Tennessee Vols Go On 38-run Blitz to Beat Florida Gators

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For 14 years, the Florida Gators have come out on top of the Tennessee Vols in the NCAA. The streak was finally broken on Saturday as the Vols made a stunning comeback that included a 38-run streak to beat the Gators 38-28 at home. After 11 consecutive losses to the Gators, the Vols looked they were about to go down again as the score was 21-0 right before halftime. A dominating performance after half-time ensured that the Vols remained undefeated for the 10th consecutive match. The streak was started at the tail end of last season and the win against one their biggest rivals ensured that it continued.

With a 102,455 fans watching on, the Gators took a commanding lead with 3 early touchdowns. Backup quarterback Austin Appleby scored all 3 of these and had things stayed that way, the Gators would’ve won yet again. Joshua Dobbs was the savior for the Vols. In the first half of the game, Dobbs had completed a miserable 7 out of 20 passes for 84 yards. Right before the break, Aaron Medley scored a filed goal and it seemed to energize both Dobbs and the rest of the team. Dobbs ended the game after 4 touchdown passes with 319 yards and 1 ground touchdown with 80 yards. Both these feats are a career best for the Vols man. Overall, the Vols gained 487 yards throughout the game. Before this game, the average for the Gators to concede was 127 yards per game.

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Post-Match Reactions

Speaking of the victory, Vols coach Butch Jones commended his players’ character and emphasized just how good their program is. He also commended the fans’ patience for sticking around when the team was down. Dobbs also commented after the game and noted the importance of Medley’s field goal, late in the second quarter. He also implied that the comeback was necessary as they were shooting themselves in the foot in the first 2 quarters.

Florida coach Jim McElwain expressed his disappointment after the game and said that his team just let the Vols in. It’s hard to argue with that statement as the first down for the Gators in the second half came with only 6 minutes on the clock. Vols’ running back Jalen Reeves-Maybin, on the other hand, saw the victory in the game as a “stepping stone” to make Tennessee get back to the top.

Stanford Put on Late Show to Beat UCLA

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No 7 ranked Stanford Cardinals left it late to beat the UCLA Bruins for the 9th consecutive time in the NCAA. With 24 seconds left in the game,  J.J. Arcega-Whiteside caught Ryan Burns’ pass and rallied for a game-winning touchdown. The game ended 22-13 to Stanford and UCLA’s losing streak against their rivals goes on for the 9th consecutive year.

Stanford quarterback Josh Rosen had an average game as he began the game quite slowly. He misread situations in the first two quarters of the game, that could’ve led to 2 touchdowns. He made up for in the remainder of the game with some impressive throws. He completed 18 of 27 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown.

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Last-minute loss

UCLA held their defensive shape for 59 minutes and then mistakes cost them the game. Stanford running back rushed for 138 yards despite the Cardinals’ poor start to the game. With 2:05 left on the clock, Stanford got the ball back and made the most of it as they put up an impressive 70-yard drive to finish off UCL

Considering that they had never held on to a lead for more than 6 minutes against Stanford, UCLA suffered another grave loss. Speaking after the game, coach Jim Mora commended the defense but called the loss an awful one that stings. Nate Iese, UCLA’s tight end, had a decent game where gained 89 receiving yards, 5 catches and a touchdown. All of it went it vein in the end but the Bruins have a reason to be optimistic.

Stanford receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside attributed the win to maintaining their composure throughout the game. He admitted that mistakes were made but noted that the team came together when necessary to get the job done. After the game, Rosen stated that they would definitely play UCLA again this season at the Pac-12 Title game. He went on to say that they were one of the best teams in the conference and that he was “a million percent” sure of playing them again.

UCLA do have a right to be hopeful as they made changes in the off-season to bulk up their defense and match the strength of the Stanford team. This move might not have worked in their first 3 matches but it definitely worked this match. If they had held on a little longer, it would’ve been an historic win. UCLA are now 2-2 this season while Stanford remain unbeaten.

College Football Week 4 Recap

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An exciting weekend of college football has come to an end with the Top 7 rankings remaining unchanged. Most of the teams below this number have experienced shifts in their ranking after an action-packed weekend. The Tennessee Vols’ eye-catching victory against the Gators was a major talking point but there were also other great games played out. Let’s take a look the winners and losers of last week’s action.

Winners:

The Vols

Tennessee Vols were the biggest winners this weekend as they went on a 38 run blitz to beat longtime rival Florida Gators 38-28. The comeback from being down 21-3 right before halftime to winning emphatically after scoring 38 points in a row, is a great story in itself. Add to this, that it was the first time the Vols beat the Gators in 11 matches and the story writes itself. Joshua Dobbs, the man involved in all 5 touchdowns, earned a lot of praise and rightfully so.

The Wolverines

Michigan Wolverines are opening up their chances of getting into the Big Ten as they continue their spree of dominance. They beat Penn State 49-10 and coach Jim Harbaugh made sure they had a good start this game, unlike against Colorado last week.

Virginia

The Cavaliers earned their first win of the season in style by scoring 3 touchdowns in the final 6 minutes of the game. Despite the losses in previous weeks, it is clear ti see that progress has been made. They earned a hard fought 49-35 win against Central Michigan and coach, Branco Mendenhall, will be pleased.

Other winners for the week include Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Stanford.

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Losers

As with every week, there are bound to be losers but some have suffered greater losses than others. The Gators are one of the biggest losers this week. To have a 21-3 lead at halftime, against a team that you have not lost to for 14 years, and then let it all go in the next 2 quarters, is damning.  The Gators were expected to wrap up the game and instead ended with a 28-38 loss.

Notre Dame also turned in a disappointing performance as their defensive problems become more evident. They lost 38-35 to Duke and any hopes of making it to the playoffs are hanging by a thread. LSU, Oregon, Northern Illinois and Georgia were this week’s other losers.

NCAA: Week 3 Recap

Week 3 of the NCAA saw some spectacular performances from the Top 10. The most impressive performance was from the Louisville Cardinals who beat Florida State 63-20. Florida State are No. 2 on the college football rankings table. Everyone who doubted if Louisville could perform against the big guns, should have no doubts left in their minds after that thumping. Alabama and Miami also registered wins while Kansas and Northern Illinois lost.

Winners

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Louisville:  After their performance on Saturday, no one will be surprised if Louisville go on to win the ACC. The Cardinals thrashed Florida State and handed the worst defeat in Jimbo Fisher’s career. 63-20 is not a small defeat, and achieving this against a team that’s ranked No 2 is even more admirable. Everyone from critics to fans to experts have to give it up for The Cardinals and quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson scored 5 touchdowns combined with 216 passing yards and 146 rushing yards. It’s no surprise that he is up for the Heisman Trophy.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide played Ole Miss on Saturday and made a great comeback to seal the victory. Ole Miss looked like they were heading for a routine win when they were leading 24-3. Alabama then completely turned the game around with their special teams and defensive touchdowns. After the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third. They ended the game with 14 direct points. Freshman Jalen Hurts has a long season to go but it’s safe to say that he’s a great player.

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Miami: The Hurricanes are now 3-0 this season as they had a commanding victory over Appalachian State to the tune of 45-10. They were not expected to win the match, let alone is such great fashion. Mark Richt will be pleased to the start of his first year as the Hurricanes’ coach and although it wasn’t a big win, team morale will be boosted.

Western Michigan, Nebraska, South Florida, Tennessee and Penn. State also registered wins during week 3.

Losers

Florida State were the biggest losers last week as they fell to Louisville. They are 1-2 this season and could still make it to the playoffs. The loss will definitely leave a mark and they have tough games against South Florida, North Carolina and Miami coming up. Kansas, Northern Illinois, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame,  and Auburn also lost their games.

Lessons from Week 2

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Now that week 2 of the season is behind us, let’s look back and scrutinize some of the defining moments thus far.

The most exciting moment goes to….

The Arkansas Razorbacks’ shock win over the TCU Horned Frogs in double overtime. Quarterback Austin Allen’s touchdown on his team’s second possession sealed their victory. In contrast, TCU was able to manage only a field goal. It was indeed a nailbiting 41-38 finish that cut short TCU’s 14-game home winning streak.

Unnecessary gamble by coach? 

Despite a 42-6 lead over Charleston Southern, Florida State Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher kept safety Derwin James in the game. Unfortunately, the star player ended up sustaining a knee surgery, which will keep him out of action for five to seven weeks. James has been one of the top defensive players for most of the season. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that the team’s face-off against Louisville, South Florida, Miami and Wake Forest will be daunting in James’ absence.

Lamar Jackson in top form

Speaking of the Louisville Cardinals, quarterback Lamar Jackson has easily been the most impressive player so far. His eight touchdowns against Charlotte were mind-blowing. Against Syracuse Orange, he scored five touchdowns, passed for 411 yards and had 21 carries for 199 yards. This makes him the second player in the history of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision to throw for 400 and rush for 150 yards respectively.

Others players making their mark on the field include running back and return specialist for  Stanford Cardinal Christian McCaffrey; running back for the San Diego State Aztecs Donnel Pumphrey; Oregon Ducks running back Royce D. Freeman; and Ohio State quarterback J.T Barrett.

Top teams not doing so well

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Of the 16 top teams in the AP Top 25 poll, six have lost. They include Oklahoma, Ole Miss, UCLA, TCU, Notre Dame and LSU.

Alabama is at number 1, Florida State in second position and Ohio State in third. Louisville has broken in to the top 10 for the first time since 2013. At number 24, Arkansas is ranked for the first time, though they still have a lot of catching up to do. Florida is also safe – at No. 23 currently – after a poor start in the opening weekend.

Utah’s Kylie Fitts out with an Injury while Joe Williams calls it a day

The Utah Utes were expecting a regular week consisting of practice and preparation, but they were certainly not ready for this. Senior defensive end Kylie Fitts is out with an injury and Joe Williams, the Utes’ senior running back, has decided to embrace retirement.

 

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The Fitts injury

Fitts suffered an injury to his foot during their match with the Brigham Young University. Although the Utes won the match, Fitts left the field with an injury that was more serious than earlier thought. Coach Kyle Whittingham appeared worried about Fitts’ injury. Fitts might miss the season. He was expected to be Utah’s key performers this season. He was chosen by ESPN as a pre-season all-conference defensive end.

Fitts had earned 1.5 sacks in 2016. Coach Whittingham stated that he had injured himself during the first half of the match against the Houston Cougars. He stayed out of the second half. The staff had initially believed Fitts had only suffered a sprain, further examination showed that the damage was more extensive.

Fitts is expected to request for a medical hardship waiver that will allow him to play in 2017. Coach Whittingham says it will be a process and nothing is certain as yet, but it might play out as Fitts only played a game and a quarter this season. He also had some time off during his transfer to Utah from UCLA.

Meanwhile, Cory Butler-Byrd has been reinstated following a suspension. He was suspended in August 2016 after he pled guilty to damaging a campus building and police vehicle. He will still have to undergo counseling, but Whittingham thinks he’s good to go.

 

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Joe Williams bids goodbye

The Utes’ senior running back Joe Williams has announced his retirement from football. He says that he’s leaving the sport to focus on his Sociology degree. He mentioned that he had a talk with coach Whittingham after a series of nagging injuries as well as loss of desire.

Williams said that he believes his body is no longer at its prime. He says that he will be unable to compete at a level expected by his team. He believes he’s made the right decision, but stated that he will miss the sport. Williams is leaving the Utes on good terms, and the team wishes him the best for his future.

The Pitt Panthers are Roaring to Go!

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 The Pittsburgh Panthers representing the University of Pittsburgh have a storied football history dating as far as back as 1889. Some of NFL’s best-known players and the sport’s most-respected coaches have an association with the university. Pitt has won nine national championships and boast eight undefeated seasons. These are the expectations which the team has to live up to every spring at the NCAA Division I Football Tournament.

Latest win over Penn State is bittersweet

On Saturday, Pitt beat Penn State 42-39, but going by coach Pat Darduzzi’s reactions, it was far from a convincing win. He expressed his disappointment about the poor second-half performance where he felt the team squandered many chances.

Pitt had a strong start to the game, leading 14-0 and extending it to 28-14 at half-time. However, the opponents returned with renewed vigor, which Pitt struggled to contain. If it wasn’t for senior cornerback Ryan Lewis’ interception, the outcome would have been quite different. The concern is that players are unable to consistently stay on top of their game for all four quarters.

Another concern was that conduct penalties were flagged off pretty quickly. Narduzzi hopes that the team will be emotionally-controlled and indulge in smart, focused play in the upcoming games.

Who is out of the season? 

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Lineback Elijah Zeise and defensive end Dewayne Hendrix will sit the season out due to injuries. Senior wide receiver Dontez Ford is currently battling an injury to his right arm, while freshman cornerback Damar Hamlin – who sustained an injury during training camp – may possibly see some action in this season.

As far as the latest depth charts are concerned, Ford continues being listed as a starter, though there are changes in the backup spots. Keyshon Camp and Amir Watts are now behind Shakir Sotto, while Shane Roy and Mike Herndon are behind Tyrique Jarrett.

What’s going well for Pitt

Pitt have been steadily receiving votes in the AP Top 25. They’re currently in fifth spot with 39 points.

Sophomore wide receiver Quadree Henderson has been a star on the field, leading the team against Penn State and Villanova with his all-purpose yards, which have made him the recipient of the Hornung Award Honor Roll. He has also been named the ACC Specialist of the Week.

Narduzzi is not taking the upcoming game against Oklahoma State lightly. He considers them a Top 25 team on the back of their speed and athleticism. Still, the confidence of a winning streak and well-considered tactics favor a win for the Panthers.

OrTre Smith Announces that he’s Joining South Carolina

OrTre Smith, the wide receiver for Mount Pleasant Wando High School, has verbally committed that he will be playing at South Carolina in the next season. He is on the verge of graduating. In January 2017, he is expected to enroll at South Carolina with hopes that he will earn play time by fall next year.

 

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Why South Carolina?

Even though Smith had scholarship offers from more than 24 colleges, he picked the South Carolina Gamecocks. In what most would consider a surprise move, Smith gave up on Georgia, North Carolina, and Clemson and chose South Carolina instead.

Most people assumed that Smith would play at Clemson, where his mother Tashia Green was a volleyball player from 1989 to 1990. Smith, however, said that he had kept an open mind during the recruiting process. He mentioned that his relationship with the assistant coaches in South Carolina was of higher importance than the school his mother attended.

Smith said that South Carolina’s recruitment was great and the staff did a good job. He mentioned that he loved everyone at the university and called the recruitment a home run. He said that they made him feel wanted and like a priority. He has been given the opportunity to enroll early so he can get practice in spring and hopefully be ready for gametime during his freshman year.

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What have the Gamecocks earned

With Smith’s verbal commitment, he becomes the 22nd candidate for the Gamecocks’ recruiting class for 2017. He is also their eighth four-star prospect. Since July 31, 2016, South Carolina’s head coach Will Muschamp has netted five four-star prospects. These include Hamsah Nasirildeen (defensive back), Jamyest Williams (defensive back), M.J. Webb (defensive tackle), and T.J. Moore (offensive lineman).

Although a junior, Smith has already surpassed opposing secondaries. He has a school record of 84 passes for 1,319 yards and a whopping 16 touchdowns. Smith has been considered one of the country’s best wide receivers. Jimmy Noonan, the head coach at Wando, believes that the Gamecocks is right for Smith and that he’s set to make an early impact on the team.

Smith said that South Carolina already has some great players on its roster and this is going to help them become more competitive in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). He believes that the 2017 class is going to take South Carolina back to victory.

The NCAA to move Championships out of North Carolina

Thanks to a discriminatory state law, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has joined a league of entities to move their businesses out of North Carolina. The state law had already caused Charlotte to lose an NBA All-Star Game. It also earned flak from a majority of the sports world.

 

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The NCAA’s move

In a press release, the NCAA described its decision and stated that seven events will be relocated for the 2016-2017 academic year. This included aspects of four Division I championships. Other sports which were impacted one way or another included tennis, golf, basketball, baseball, and soccer. Football is, however, not listed. There are a couple of reasons behind this.

One of the reasons is that the postseasons for NCAA-operated football games, specifically for Division I, Division II, and Division III FCS, are conducted mostly on campuses and not at pre-decided locations. The only exceptions are the championship games, and none of them have been performed in North Carolina.

The other reason is that the FBS bowl season and College Football Playoff, the college football postseasons that most people know about, don’t have much to do with NCAA apart from needing basic authorization. The Playoff is run by conferences and ESPN. The bowls are conducted either by themselves, conferences, or by ESPN.

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The NCAA’s Board of Governors reportedly decided on moving out of North Carolina because of the state’s cumulative actions regarding civil rights protection. The Board emphasized that all NCAA events and championships must promote a comprehensive, welcome atmosphere for all college sportsmen and sportswomen, coaches, administrators, as well as fans. The Board stated that North Carolina’s current laws make it difficult to guarantee that it can deliver this kind of commitment if NCAA’s events were to remain within the state.

Mark Emmert, the President of NCAA, said that more than fairness in sport, the association is looking to provide a safe and secure environment for their athletes. They intend on providing a respectful environment as well as the best experience possible for fans and anyone else participating in the championships.

ACC’s decision

The Atlantic Coast Conference’s (ACC) decision has not been revealed yet. People will have to be patient and figure out what ACC plans on doing with its December conference football championship. The championship might most likely have a Playoff contender and receive high national media attention.

LSU to honor the Tigers with Gold Throwback Jerseys

Fans of the Louisiana State University have to change their wardrobe as their favorite team plans on wearing gold instead of their usual purple as homage to the Tigers. The LSU football team will wear gold jerseys during their match against Mississippi State this Saturday.

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Welcome the Gridiron Gold

LSU announced the debut of the “Gridiron Gold” jerseys which will be worn during its annual gold game. The change from purple to gold is in order to pay respect to the gold jerseys worn by the Tigers during the 1940s. Although LSU has worn gold or yellow uniforms earlier, the new combination that was released on September 12, 2016, is entirely different.

What do the new uniforms look like?

The new jersey will be gold in color and feature purple numbers and stripes on the shoulder. The uniform consists of white pants as well as a white helmet with the player’s number emblazoned on either side in gold. LSU mentions that the jersey has been designed to recognize the 1940s style when Y.A. Tittle from the Hall of Fame led the Tigers. The helmet number design has been inspired by the 1957-1971 era. The “L” on the pants was taken from the 1900s logo of the program. The entire combination has been hailed an interesting mixture which appears to honor different periods of LSU’s football history.

Les Miles, LSU’s coach, announced that the team will wear these throwback uniforms for their match against Mississippi in the Tiger Stadium.The uniforms are set to form the centerpiece of the university’s annual Gold Game festivities set to take place on September 17, 2016. LSU’s All-America running back Leonard Fournette said that the team is very excited to adorn the old LSU colors. They look forward to honoring the past with the Gridiron Gold uniforms. He called it a classy look and said that it is special for the team to wear the gold uniform and represent Louisiana.

The match against Mississippi on Saturday will be the first time LSU has worn gold since 1998. The Tigers took on Florida during the match in Gainesville. The last time the team wore gold in Tiger Stadium was in 1996, when they faced Vanderbilt and defeated them with a 35-0 victory.

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Don’t miss as the LSU Tigers take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs on September 17, 2016, at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Houston’s Greg Ward to face Cincinnati after Recovery from Injury

Houston Cougar’s quarterback Greg Ward Jr. is set to make a return and will face Cincinnati on September 15, 2016, following a shoulder injury.

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What happened?

Ward suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder and missed the game last Saturday against the Lamar Cardinals. He suffered the injury during the second half of the season opener game against Oklahoma on September 3, 2016. During the match, another player fell on top of Ward as he tried to get off the ground. An MRI later showed that Ward had no structural damage, but he did receive an injection of platelet-rich plasma as treatment. He received some treatment and threw some passes during the pre-game warmups. He was not supposed to play after, but a three-and-a-half hour lightning delay allowed Ward to undergo a second rehab treatment, which would have otherwise taken place on Sunday.

Ward was seen at practise on Sunday night and was cleared to return to the game. He will join the game as the Cougars take on Cincinnati on Thursday during the American Athletic Conference championship. Ward said that he is feeling better than he did and he continues to feel better every day. He also stated that he has no doubt that he can take on Cincinnati without any limitations. During practise, Ward went through his normal throwing routine. He did not seem to favor his shoulder.

Players’ return

Besides Ward, the Houston Cougars also welcomed back Duke Catalon, the running back, for practise on Sunday night. Catalon was out of the game due to a sprained ankle. Tom Herman, the head coach, stated that both players have been cleared to participate in the game against Cincinnati on Thursday. Herman said the second treatment was good for Ward and is glad to have him back.

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Brandon Wilson, the cornerback, however, suffered a lower leg contusion against the Lamar Cardinals. He was allowed limited practise and has been listed as a day-to-day, according to coach Herman.

While Ward was away, backup quarterback Kyle Postma took his spot. He led a great offense which raked in 511 yards and resulted in a 42-0 win against the Lamar Cardinals.

With Ward back in the team, the Houston Cougars have avoided a disaster that could have caused them to lose any hopes of becoming conference champions again along with missing their chance at making the College Football Playoff. Coach Herman says the short amount of time for preparation is not ideal, but he is confident nonetheless.

 

FSU’s Derwin James down with Meniscus Tear, Vows to return Stronger

Florida State University’s Derwin James is reportedly going to miss at least five to seven weeks of gameplay after suffering a meniscus tear in his left knee. He is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the torn meniscus.

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The damage

James underwent the surgery on September 12, 2016. Jimbo Fisher, the coach of the Florida State Seminoles, said that an accurate timetable for James will be available only after the doctors gave their verdict. Fisher mentioned that James has not suffered any ACL injuries, but has damaged the cartilage in his left knee. He also does not have any structural damage either.

The meniscus tear occurred when James performed a tackle during the third quarter of the match against FCS Charleston Southern. Although his team had a 52-8 victory, James had to limp to the sideline where he was examined by a medic and later carted into the team’s locker room.

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What does the injury mean to James?

With James out of the running, his injury will cause him to miss the second-ranked Seminoles’ ACC opener match against Louisville scheduled for later this week. He will also miss games against North Carolina, University of South Florida, Miami, and even possibly Clemson.

Fisher has promised to do what is best for James as he recovers. James has, however, vowed that he will do whatever it takes to return to the game stronger. He said that injuries are part of the game, and you have to learn from them and do whatever is needed to come back stronger. Since the meniscus tear is not a major injury like an ACL injury, James is expected to recover quickly and return to the field. The doctor treating his injury has called him a fast healer, so it may not take too long for the player to get back on track.

Derwin James – The icon

James is a 6-foot-3 player weighing in at 211 pounds. He is considered to be one of the country’s best defensive backs. As a freshman, he became an All-American and third-team All-ACC selection. Last year, James finished second in the state of Florida in tackles, tackles for loss, forced fumbles, sacks, and recoveries.

Nate Andrews, the senior safety, is expected to return to the the game after suffering a calf injury which put him out for two weeks. A.J. Westbrook and Calvin Brewton, sophmore defensive backs, are expected to fill in for James during his absence. Coach Fisher has also suggested that the defense will explore different variations.

A Look at the Best from Week 2 of NCAA Football

We’re already done with week 2 of NCAA football and needless to say, it’s been quite a week! We witnessed some of the best plays we’ve seen in a long time. In case you were too busy to notice or were just too awestruck, here are the shining stars of last week’s games.

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Lamar Jackson – Quarterback, Louisville Cardinals

Lamar Jackson probably delivered one of the best plays ever seen, scoring 8 touchdowns in just one half of the game against Charlotte in the first week. If he continued for the whole game, we’re pretty sure score keeping would have turned out to be a major problem.

In week 2’s game against Syracuse, Jackson upped his game once again. He completed 20-39 passing for 411 yards, along with 21 carries for 199 yards. If that wasn’t enough, he scored a total of 5 touchdowns in the game against Orange, allowing the Cardinals to lead by 62-28.

Jackson even became the FBS’s second player to throw 400 yards, while rushing for 150. He lost the first place by a single rushing yard.

Jackson currently has a total of 13 touchdowns and 1015 offensive yards with just 2 games and 6 quarters.

Jackson and the Cardinals will now be going against Florida State up next. With the Seminoles playing flawless defence, it’s hard to predict how Jackson’s going to react.  However, he’s a player to definitely watch out for.

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Austin Allen – Quarterback, Arkansas Razorbacks

Austin Allen is another stellar quarterback who makes this list. Week 1 saw Allen doing a pretty good job and he just got better at week 2. We saw Allen lead the Razorbacks into victory against the Horned Frogs (No. 15) and all that was done in double overtime.

Allen’s touchdown on the Razorbacks’ second possession during the extra frame allowed the team to walk out with a win.

Wound up on the 5 yard line at 38-38, Allen shot out towards the right, coming in contact with 7 of the TCU’s front bodies, ahead of the goal line. However, this did not stop the quarterback, who managed to push through towards a winning touchdown.

Allen played a key role in pushing the Razorbacks towards overtime after the Horned Frogs launched an offensive attack. With 8 pints down, Allen managed to lead the Razorbacks through the field and served up a touchdown pass with just 1:03 minutes remaining.

Allen completed the game with 17 out of 29 for 223 passing yards and a total of 4 touchdowns. However, his best plays took place out of the pocket.