.
- The bye week appears to have worked well for the Wolverines' health. Head coach Brady Hoke said defensive end Brennen Beyer, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury, should return this week at Purdue. Wide receiver Devin Gardner, who took a hard fall near the end of the Notre Dame game, has been practicing and is ready to go this week. Hoke also pronounced fullback Stephen Hopkins, who's been out the past two games with a hamstring problem, has recovered and that starting guard Ricky Barnum has gotten over his shoulder injury.
- The one guy who's not quite back is tight end Brandon Moore, who hasn't played since suffering a leg injury in the opener versus Alabama. But Hoke said Moore is making good progress.
- True freshman defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (shoulder) and linebacker Roderick Goodlow (torn ACL) both will miss the rest of the season, coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Monday. Odenigbo will seek a medical redshirt and have four years of eligibility left. Odenigbo was the second-highest rated recruit to sign with a Big Ten team in 2012, according to ESPN.com.
- Fitzgerald said he's very optimistic all players injured Saturday against Indiana will play this week at Penn State, including top safety Ibraheim Campbell (shoulder) and wide receiver Christian Jones (elbow).
- The Badgers' new depth chart lists Kyle French as the field goal kicker, with Jack Russell on kickoffs. Russell missed an extra point and a 41-yard field goal against Nebraska as the Badgers lost 30-27. He's 0-for-2 on field goal tries this season.
- Bret Bielema said defensive linemen Brendan Kelly (hamstring) and Pat Muldoon (hand) could return this week against Illinois. He's also hopeful that defensive back Shelton Johnson, who broke his arm against Oregon State, could be ready to rejoin the team this week.