Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Willingham expects Quinn to be fine after concussion
Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Quarterback Brady Quinn is expected to start Saturday against Navy after sustaining a concussion in his last game.
"I'm feeling good," Quinn said. "I was practicing out there today. Everything is fine.''
Irish coach Tyrone Willingham said the training staff would monitor Quinn during the week.
"I think Brady is fine, but I think what we have to do is always go through the formal steps each time a guy has an injury," Willingham said. "This one requires you to look at him. But I think he's fine."
Quinn underwent what the school termed routine testing Monday.
Quinn didn't return to the game against Stanford on Saturday
after scoring on a quarterback sneak from 2 yards out with 4:10
left in the game.
The sophomore has thrown for 1,529 yards with nine touchdown
passes and five interceptions this season. His backup, Pat Dillingham, has played in three games this season, going 3-for-3 against Purdue for 28 yards.
Colorado Buffaloes: Starting
quarterback Joel Klatt was listed as day-to-day after suffering a
neck sprain in the Buffaloes' loss to Oklahoma State, even though
X-rays and other tests at Boulder Community Hospital following the
game came back negative.
Klatt was injured on a 9-yard run just before halftime of
Saturday's game. He did not play during the second half of the
contest, which the Buffs lost 42-14.
Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson made the call to put Klatt onthe bench, but the 22-year-old junior co-captain from Arvada didn't
"I'm not going to risk it," Watson said. "There is no
football game ever worth that."
Klatt sat out of practice on Monday, but said he hoped to return
to the field on Tuesday.
Dave Plati, CU sports information director, said Klatt could be
held out of "some" practices this week, but didn't say how many.
Plati said the quarterback would be treated, as a precaution, as
though he had suffered a concussion.
Florida State Seminoles: Wyatt Sexton will make his third
straight start at quarterback this weekend when seventh-ranked
Florida State hosts No. 6 Virginia.
The Cavaliers (5-0) will present the biggest challenge so far
for Sexton, who has beaten unranked North Carolina and Syracuse the
previous two weeks. The sophomore also played the final three
quarters of the Seminoles' 41-22 win over Clemson on Sept. 25.
Former starter Chris Rix is not yet healthy enough to be
considered, coach Bobby Bowden said. A four-year starter for
Florida State (4-1), Rix has not played since spraining his ankle
"I don't think Chris is ready right now," Bowden said Monday.
"Right now it's just hoping he's getting better, but we really
won't know until we put him in a game."
Sexton struggled for the first time this season in Saturday's
17-13 come-from-behind win at Syracuse. He completed 15-of-26
passes for 169 yards and threw an interception. Florida State's
offense converted just one third down and struggled all night.
Still, Bowden said there was no decision to be made at
quarterback for the time being.
"You'd have to go with Wyatt and just hope the other guy can
get well," Bowden said.
Injury update: Tight end Matt Henshaw might return sooner than expected.
Henshaw, who shares time with starter Paul Irons, left with a right ankle injury during the first half of the Seminoles' 17-13 win over Syracuse on Saturday. Coaches initially indicated it was a high ankle sprain.
Henshaw watched practice in a boot Tuesday, but said he would return Wednesday. He was optimistic about playing Saturday, when the Seminoles host No. 6 Virginia.
Wide receiver Willie Reid also practiced Tuesday, but said his injured hamstring is not yet 100 percent. Reid, also the team's punt returner, missed the Syracuse game because of the injury and had not practiced in over a week.
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles: Quarterback
Dustin Almond, who was injured scoring a dramatic touchdown last
week, will miss the 24th-ranked Golden Eagles' game against Alabama
The junior pulled a hamstring in his left leg on his 18-yard
touchdown run with less than 2 minutes remaining in the win over
"Dustin will be out for a while," coach Jeff Bower said
Monday. "We don't know how long."
Damion Carter, a sophomore who replaced Almond and threw the
winning touchdown pass in overtime against the Cougars, will start
against the Crimson Tide for the second straight year.
Carter was ineffective in last year's meeting. He was 5-of-8 for
29 yards, and was benched for Almond midway through the second
quarter of Alabama's 17-3 victory.
This season, Almond is 57-of-105 for 663 yards with six
touchdowns and two interceptions for Southern Miss (4-0), which is
ranked for the first time in nearly four years.
Carter, the more mobile of the two, has thrown just three passes
this season, completing two, for 8 yards.
"We have to play to Damion's strengths," Bower said.
Nevada Wolf Pack: The Wolf Pack's quarterback controversy
has been settled, at least for now. Coach Chris Ault told boosters at his weekly luncheon Monday that he'll stick with sophomore Jeff Rowe the rest of the year
despite some inconsistencies en route to a 2-4 record.
"You have to name a starter and we have named a starter and he
has been the starter," Ault said. "It's just that our quarterback
play has been so inconsistent.
"You have to settle in with one guy for the continuity of the
offense, the continuity of the audible, the continuity of the
passing game. We are going into our seventh game and I have seen
Ault said that he may call on sophomore Travis Moore and senior
third-stringer Andy Heiser at times the rest of the season, but it
would probably just be for a series or two if Rowe needs to see the
opposing defense from a different perspective during the game.
Rowe has started all
six games this year, but his playing time has diminished in the last
two weeks' losses at UNLV and Hawaii as Moore came on in relief.
On the season, Rowe has completed 98-of-175 passes (56 percent)
for 1,132 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. Moore
is 44-of-71 (62 percent) with three touchdowns and two picks.
Marshall Thundering Herd: Two players have been jailed on charges stemming from alleged altercation at a bar early Sunday morning.
Quarterback Bernard Morris, a redshirt freshman, and defensive lineman Roger Garrett were being held at Western Regional Jail Monday, a jail official said.
Morris was being held on a $20,000 bond for a charge of malicious assault, while Garret was being held on a $5,000 bond for a charge of assault by threat, Officer J. Newman said.
"The situation is currently under investigation," Marshall coach Bob Pruett said in a statement. "Both players involved will not participate in the game next week."
The team was still gathering information about what happened, Pruett said. No further details were available from the school.
According to the police report, the two players were arrested near the off-campus GoodFellas bar after getting into an altercation with a woman, WSAZ-TV reported.
It wasn't the first time Garrett has been arrested this season. The sophomore was charged with malicious wounding after an Aug. 22 fight outside a bar involving an Ohio State player. Buckeyes defensive end Redgie Arden suffered a broken nose and other facial injuries in that fight.
Ohio State Buckeyes: Former player Louis Irizarry, accused of assaulting another student and stealing his wallet, has
pleaded guilty to one count of robbery.
In exchange for Irizarry's plea Tuesday, prosecutors dropped assault and
tampering charges against him.
Irizarry was sentenced to three years in prison, but a
spokeswoman for Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says he
could be released in six months.
Last week, former Buckeye running back Ira Guilford was
sentenced to two years probation for punching the student whose
wallet Irizarry took last May.
Guilford was kicked off the team and banned from
campus after he was indicted. The 18-year-old has said he wants to return to
Irizarry had transferred to Youngstown State over the summer.