Arkansas State loses freshman quarterback
Arkansas State freshman quarterback Phillip Butterfield will miss the 2009 season after suffering a knee injury during practice earlier this week.
Coach Steve Roberts said he felt bad that Butterfield will miss the year, but he hopes it will give him a chance to learn the system from senior quarterback Corey Leonard.
"He was doing well and we are very proud to have him as a part of our program," Roberts said. "He is a great young man and he has the skills that I think it takes for him to be successful here. We are looking forward to next year and getting him back out here."
East Carolina adds another running back
Junior college transfer Giavanni Ruffin, who played running back at the College of the Sequoias and signed with the Pirates in February, has finally been cleared to play by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Ruffin must go through the NCAA's acclimation period, which includes wearing just shorts and a helmet for the first few days of practice.
Second string running back Dominique Lindsay sat out of practice again Thursday as he continues to recover from a concussion.
Western Kentucky losses a quarterback
Western Kentucky coach David Elson announced after Thursday's practice that freshman quarterback Courtney Dalcourt suffered a torn ACL during Wednesday's practice and will miss the 2009 season.