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Attorney: Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon 'has done nothing wrong' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 4:24 pm]
Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon is still being investigated for an alleged assault of a female OU student early Friday morning, but his attorney is adamant that Mixon is innocent. The alleged victim, 20-year-old Amelia Rae Molitor, told The Oklahoman that Mixon punched her in the face and broke four bones at a restaurant in Norman. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, released a statement Monday evening saying that his client was attacked by a “troubled young woman” and “has done nothing wrong.” Per SoonerScoop.com, the statement from Finlay, in full, reads: “This past Friday morning Joe Mixon found himself in a situation where he was subjected to both verbal and physical attacks from a very intoxicated and troubled young woman. As a result of these physical attacks, Joe instinctually defended himself against further harm. As promised, Joe met with investigators from the Norman Police Department this afternoon. Throughout the meeting, Joe continued to be forthcoming and cooperative with their investigation. We are looking forward to a thorough investigation and are very much looking forward to the truth coming out. As we have always maintained, Joe has done nothing wrong.” As Finlay’s statement detailed, Mixon met with Norman police on Monday. According to SoonerScoop, during his meeting with police, Mixon “requested charges be filed for assault and battery” against Molitor. Police will continue to interview “all parties involved” before any charges are filed on either side. Video surveillance of the incident from the restaurant, Pickleman’s Gourmet Café, has been obtained by the Norman Police Department. SoonerScoop is reporting that only the Norman PD had access to the video before Mixon’s attorney’s met with the district attorney’s office Monday “to discuss” the footage. Additionally, SoonerScoop is reporting that Mixon’s attorneys and the University have requested copies of the video. Oklahoma released a statement say

2014 season preview: Five games to watch in week 7 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 3:07 pm]
The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.) All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted. These games take place the weekend of October 11. Previously: Week One (August 30) ~ Week Two (September 6) ~ Week Three (September 13) ~ Week Four (September 20) ~ Week Five (September 27) ~ Week Six (October 4) Oregon at UCLA (TBD) Two PAC-12 division favorites, two potential playoff contenders and two quarterbacks who could easily go near the top of next year’s NFL draft. UCLA went into Autzen last year as the twelfth-ranked team in the nation and made it to the half tied at 14, but the Ducks blanked them 28-0 after the break on their way to a blowout win. This Bruins team may have lost defensive lynchpins Jordan Zumwalt and Anthony Barr, but they’re deeper and get the Ducks at home. Quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley combined for a smooth 75 touchdowns in 2013, although both lose their leading 2013 receivers. Both teams, however, return four of their five offensive linemen and their top tailbacks. Texas vs. Oklahoma (in Dallas, TBD) Last year’s Red River Shootout (please do not call it the Rivalry) was almost surely the low point of an Oklahoma season that included 11 wins, a Sugar Bowl upset over Alabama, a victory at Notre Dame and a regular season finale that denied rival Oklahoma State a BCS bid. (It was without question the highlight for a Texas team that ditched its head coach at the season’s end.) The main problem for Oklahoma in the 30-26 loss was quarterback Blake Bell, who went 12 of 26 for 133 yards and two interceptions, but Bell has given way to Trevor Knight, whose slicing and dicing of the Tide has Sooner fans thinking championship. Texas is also without their starter from last year’s

NCAA and plaintiffs agree to settlement in class-action head injury lawsuit [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 2:36 pm]
As part of a settlement agreement with the plaintiffs in a class-action head injury lawsuit on Tuesday, the NCAA will create a $70 million fund to help diagnose and investigate head trauma suffered by college athletes. However, there's a distinct difference from this settlement and the settlement the NFL reached with former players who had sued because of head injuries. From the AP: Unlike a proposed settlement in a similar lawsuit against the NFL, this deal stops short of setting aside money to pay players who suffered brain trauma. Instead, athletes can sue individually for damages and the NCAA-funded tests to gauge the extent of neurological injuries could establish grounds for doing that. The filing serves as notice to the federal judge overseeing the class-action case that the parties struck a deal after nearly a year of negotiations. In addition to football, ice hockey and soccer, the settlement also applies to all men and women who participated in basketball, wrestling, field hockey and lacrosse. In June, the NFL and former players agreed to a revised settlement regarding the lawsuit between the two surrounding head trauma. Per the new agreement, there will be no limit to the funds paid out "to any retired player who develops a qualifying neurocognitive condition." There will also be new, standard, NCAA rules about how schools should handle concussions. In 2010, the NCAA said that players should be kept from playing for "at least" a day. You can see how there could be a lot of differences in the interpretation and application of that rule by colleges and universities. The class-action suit is the combination of 10 lawsuits filed against the NCAA. Former Eastern Illinois safety Adrian Arrington is the lead plaintiff. A federal district judge must approve the terms of the settlement. According to the AP, the settlement does not limit the number of players who played college athletics who can be tested for brain trauma. Because there's no payout as part of the

Missisippi State's coaches had a party and dressed up as movie characters (Photos) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 2:06 pm]
Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still weeks away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us. Ever dreamed of seeing Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen dressed up as Carl Spackler from "Caddyshack?" This is the best Tuesday of your life. Mississippi State's coaches had a staff party and dressed up as movie characters. While Mullen was Spackler, his wife Megan was Lacey Underall from the movie. Carl Spackler and Lacey Underall at the party. pic.twitter.com/OMF3x9RDjo — Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) July 29, 2014 Anyone else wonder what Mullen used to replicate the stain on Spackler's shirt? Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins went the Fever Pitch route. Ben and Lindsay. #FeverPitch @CoachCollins pic.twitter.com/T5UEWkiDjL — Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) July 29, 2014 While recruiting coordinator Tony Hughes was James Brown. James Brown made it to the staff party. @coachtonyhughes pic.twitter.com/LYivXUJzc0 — Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) July 29, 2014 Here's the entire crew. It looks like Joe Dirt was there too along with Indiana Jones and a member of the Trailer Park Boys. Everyone dressed as a summer movie character pic.twitter.com/f8gsPncdKu — Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) July 29, 2014 - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Mississippi State's coaches had a party and dressed up as movie characters (Photos) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 2:06 pm]
Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still weeks away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us. Ever dreamed of seeing Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen dressed up as Carl Spackler from "Caddyshack?" This is the best Tuesday of your life. Mississippi State's coaches had a staff party and dressed up as movie characters. While Mullen was Spackler, his wife Megan was Lacey Underall from the movie. Carl Spackler and Lacey Underall at the party. pic.twitter.com/OMF3x9RDjo— Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) July 29, 2014 Anyone else wonder what Mullen used to replicate the stain on Spackler's shirt? Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins went the Fever Pitch route. Ben and Lindsay. #FeverPitch @CoachCollins pic.twitter.com/T5UEWkiDjL— Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) July 29, 2014 While recruiting coordinator Tony Hughes was James Brown. James Brown made it to the staff party. @coachtonyhughes pic.twitter.com/LYivXUJzc0— Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) July 29, 2014 Here's the entire crew. It looks like Joe Dirt was there too along with Indiana Jones and a member of the Trailer Park Boys. Everyone dressed as a summer movie character pic.twitter.com/f8gsPncdKu— Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) July 29, 2014 - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Florida QB Will Grier becomes the latest to catch a football while doing a backflip (video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 1:39 pm]
Florida incoming freshman QB Will Grier still has an additional football to go to match Minnesota WR Logan Hutton, but his football-catching backflip is still incredibly impressive. Grier posted a video of himself catching a football while tumbling over to Instagram on Monday. DeAndre Goolsby also gets credit for the kick; there'd be no way for Grier to catch that if it was a bad boot. Grier was a four-star recruit according to Rivals in the class of 2014 and the No. 46 QB in the country. Earlier this summer, Minnesota posted a video of Hutton catching two footballs while doing a backflip. Somewhere, there's a college football player working on trying to catch three at a time, isn't there? - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Will Muschamp accidentally publicly tweets instead of sending a direct message (again) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 1:14 pm]
Perhaps Will Muschamp should take a social media class at a Gainesville, Fla., library. Less than a week after publicly tweeting what was obviously a direct message aimed at a recruit, the Florida coach did it again on Monday night. Or maybe, just maybe, he was recruiting you. Yeah, you. You've got eligibility left, right? Upon further consideration, the most depressing thing about this may not be the fact that Muschamp doesn't know how to use the direct message feature on Twitter but rather his use of "u" instead of you. He's a grown man. Grown men don't need to say "u." (Muschamp had only used 90 of Twitter's 140 character limit in that message, so he was not hamstrung by space concerns.) The use of hashtags on Twitter also has confused Muschamp in the past. He wondered aloud what their purpose was given that the "#" sign is typically a number sign. And therefore, he sometimes signs random tweets with "#numbersign." Great weekend with Pat and Emmitt Smith #GatorMade #Numbersign pic.twitter.com/CjSC7IFDry — Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) May 11, 2014 If Florida didn't struggle so much last year, Gator fans may find Muschamp's Twitter adventures endearing. However, the guess is that many don't. - - - - - - - (Tweet screenshot via Sporting News) Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is healthy and coach Urban Meyer wants him to stay that way [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 11:26 pm]
Quarterback Braxton Miller hasn't played an injury-free season during his time at Ohio State, but coach Urban Meyer thinks this season could change that. During Big Ten media days on Monday, Meyer said Miller, who missed all of spring practices, was healthy after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. "He is ready to go," Meyer said. "He's full speed, best shape he's ever been in his life." Miller suffered the injury in the 40-35 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, one of the many injuries Miller has suffered during his three playing seasons at Ohio State. Many of those injuries have been a product of Miller's scrambling. Miller, who is one of the nation’s best dual-threat quarterbacks, has rushed 557 times for 3,054 yards during his career. But Miller said despite offseason conditioning and bulking up from 212 pounds to 221 pounds, he doesn’t plan to take the same kind of hits he’s taken in past seasons. Braxton Miller up to 221 pounds (from 212) but still feels faster. As for taking same pounding as last year? "That ain't gonna happen." — Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) July 28, 2014 But keeping Miller healthy will really be dependent on an offensive line that’s made up of four new starters. Meyer said he likes the group’s work ethic, but he won’t know what he’s got until they get into a game situation. “Concern No. 1, I mean, that's it,” Meyer said of his offensive line. “There's a bunch of concerns you always have. It's A through F, A through Z, A through X, whatever it is. But the number one on the list is development of that offensive line for the reasons you just said, among many other. “You want to win that game, but protecting our quarterback is paramount. I don't want to say that's all our focus, but that's where a lot of our focus is right now.” - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter!Follow @YahooDrSaturday

Big Ten media day: Pat Fitzgerald apologizes to Nebraska; Bo Pelini's cat makes Chicago debut [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 10:35 pm]
Unlike the other power conferences, the Big Ten jam packs its media day festivities into one day where all 14 conference head coaches, along with players from each team, address reporters in Chicago. There wasn’t a whole lot of noise made at this year’s event, but now that Rutgers and Maryland have become official members, the league has re-aligned into an eastern and western division. The west has already been pegged by league media as the weaker of the two divisions, but coaches aren’t looking at it that way. Wisconsin, despite its question marks on offense, is considered the top contender in the division, largely because of what is said to be a weaker schedule against its west division counterparts. Badgers head coach Gary Andersen doesn’t buy that theory. "We're all going to put our helmets on and go out on play,” Andersen said. “That will define this year's teams. So to sit here now and say this division is this and this division is that based off traditions of a school, I don't buy that. There's tremendous tradition and both teams on both sides. We'll all fight it out in the defining moment and we'll see who's who." Pat Fitzgerald says his team is 'united,' apologizes to Nebraska On his home turf in Chicago, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, coming off a disappointing 5-7 season, kicked things off Monday morning. Fitzgerald, entering his ninth season in charge of the Wildcats, expressed excitement about having senior quarterback Trevor Siemian and fifth-year running back Venric Mark back on offense. He also alluded to the unionization effort from the spring as a “distraction” and discussed the mood of the team in the months following the NLRB ruling and subsequent closed-ballot vote. “I'm proud of the maturity our guys demonstrated throughout the whole process that we went through this offseason,” Fitzgerald said. “As I look back and reflect upon the experiences that our young men went through and our entire football program went th

Larry Fedora has visible six-pack abs (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 10:13 pm]
Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still weeks away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us. North Carolina coach Larry Fedora has better abs than a lot of his football players. Just look at this picture of him from the beach. Larry Fedora, w/daughter, on his 6-pack abs secret: “No beer, no cardio, lift weights 45 minutes 4 days/week” pic.twitter.com/9LgqEGPEcy — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 28, 2014 The "no cardio" that Fedora likely refers to is a lack of running or other hamster work at the gym on an elliptical or stairclimber. Instead, his cardio is coming via his weightlifting sessions. Yes, weightlifting can be cardio too. The lifting sessions Fedora is engaging in are probably raising his heart rate above and beyond what it would be at through a session of steady-state running or pedaling. And there's likely little rest time between sets either. The method of "no cardio" is an extremely effective one too. You can burn lots of calories in an intense weightlifting session and get stronger at the same time. That's a double-benefit. Add in a caloric deficit and weight loss happens. WIll you look as good as Fedora? Well, genetics play a large role too. But his secret above really isn't much of a secret at all. It's just underutilized. (We'd be remiss not to link to EDSBS's wonderful post about Fedora's abs. He's a man who has whacked a tire with a sledgehammer before.) - - - - - - - (GIF H/T to Backing the Pack) Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio claims the Spartans are 'one of the hunted' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 9:52 pm]
Mark Dantonio didn’t want to put his team on too high of a pedestal. Sure, Michigan State is coming off its best season in school history with a 13-1 record, Big Ten title and the first Rose Bowl crown since 1988, but Dantonio is trying to temper expectations in a league where the Spartans aren’t even the favorite this year. “First of all, I termed ourselves one of the hunted, so I think that’s important to recognize — not ‘the hunted,'” Dantonio said during Big Ten media day on Monday. “We’re not looking for any entitlement, anybody to put us up there. We’ll get what we earn. Every game will be a challenge, beginning with our first game … We’ve had a knack for winning football games these last couple years, but we’ve also taken a step back at times. It’s important that we understand that we’ve done that. “We’ve stuck our foot in the ground and driven forward when those things have happened. We found the inches last year, We have to continue to find those inches and gain even more ground because respectability could fly right out the window on us. I understand that. It’s what we’ve done lately that you’re basically judged on. We continue to build our future as we move forward.” To show how fleeting success can be, Michigan State was picked by Big Ten media to finish second in the East Division behind Ohio State, a team the Spartans beat to capture the conference crown a year ago. But Dantonio knows credibility comes with consistency. And while the Spartans have won at least 11 games in three of the past four seasons, it also had a 7-6 slipup in 2012. The Spartans return five players from a defense that ranked in the top three in the four main defensive statistical categories a year ago. Seven players return on offense, including quarterback Connor Cook, who came into his own in the postseason when his performances earned him Big Ten championship game MVP and Rose Bowl offensive MVP. But more than anything on the field, Danto

Big Ten media day: Kyle Flood says he recruits the 'State of Rutgers' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 9:32 pm]
The "State of Rutgers" is apparently larger than New Jersey. When asked about his team's recruiting area during Monday's Big Ten media days, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood mentioned the "State of Rutgers," as the territory of the state university of New Jersey. "Certainly as we recruit, we recruit what's called the State of Rutgers," Flood said. And the State of Rutgers begins in New Jersey, but it also includes southeastern New York, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and we've always traditionally recruited Florida.  So that's been our recruiting footprint, and that will not change." "What I will tell you is the Big Ten schools, whether it's our neighbor to the west, our neighbor to the south or any other traditional programs in the Big Ten, have always recruited New Jersey. And that hasn't changed.  And what's important to me is that we find the right players that are right for Rutgers." "I would tell you the one thing that changed is we've seen some more interest from some non‑traditional areas. Last year we signed a tight end from Texas, a tight end from Minnesota, a quarterback from Michigan. So to me, that really has been the biggest change because those players I'm not so sure would have been as interested in playing in the Big East, but they're certainly interested in playing in the Big Ten." However, if Rutgers is to be successful in the Big Ten, it's going to need to up its recruiting game in its home state. The state of New Jersey, that is. While Flood may believe he's seen a national uptick in interest in his program because of the conference switch, the number of high-profile Big Ten commitments in the state of New Jersey has increased as well. In 2012, before the plans to switch conferences were announced, Rutgers signed 10 of New Jersey's Rivals three-star and above recruits to letters of intent, including five of New Jersey's top 10 recruits. Three three-star and above players signed with other Big Ten schools. In 2013 and 2014, Rutgers has sig

Former Tennessee tailback Corey Larkins: 'Derek Dooley was a loser' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 9:02 pm]
Returning Tennessee to its former glory has not been easy. Since the Vols won the national title in 1998, they have won 10 or more games just four times, had six losing seasons, including four straight, and are on their third coach since Philip Fulmer was forced out in 2008. And while many of the former players think Tennessee is on its way back behind second-year coach Butch Jones, it’s hard for them to let go out the years since Fulmer's departure. "I really don't even want to say the names of the two guys who were there between Coach Fulmer and Coach Jones,” former linebacker Al Wilson told the Times Free Press. Wilson was one of several former Tennessee players working a youth football camp this past weekend and asked about his thoughts on the state of the program. “They don't deserve to have their names mentioned with Tennessee football. As somebody who went 45-5 while I was at UT, that's a place I care a lot about and I'm just glad that there's somebody in charge again who gets it and who wants to be there and take the program back to where it was and where it should be.” Wilson wasn’t the only one who had unkind words for Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley, two coaches who bridged the gap — poorly — between Fulmer and the current regime. Kiffin spent just one year with the Vols, got the team in hot water with the NCAA and then bolted for USC. Dooley came from Louisiana Tech, struggled to a 15-21 record in three seasons and made very few friends among the former alumni. "With Coach Jones, when you walk into the facility now it's like you never left,” said former fullback Troy Fleming, who was with the Vols from 1999-2003. “The guys who have worked around the program for years are at ease now, which tells you things are good again. The biggest thing about Coach Jones is he actually does his job. Unlike that guy we call Derek Doolittle, who really did very little.” And these were the kind comments. Former tailback Corey Larkins, who played from 2

Two LSU freshmen arrested in separate incidents [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 8:29 pm]
Two LSU true freshmen were arrested in separate incidents on campus last week. Trey Lealaimatafao and Davon Godchaux, both defensive linemen, will be “disciplined internally” and have already met with head coach Les Miles, LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette told NOLA.com. LSU police said that Lealaimatafao, a defensive tackle from San Antonio, Texas, was arrested for stealing a bicycle. The incident allegedly took place on July 1 when the bike was stolen near the Middleton Library on campus. Per NOLA.com: Investigators identified Lealaimatafao from surveillance footage in the area and made contact with him on Thursday. He admitted taking the bike and told investigators he thought it was permissible if the bike was not secured, Lalonde said. The bike was returned to the victim Thursday. This is the second incident involving the 17-year-old Lealaimatafao in his short time on campus. Last week, Lealaimatafao was hospitalized after punching a glass window in the Tigers’ weight room, severely injuring his arm. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday. Lealaimatafao, a three-star recruit, is expected to miss the season due to the arm injury. Elsewhere, Godchaux, 19, was arrested July 21 for criminal mischief. The 19-year-old defensive end was identified as a suspect in an incident where firecrackers were thrown “into a unit at LSU’s West Campus Apartments.” Police said that Godchaux admitted to throwing the firecrackers, which started a small fire and damaged a sofa. Godchaux, a four-star recruit from Plaquemine, La., said throwing the fireworks was supposed to be a prank. For more LSU news, visit TigerBait.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Several question marks exist on offense for Wisconsin [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 6:27 pm]
Everyone knows about Melvin Gordon. The Wisconsin running back mulled leaving for the NFL, but the 1,600-yard rusher is back in Madison for his redshirt junior season. He’s ready to tear up the Big Ten again, but for second-year head coach Gary Andersen, he’s one of a few known commodities on the Badgers’ offense heading into the 2014 season. The offensive line is stout like most Wisconsin lines in past seasons have been, but wide receiver, with Jared Abbrederis (78 catches, 1,081 yards, 7 TDs) out of the picture, is the offense’s weakest link. “Offensively – there’s lots of questions. Wide receiver is a big question mark and it’s been talked about a lot. We need a couple young men to step up,” Andersen said Monday at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. It’s not easy to replace a player as productive as Abbrederis, a recent draft choice of the Green Bay Packers. One player is not going to do it, but Andersen pointed to a few different guys who can collectively fill the void. “We have to replace Jared with two or three players,” Andersen said. “Now, there's some young men in that program that Wisconsin football means a lot to. Kenzel Doe has had an unbelievable offseason, a very good spring, became dynamic at the end of the year in the return game. He'll be a presence for us in that situation. Jordan Fredrick has had his role. Alex Erickson has had his role. The challenge is for the youth to step up.” In addition to Doe (7 catches, 57 yards in 2013), Fredrick (10 catches, 106 yards) and Erickson (9 catches, 127 yards), Andersen also named sophomore Robert Wheelwright and redshirt freshman Jazz Peavy as two guys who “need to be ready to step up.” Another question on offense is who exactly will be delivering the ball to these untested receivers. Joel Stave, who started all 13 games for the Badgers last season, returns, but Andersen hardly offered him a vote of confidence Monday. In fact, Andersen said the position is “an open competition”

Utah QB Travis Wilson cited for underage drinking [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 5:06 pm]
Utah quarterback Travis Wilson was cited for possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor Friday night. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the 20-year-old Wilson was attending a Tim McGraw concert in Salt Lake City, was cited into West Valley Justice Court and subsequently “released at the scene.” Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham released a statement acknowledging the incident. “We are still in the process of gathering information on the incident,” Whittingham said. “Once we have all the facts, we will handle the situation internally and determine any disciplinary action that should be taken.” Wilson, a junior, recently was given the thumbs up to continue his playing career after an intracranial artery condition was discovered following a concussion sustained against Arizona State last season. Wilson had thrown for 1,827 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions before the injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. His career was thought to be in jeopardy, but he was cleared to participate in non-contact drills in February. After further examinations, Wilson received final medical clearance in June to continue his career with the Utes moving forward. Despite starting 16 games over the past two seasons for the Utes, Wilson’s starting role is not set in stone heading into the 2014 season. His injury history, plus the addition of Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson, could result in a bit of a quarterback battle once fall camp begins. Coming off a 5-7 season, the Utes open up the 2014 season against Idaho State at home on August 28. For more Utah news, visit Utezone.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Marshall dismisses star running back Kevin Grooms after arrest [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 4:35 pm]
Marshall running back Kevin Grooms has been dismissed from the team following a Saturday arrest. Grooms, C-USA’s Freshman of the Year in 2012, was arrested Saturday on charges of misdemeanor domestic assault by threat, felony burglary and daytime breaking and entering, misdemeanor petit larceny and fleeing on foot. The Marshall athletic department confirmed Grooms dismissal to the Charleston Daily Mail, saying he had been dismissed for a “violation of team rules and policies.” Grooms time with the Marshall program hasn’t been great off the field. According to the paper, Saturday’s incident was Grooms’ third arrest since April 2013. On April 21, 2013, Grooms was arrested on misdemeanor charges of underage drinking and obstruction. He also was one of five people named in a civil suit filed in May seeking damages after a pedestrian claimed Grooms was in a car that struck him “while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, operating said motor vehicle at excessive speed.” Grooms also was arrested on Nov. 30, 2013 on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and obstruction. Grooms rushed for 737 yards in 2012, but struggled with an ankle injury in 2013. He shared carries with Essray Taliaferro and Steward Butler in 2013, and finished with 91 carries for 503 yards and six scores. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter!Follow @YahooDrSaturday

2014 season preview: Five games to watch in week 6 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 3:15 pm]
The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.) All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted. These games take place the weekend of October 4. Previously: Week One (August 30) ~ Week Two (September 6) ~ Week Three (September 13) ~ Week Four (September 20) ~ Week Five (September 27) LSU at Auburn (TBD) We didn’t think much of last year’s late September Tiger brawl between Auburn and LSU, a 35-21 Bayou Bengal smashing that was never in doubt. Then, of course, Auburn proceeded to not lose again until January in the title game. Gus Malzahn’s offense was held to its lowest 2013 output in Baton Rouge, but with quarterback Nick Marshall, most of his offensive line and every receiver of note back, he’ll have a good chance at improving on the 21-point total. Auburn had no answer for LSU tailback Jeremy Hill last year, and could face an even deadlier foe in five-star freshman Leonard Fournette, who will be running behind a veteran offensive line. Fournette is…well, he’s engendering comparisons to Adrian Peterson as a freshman and it’s telling that no one is really claiming blasphemy. Perhaps because they’ve seen his highlight reel?   Stanford at Notre Dame (3:30 p.m.) Two years ago this was a battle of top-ten teams, with Notre Dame prevailing in a soggy overtime session that ended with a semi-controversial goal line stand. Stanford took care of business at home last year 27-20, grabbing two interceptions off of Tommy Rees in the final six minutes to maintain the margin. Rees (purveyor of end-game heroics in 2012 and fourth quarter picks last year) is gone, replaced by Everett Golson, who adds a level of dynamism to the Irish offense. He’ll be attempting to do damage against a salty Cardinal defense led by v

Five-star Oklahoma freshman Joe Mixon accused of assault [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 26, 2014, 6:04 pm]
The highest-rated player in Oklahoma’s 2014 recruiting class is the subject of a police investigation in an assault on a female OU student. SoonerScoop.com was the first to report that five-star running back Joe Mixon was involved in a “serious altercation” early Friday morning at Pickleman’s Gourmet Café, a restaurant in Norman. Mixon, who was reportedly out celebrating his 18th birthday Thursday night into Friday morning, has not been arrested at the scene and an investigation is underway. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay told the Norman Transcript that he had been communicating with local police throughout the day Friday. “We are cooperating with authorities and look forward to resolving this matter,” Finlay said. The alleged victim, 20-year-old Amelia Rae Molitor, told The Oklahoman that Mixon punched her in the face and broke four bones. Molitor said she had never seen Mixon before and that Mixon was “harassing” her and some of her friends before the alleged incident occurred. “He punched me one time,” Molitor said. “He broke my face in four places … my nose, my sinuses … they’re broken.” Molitor said that she intends to take legal action against Mixon and that she hopes he “goes to prison for years.” “That’s what he deserves. I don’t care if he’s the star running back or not,” Molitor said. Molitor, a native of Euless, Texas, also said that she fears repercussions from Oklahoma football fans. “That’s my big fear (the fans),” she said. “I’ve been told to stay off of social media to avoid (OU fans) coming after me on there. Via USA Today, the incident report sad that a 5-foot-7, 130-pound female “was hit in the face by a male subject ­– (subject) is gone – she is in the bathroom – she is (conscious) and she is intoxicated – she is bleeding from the mouth – no difficulty breathing.” Additionally, the report noted that the woman had “apparent broken bones” and there was “no known motivatio

Georgia LB Davin Bellamy arrested for DUI Saturday morning [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 26, 2014, 4:29 pm]
Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy was arrested on DUI and speeding charges Saturday morning. He's the second Georgia player to get arrested in less than a week and the seventh Bulldog to be arrested this offseason. Bellamy was pulled overand, per UGA Sports, was booked at 5:02 a.m. After posting bond, he was released from jail nearly 90 minutes later. Would like to apologize to #dawgnation for my immaturity. I have embarrassed myself, my family, & my brothers. I will gain your trust back— DB(XVII)™ (@DavinBellamy17) July 26, 2014 Both of Bellamy's charges are misdemeanors. Tuesday, DL Jonathan Taylor was arrested on charges of aggravated assault. He was subsequently dismissed from the team. He was also one of four players arrested in March for "double-dipping" scholarship checks. Bellamy redshirted last season as a freshman. In 2013 he was the No. 25 DE in the country according to Rivals and because of his size (6-5, 240), he moved to linebacker at Georgia. According to the depth chart at UGA Sports, he was the top backup for Jordan Jenkins at Jack linebacker. The Georgia student-athlete handbook says that DUI is a two-game suspension, meaning that Bellamy could be suspended for Georgia's games against Clemson and South Carolina. For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg  





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