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|Doc 5: Best QB transfers that didn't play in 2013 -- No. 4 Jesse Scroggins [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 11, 2014, 1:50 pm]
This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss. TOP FIVE QB TRANSFERS WHO DIDNâT PLAY LAST SEASON NO. 4: JESSE SCROGGINS, ARIZONA Itâs been a long time since Jesse Scroggins was in the spotlight. In 2010, Scroggins was a four-star recruit out of Lakewood, Calif., and the No. 5 quarterback in the country. He signed with USC, redshirted in 2010 and was one of Matt Barkleyâs backups in 2011. His future at USC was bleak, so he spent 2012 at El Camino College and had FBS schools fighting over him after his season. He settled on Arizona. With starter Matt Scott gone, Scroggins seemed like a natural fit to be the starter. But he suffered a foot injury and missed most of spring drills. He had a concussion in fall camp and, when he recovered, did little to challenge starter B.J. Denker, who played every snap in 2013. Coming into this season -- Scroggins final season -- the only thing most Arizona fans have seen from the former highly touted quarterback is an interception on his first pass of the 2013 spring game. But Scroggins has one final chance to live up to the hype that has followed him throughout his career. With Denker gone, the Arizona quarterbacking race is wide open. Scroggins is competing against Anu Solomon, Connor Brewer, Jerrard Randall, but he wasnât considered the favorite coming in simply because of his lackluster performance in the past year. However, Scroggins has impressed during the early part of camp. He looks strong and has a better rapport with his receivers. He even seems like heâs adjusted to the speed of coach Rich Rodriguezâs offense, which Rodriguez has said, will only get faster. Scroggins is out of chances. He has the talent and the credentials to help Arizona to the top of the Pac-12. If he wants any shot at rega
Miami offensive lineman Hunter Knighton released from hospital [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 11, 2014, 1:08 pm]
Miami offensive lineman Hunter Knighton was released from the hospital Monday, two weeks after âfalling illâ during a workout in which he reportedly lost consciousness. The specifics as to what happened to Knighton during that workout remain unknown as the family has requested privacy. Knighton, a redshirt freshman from Pottstown, Pa., released a statement on his Facebook page. âTo everyone who has been praying for the last two weeks. Thank you,â Knighton wrote. âIâm finally out of the hospital. Especially thanks to the best family, coaches, doctors, and support group for getting me this far.â There is no word as of now when Knighton, who redshirted all of the 2013 season after suffering a shoulder injury, will return to Miami practice. The Hurricanes began spring practice on March 1 and are currently on spring break. When the incident occurred, the school released a statement saying that Knightonâs prognosis was encouraging. âOur thoughts and prayers are with Hunter Knighton and his family at this time, though we are encouraged by the prognosis. We look forward to his return to normal activities as soon as his health permits. Out of respect for the privacy of those involved, UM will have no further comment at this time,â the schoolâs statement read. According to the Miami Herald, Hurricanes coach Al Golden told the media that family and coaches were âoptimisticâ about Knightonâs recovery. - - - Want to join the conversation? Hit us up on Twitter @YahooDrSaturday be sure to "Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog.
Former Iowa player sues university after 2011 hospitalization [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 11, 2014, 12:17 pm]
Former Iowa cornerback William Lowe is suing the university for a 2011 incident that left him hospitalized with exertional rhabdomyolysis and has since caused him lasting harm. Lowe was one of 13 Iowa football players who were hospitalized following several workouts at the start of winter conditioning. All 13 players were hospitalized and diagnosed with exertional rhabdomyolysis, a condition that releases protein into the bloodstream and can cause kidney failure. In the suit, Lowe alleges that coaches and trainers failed to respond to players when they complained of severe pain and other symptoms during a workout on Jan. 20, 2011. That workout consisted of 100 back squats players were asked to do at 50 percent of their personal best. According to a study by University of Iowa doctors published last year, those back squats were "significantly associated" with an increased risk of rhabdomyolysis. Despite the complaints, players were asked to come back for another grueling workout and, after a weekend off, players ended up in the hospital following another workout on Jan. 24. Lowe said he was in the hospital until Feb. 2. Lowe never rejoined the team though he was cleared to play again. After his release from the hospital, Lowe said he still suffered from weight loss, headaches, high blood pressure and pain in his lower back and legs. Now 24, Lowe said heâs still suffering from mental and physical pain, which has required medical care, therapy and medication. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter Follow @YahooDrSaturday
Ole Miss' Nkemdiche brothers file counter-suit in assault lawsuit [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 11, 2014, 11:07 am]
Almost a month after being sued for $2 million in a civil suit, Ole Miss football players Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche have formally denied all allegations against them and have filed a counter-suit against their accuser. According to the Clarion Ledger, the brothers are seeking an unspecified amount in damages for âuntrue and false statementsâ in plaintiff Matthew Bairdâs original suit against the two. Baird filed his initial suit on February 14 seeking $2 million in damages for âbattery, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distressâ for an incident that occurred on February 17, 2013. Baird alleges that Robert â who was a senior in high school at the time and was committed to Ole Miss â and Denzel, along with five other Ole Miss football players, were involved in a fight at a fraternity on Ole Missâ campus. Denzel is accused of, âwithout any provocation,â punching Baird in the back of the head and knocking him out. After Baird was knocked out and was unconscious, Robert Nkemdiche and the other unidentified football players are accused of âkicking and stompingâ the plaintiff and his friend -- seriously injuring them both. Ole Miss has publicly defended the Nkemdiches and the Ledger reports that the Ole Miss Police Department never sought out charges in the case. âA person was hit but he didnât know who hit him,â Captain Michael Harmon said. Per the Ledger: The Nkemdiches, in a paragraph-by-paragraph answer to Bairdâs suit, admitted only to being students at Ole Miss and from Loganville, Ga. Every other claim was met with a denial and demand for âstrict proof.â Their response reads: âNkemdiche would state and show that he suffered and sustained harm, injuries, damages, and/or losses as a result of the false and defamatory statements made by plaintiff/counter-defendant Matthew Baird and that, therefore, Nkemdiche is entitled to a judgement against (Baird) for compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by
Random offseason tweet of the day: Case Keenum wants Kliff Kingsbury on 'The Bachelor' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 11, 2014, 10:42 am]
Welcome to our new Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still months 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. Case Keenum knows who he wants to have on the next season of "The Bachelor." Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. I think we should vote for @TTUKingsbury to be the next @BachelorABC! Whose with me? â Case Keenum (@casekeenum7) March 11, 2014 Kingsbury was an assistant coach at Houston for four of the five seasons Keenum spent there and was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2010 and 2011. (And come on Case, with five years at Houston, you couldn't use the right version of who's/whose? Tsk. Tsk.) Plus, being on "The Bachelor" would fit the Kingsbury vibe. If "the sidelines have never been hotter" with Kingsbury on them, it's a natural progression to make the Bachelor never be hotter with Ryan Goslin's lookalike, right? Other coaches may consider it an unfair recruiting advantage, however. If Kingsbury can get the Rivals' No. 1 rated dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2015 to commit to Texas Tech now, what could he do as a national television sensation? - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg
Texas Tech coaching staff wears red high heels for rape awareness (photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 11, 2014, 10:30 am]
Last December, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury did a fashion blog for Esquire Magazine. That piece, however, didnât include the latest accessory to Kingsburyâs wardrobe -- red high heels. Red Raider Football supports Lubbock Rape Crisis Center's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event! #BOF pic.twitter.com/RHeye2kq20 â Matt Wallerstedt (@TTU_CoachWally) March 10, 2014 Kingsbury and the rest of his coaching staff (thanks to defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt for the photo) wore red high heels Monday to support the Lubbock Rape Crisis Centerâs "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" event. The event isnât until April 5, but thereâs no doubt the coaching staff wobbling around in pumps was a nice preview. Kingsbury has always been a proponent of being a part of and supporting the Lubbock community a,nd this is just another example of that. We can only hope the coaches decide to participate in the "Menâs Stiletto Stampede" on April 5 and thereâs someone around to take pictures. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter Follow @YahooDrSaturday
Texas is looking to expand Darrell K. Royal Stadium's south end [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 11, 2014, 9:57 am]
Texasâ Darrell K. Royal Stadium is already one of the largest stadiums in the nation in terms of capacity. The official capacity of the 90-year old stadium is 100,119, the sixth-highest in the country, but new athletic director Steve Patterson and the athletic department are looking at the possibility of an expansion project for the stadium moving forward. According to a release from the University, Texas Athletics and PricewaterhouseCoopers have teamed up to conduct a âfeasibility study on the completion of the south endâ and also âevaluate the renovation needsâ of the stadium as it stands. Patterson said the project remains âconceptualâ as of now, but the timing is fitting, especially when Texas A&Mâs Kyle Field will be the largest football venue in Texas when its expansion project to 102,500 seats is completed in 2015. âWe continue to plan for the future of UT Athletics and work to provide a superior gameday experience for all of our fans and stakeholders,â Patterson said. âThe south end project is conceptual at this point. Any further planning will depend on a variety of factors to be studied over the next several months.â In addition to the potential to add seating to the south end, the study will also evaluate the need for upgrades in fan amenities throughout the stadium. Longhorn Foundation members will be surveyed for input on the potential for new seating options and to help formulate a budget for the project. The stadium previously was upgraded in with a new lower bowl in 2007 and the addition of the north endzone's upper deck was completed for the 2008 season.Â - - - Want to join the conversation? Hit us up on Twitter @YahooDrSaturday be sure to "Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog.
Add Texas Tech to the list of teams using helmets with built-in cameras (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 10, 2014, 3:31 pm]
Last week we showed you that Clemson and LSU are using special Schutt helmets for spring practice that have cameras built in right above the facemask. It turns out those schools werenât the only teams using this technology. Monday, the Twitter account for Texas Techâs equipment department revealed that the Red Raiders will also use these helmets in practice. Our new @schuttsports helmet is here! #nextlevel #gunsup pic.twitter.com/w1LLcelWE9â TexasTechEquipment (@TTU_EQUIPMENT) March 10, 2014 These helmets allow quarterbacks to have a special and unique vantage point when watching film. They can re-live a certain play to see if they made the proper read and can also be helpful for defenders trying to understand the progression a quarterback goes through as he processes the defense. These helmets look like they are assembled in a certain way so they do not add extra weight to the helmet the players have become accustomed to. As other schools begin spring practice in the upcoming weeks, Iâm sure weâll see other teams utilizing this technology. - - - Want to join the conversation? Hit us up on Twitter @YahooDrSaturday be sure to "Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog.
Random offseason tweet of the day: Charles Woodson photobombs the Michigan basketball team [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 10, 2014, 2:15 pm]
Welcome to our new Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still months 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. There's not a whole lot going on in the world of college football right now, but we've reached one of the greatest parts of the sports year -- March Madness. Over the weekend, Michigan locked up a Big Ten regular season title with an 84-80 victory over Indiana at the Crisler Center. The Big Ten is arguably the best basketball conference in the country and the Wolverines managed to get through the conference schedule with an impressive 15-3 record. As the team celebrated its regular season championship, the team posed for photos with the league championship trophy and were promptly photobombed by one of the best football players to ever suit up in the maize and blue: Charles Woodson.Â Photobombed by a legend. pic.twitter.com/hoxyJWdtCGâ Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 9, 2014 Woodson is 37 years old and suited up in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders last season. The former Heisman-winner took a break from his offseason training to support his alma mater and pose this for this awesome shot. He moved from corner to safety last year and hopes to play next season. Maybe Woodson will join the team in Indianapolis later this week for the Big Ten tournament.Â - - - Want to join the conversation? Hit us up on Twitter @YahooDrSaturday be sure to "Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog.
Doc 5: Best QB transfers that didn't play in 2013 -- No. 5 T.J. Millweard [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 10, 2014, 2:07 pm]
This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss. TOP FIVE QB TRANSFERS WHO DIDNâT PLAY LAST SEASON NO. 5: T.J. Millweard, Kansas When players transfer and sit out a season, itâs easy to lose track of them, especially if theyâre quarterbacks. It seems like every year thereâs a mass exodus of quarterbacks leaving one school for another, so remembering where everyone landed -- especially if theyâre not eligible to play the following season -- can be tricky. But sometimes that year off is necessary, not only because itâs an NCAA rule, but it also gives a player an entire year to concentrate on the playbook, learn the system and wait for the guy in front of them to either move on or screw up. Such is the case for the five members of this weekâs Doc 5. Each of the quarterbacks youâll read about this week left top programs in hopes of contributing somewhere else. Some were starters, some were recruits, but all five have a chance to make a name for themselves with a fresh start. Coming in at No. 5 is redshirt sophomore T.J. Millweard. Millweard transferred to Kansas after spending the 2012 season at UCLA. The transfer made sense considering his was behind Brett Hundley, but what Millweard probably didnât know at the time of his transfer was that no program in the country would be in need of a quarterback more than Kansas. Kansas ranked 117th in passing offense last season and managed just nine passing touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions. It had just one multiple-passing-touchdown game in 2013. Overall, the Kansas offense was pretty abysmal. Much of that was because coach Charlie Weis couldnât get much consistency out of quarterbacks Jake Heaps and Montell Cozart, who split snaps last season. Theyâll be Millweardâs primary compet
Oklahoma already has players thinking about the College Football Playoff (photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 10, 2014, 1:16 pm]
With the new College Football Playoff set to begin this fall, meaningful postseason opportunities will go to just four teams instead of the 10 that used to play in BCS games. And Oklahoma wants its players to be thinking about that in March. The Sooners posted a video of some large men participating in a tug-of-war, and while it was wildly entertaining, what was more interesting was Oklahomaâs practice shirts, which featured the College Football Playoff logo on the back. Oklahoma is coming off a thrilling 45-31 win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and finished No. 6 in the AP poll. With 16 starters returning and Trevor Knight asserting himself as the starting quarterback, the Sooners should start the season near the top of the rankings and have a good chance to earn their way into the inaugural College Football Playoff. Oklahoma is already doing a good job of feeding off the momentum of that Alabama win and getting its players minds on the top goal for 2014. Thanks to College Spun - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter Follow @YahooDrSaturday
VOD: Maryland coach Randy Edsall teaches us how to Dougie [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 10, 2014, 10:58 am]
Todayâs video of the day comes from Terp Thon. Maryland coach Randy Edsall took to the stage â for a good cause -- and brought us all back to 2011 with his version of the Dougie While Edsall does look ridiculous doing this outdated dance, he is doing it for a good cause. Terp Thon raises money and awareness for Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, D.C. So, letâs all give Edsall a rousing âHEY!â as he shows off his moves. Thanks to Testudo Times - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter!Follow @YahooDrSaturday
Penn State OL coach Herb Hand gives us insight into his world via a Reddit Q&A [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 10, 2014, 10:42 am]
Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand has got to be one of the most entertaining and engaging coaches on social media. On Saturday, he took his social medializing to another level by engaging in a Q&A session on Reddit, and no question was out of bounds. Not sure how many questions Hand actually answered, but weâve taken the time to compile some of our favorites. Q: Coach, you have had to scheme for some great defensive players over the years, including Jamal Reynolds at Florida State, Gerald McCoy at Oklahoma, Julius Peppers/Ryan Sims at North Carolina, and Clowney at South Carolina. Of all the players you've schemed for, which was the most impressive to see in person? HH: Clowney http://therubberchickens.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/tumblr_mggwbvlmoi1s368llo1_1280.jpg Q: Coach! You often tweet about your smokin' hot wife so I was wondering.. Do you have any tips for younger guys out there trying to find a quality woman like THE Deb Hand? Thanks! We are! HH: Be a good dude. Don't be a jackass...I have been both and being a good guy works better. Q: Other than Nashville, which SEC college town has the best food? HH: I was going to say something like "The Gator bites in Gainesville were delicious last year" but that might get me in trouble. So I guess I'll just say Auburn because I'm pretty sure my good buddy Gus Malzahn was fired up when they got a PF Chang's there or something like that. Q: Why do you think there aren't more coaches who have such a great Twitter presence like you do? What advantages do you think it gives you as a coach or recruiter? How do your players feel about your involvement on the site? HH: I think more guys are embracing social media in general because they recognize the power it has and that if they don't they are putting themselves at a competitive disadvantage...as to your last question, they bust my chops about it a little but I think they enjoy my Twitter OG-ness...especially when I drop a vine of them destroying their opponent.
Georgia coach Mark Richt speaks out against the proposed early signing period [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 10, 2014, 9:43 am]
Now that the ten-second substitution rule proposal was withdrawn, it looks like coaches now have another potential change to speak out against: the early signing period. Susan Peal, the NCAA associate director of operations, told ESPN.com on Friday that steps are being taken toward offering prospects an earlier date to sign with a school in addition to national signing day in February. Stanford head coach David Shaw spoke out against the idea over the weekend and now the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that Georgia head coach Mark Richt is showing wariness about the early signing period as well. âI always say âBe careful what we ask forâ because I donât know what that will do to our recruiting calendar. I think thereâs some sanity to it right now. I think if everybody plays by the same rules, then itâs as good as it is,â Richt said. âIâd be afraid to change it. I donât want to turn the regular season into such a recruiting frenzy that you canât even coach your team on a weekly basis. I enjoy coaching football, too.â The AJCâs Michael Carvell noted that the paper has surveyed ACC and SEC coaches over the last few years about âone rule theyâd most like to see to improve recruitingâ and that implementing an early signing period is one of the most popular answers. There would be many details to work out in order to make this work. As of now, there isnât even a rumored date as to when the early signing period could begin. Under the current recruiting format, prospects cannot sign a National Letter of Intent until national signing day â the first Wednesday in February. Richt thinks a change would impact the way the entire recruiting process plays out. âI think if you moved the signing date up, I think you push more official visits to the football season,â Richt said. âSooner or later, theyâll say âWe donât want all these official visits during the season. Why donât we move them to the summer?â Then weâll h
Penn State trustee resigns and says he regrets voting to fire Joe Paterno [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 9, 2014, 5:52 pm]
A Penn State trustee resigned Friday, saying that he regretted voting to fire coach Joe Paterno as the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal started to unfold. Alvin Clemens' resignation comes as three former Penn State officials are set to face trial in the upcoming months for allegations that they helped cover up reports of sex abuse by Sandusky. The former Penn State assistant coach was convicted in 2012 on 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is currently serving a 30-60 year term in prison. "We had no advance notice and little opportunity to discuss and consider the complex issues we faced. After 61 years of exemplary service, coach Paterno was given no chance to respond. That was a mistake," Clemens said in a statement he read Friday at Board of Trustees meeting (via the AP). "I will always regret that my name is attached to that rush to injustice." Paterno was fired in November 2011 shortly after announcing he would retire at the end of the season. He died in January 2012. Clemens is unhappy with the Freeh report, which was commissioned by the university in 2012. The report said there was a "total and consistent" disregard for sex abuse victims. He is also a plaintiff in a lawsuit by the Paterno family that seeks to overturn the sanctions levied against Penn State by the NCAA. In February 2013, the Paterno family commissioned its own report that countered the Freeh report. Less than two weeks after the Freeh report was issued in July 2012, the NCAA handed Penn State a four-year bowl ban, scholarship reductions and a $60 million fine. It also stripped Paterno of some of his wins, removing him from atop the NCAA's winningest coach list.. In September, the NCAA announced that Penn State would have some of those scholarships lost in the sanctions restored. The school will have five additional scholarships next year. Â - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Tw
Texas coach Charlie Strong open to rekindling rivalry with Texas A&M [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 8, 2014, 2:54 pm]
When Texas A&M left the Big 12 to join the SEC in 2011, that signaled the end of the yearly rivalry game between the Aggies and Texas. Despite A&M leaving the conference, there have been rumblings in the past few years about the possibility of the two schools re-kindling the rivalry and new Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong told CBS that he would be open to the idea. âItâs all about the two ADs getting together and getting that figured out,â Strong said. "When you look at it, itâs been such a huge rivalry game. I think at some point it will get worked out. When thereâs been so much tradition there, youâd like to see it continue on. Thatâs my feeling on it. Iâd love to play it.â Former Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said last year that the Longhorns would be open to playing the Aggies, but itâd have to be UTâs terms since A&M left the conference. âThey left. Theyâre the ones that decided not to play us. We get to decide when we play again,â Dodds said last March. Additionally, in November, former A&M president R. Bowen Loftin told the San Antonio Express-News that he is open to play the Longhorns âanytime, anywhere.â âThereâs no reason why we shouldnât play each other, if we want to. I think they (Texas) will at some point in time feel like itâs the right thing to do, as well, and weâll get there,â Loftin, who took a position as chancellor at the University of Missouri in January, said. The two teams have not played since Texasâ 27-25 win on Thanksgiving in 2011, but with Strong taking over for Mack Brown and Steve Patterson replacing Dodds in Austin, the prospect of getting on the same page could go a little more smoothly moving forward. If the two sides cannot reach an agreement on location, Strong proposes the teams could play at a neutral location. âYouâd like to play it in a neutral site somewhere, where every year itâs in that spot, whether itâs Houston or Dallas,â Strong said. A neutral site is be
Utah defensive lineman's condition upgraded from critical to good less than two weeks after serious head injury [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 8, 2014, 11:44 am]
Less than two weeks after suffering a serious head injury in a motorized bike accident, Utah defensive lineman Moana Ofahengaueâs condition has been upgraded from critical to good. According to FOX 13 News in Salt Lake City, Ofahengaue is walking and talking just 11 days after being unresponsive in his hospital bed. Though he is still wearing a device to âstabilize his head and monitor his brain for swelling,â Ofahengaue said he is âready to go home.â His parents were unsure he was going to pull through when they first saw their sonâs condition. âI broke down into tears when I saw this guy laying there,â his mother, Carey, said. âWe didnât know. He wasnât awake yet. We didnât know how his brain would be.â There were concerns that the accident would leave Ofahengaue paralyzed or with permanent brain damage. Ofahengaue was not wearing a helmet when a car pulled out in front of him when the incident took place on February 23. Ofahengaue managed to avoid the car but said âthe wheel swerved and (he) flipped off of itâ and he hit his head on the pavement. Doctors have been impressed with Ofahengaueâs quick recovery to this point and Ofahengaue is âdetermined to play football again.â âThe doctors are saying they donât know if they want to suggest ever going back to head-to-head contact, but Iâll definitely be back soon,â Ofahengaue said. âThereâs still brain damage, itâs time I have to wait for, to heal. Right now, I just canât wait to get back. Thatâs like the only thing Iâm thinking about, how bad I want to be on the field, and itâs more than how bad this hurts.â Ofahengaue, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound freshman, was a three-star recruit and a member of Utahâs 2012 recruiting class. - - - Want to join the conversation? Hit us up on Twitter @YahooDrSaturday be sure to "Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog.
VOD: A Utah dance-off to end your week [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 7, 2014, 4:49 pm]
Itâs Friday and the best way to end a Friday is with a little dancing. Utah closed its winter conditioning Friday, sadly, the day ended in a tie. So, lucky us, the âDancinââ Utes decided to have a dance-off. No better way to usher in the weekend than with the worm. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter!Follow @YahooDrSaturday
Spring primer, part II: Several teams try to start 2014 on a positive note after tough 2013 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 7, 2014, 3:12 pm]
The rest of the spring capsules for practices that began during the first week of March: Virginia Start date: March 1 End date: April 12 What to watch: David Watford started all 12 games at quarterback for the Cavaliers last season, but the team managed a dismal 2-10 campaign. So, coach Mike London opened up the quarterbacking competition, and Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns will once again have a chance to compete for starter. This the same thing that happened last year with Watford coming away as the least terrible option of the three. But his erratic play, which included a 57.1 completion percentage and an ACC-high 15 interceptions, opened the door for another competition. Virginia needs to get a consistent starting quarterback or it could be looking for a new coaching staff in 2015. West Virginia Start date: March 2 End date: April 12 What to watch: A lot of the focus this spring will be on quarterbacks, which makes sense since that was one of the most undecided positions of the 2013 season. However, running back might be just as interesting and a starter might actually emerge by the end of the spring practices. Dreamius Smith, who rushed for 494 yards and five touchdowns last season, is atop the depth chart, but Wendell Smallwood, Pitt transfer Rushel Shell, Dustin Garrison and Andrew Buie should all push Smith to try to bring the Mountaineers running game back to where it has been ion past seasons. UNLV Start date: March 3 End date: April 11 What to watch: Who's the quarterback? Caleb Herring is gone from UNLV's 7-6 squad last year but Nick Sherry has starting experience and he's the incoming favorite. Sherry started 12 games in 2012 as a redshirt freshman but lost out to Herring for the starting job in 2013. However, six players got snaps at quarterback in the first practice. The question on defense is on the defensive line, where the top three tackles from 2013 are gone. Utah State Start date: March 3 End date: April 12 What to watch: Quarterback Chuckie Kee
Report: December shooting stemmed from argument between two Florida State teammates [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: March 7, 2014, 2:30 pm]
A disagreement between two Florida State football players led to gunshots in a December 22 incident that came to light on Friday in a report from The Tallahassee Democrat. The Democrat is reporting that Tarron Addison, 20, is in Leon County jail on an attempted murder charge after an argument between Seminoles running back Mario Pender and offensive lineman Ira Denson. Various witness statements and court documents state that Addison, an acquaintance of Denson, fired multiple shots at Tim Pruitt, the half-brother of Pender, in a parking lot of a Tallahassee apartment complex. Pruitt was hit in the head and was sent to the hospital, leading to the attempted murder charge. According to the report, the violent incident stemmed from a disagreement between Pender and Denson that started after Denson allegedly used Penderâs missing debit card on December 20. Two days later, on December 22, Pender told police he went to Densonâs apartment before the incident to get his money back, but Denson was not at the apartment. Pender decided to take a pair of shoes from Denson as âcollateralâ after failing to pay him back. Later in the day, Denson and Pender agreed to meet to exchange the money and shoes. Addison accompanied Denson and, allegedly to avoid confrontation, Pender told Pruitt to give Denson the shoes. Pruitt then reportedly went downstairs to make the exchange when Pender heard âa loud argument.â Denson told police he left his apartment and went onto the balcony to see what was happening. After Pruitt put the shoes in the trunk of the car Denson was sitting in, Pender says he saw Addison point a gun from the driverâs side window and fire at Pruitt as the car pulled away. Pruitt was shot in the left ear, according to court documents. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday that Denson, a redshirt freshman, is not currently practicing with the team but is still enrolled at the school. Fisher did not allude to the incident and mentioned that Denso