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Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 4:05 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals could have trouble fielding a full roster of 46 Sunday against Chicago after nine players sat out Wednesday’s practice with injuries, six of whom were hurt in Monday’s 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion), running back Joe Mixon (concussion) and cornerback Adam Jones (groin) left the Steelers game and did not return, while cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) and Darqueze Dennard (knee) and safety Brandon Wilson (ankle) were able to finish the game.
Also sitting out were safety Shawn Williams (hamstring), linebacker Nick Vigil (ankle) and wide receiver John Ross (shoulder).
Williams, who was doing rehab work on the side, has missed the last two games and three of the last four, while Monday marked the first game Vigil had missed.
Ross was not on the injury report last week and was inactive as a healthy scratch Monday, so it’s unclear when he suffered the shoulder injury.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:14 AM
Former Auburn wide receiver Shayne Wasden has been named Faulkner’s coach.
On Wednesday, the NAIA school made the announcement in a news release. Wasden, who played for the Tigers from 1987-90, recently worked as Troy’s associate head coach. He spent 12 seasons with the Trojans, from 2004-15.
“I am honored and extremely excited to be given this opportunity,” Wasden said in the release. “My staff and I plan to continue to build this program, win games and ultimately win championships. More important than winning, however, are the Christian principles and values that this university was founded on that our student-athletes will represent both on and off the field. We want to create an environment that produces Christ-centered young men that leave this university and have a positive impact on society. I look forward to working with the administration, faculty and students to make Faulkner football all that it can be.”
Faulkner is located in Montgomery, Ala., and the Eagles are a member of the Mid-South Conference. A native of Selma, Ala., Wasden was earned three letters with the Tigers and was part of Auburn’s run to three consecutive SEC titles and as many bowl games.
As part of his time working on Troy’s staff, the 49-year-old Wasden worked in detail with wide receivers and tight ends in addition to serving as the team’s special teams coordinator. He was part of five Sun Belt Conference titles and five bowl appearances with the Trojans.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:13 AM
Nebraska fans will get their first chance to see Scott Frost on the Memorial Stadium sideline on Saturday, April 21. That’s the date of the 2018 Huskers Red-White spring game, the program announced Wednesday.
The game will kick off at 11 a.m. CT (Noon ET). Tickets for the spring game will go on sale for Nebraska season ticket holders on Tuesday, Feb. 6 with sale to the general public starting the next day. Here’s the info from Nebraska’s release:
Reserved tickets for the game are $10 each and will go on sale to season ticket holders on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available to the general public on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. More details on ticket sales will be available closer to the on-sale date. Husker fans are also encouraged to join the 2018 Nebraska Football Season Ticket Request List now by visiting Huskers.com/tickets.
The early start time is presumably to accommodate a live TV broadcast. There has not yet been an announcement of which channel will carry the game, however.
With the start of the Frost era, this will be the most-anticipated spring game at Nebraska in a while. The Huskers drew a crowd of 78,312 to the 2017 spring game. The program record for attendance at a Red-White game was 80,149 in 2008.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
The season is over, but we’ll be tackling the best question from Alabama football fans each day. Look for our Alabama Question of the Day between now and spring practice.
Alabama football capped the season with a thrilling national championship win over Georgia. As always, there’ll be turnover on the coaching staff and players will leave, whether it’s because of exhausted eligibility or early declaration for the NFL draft.
At this point, I’d be shocked if Tosh Lupoi wasn’t Alabama’s next defensive coordinator.
Prior to the 2017 season, Lupoi was giving a big raise and rewarded with the co-defensive coordinator tag. Nick Saban has made it a priority to keep Lupoi on staff because he’s one of the top recruiters in the country, and a rising star in the profession. Losing Lupoi would be a big blow to Alabama football staff.
We could see a situation where Lupoi is named defensive coordinator and new hire Pete Golding is named co-defensive coordinator along with whatever position he’ll coach. Golding has experience calling plays, which should help the staff. He also can coach defensive backs or inside linebackers, which is another plus considering the departures of Derrick Ansley (former secondary coach) and Jeremy Pruitt (former inside linebackers coach).
Golding gives Alabama some flexibility to hire another position coach this offseason.
With all of that said, Saban naming anyone other than Lupoi the next coordinator of Alabama’s defense would be a surprise.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
We are tackling the best recruiting question supplied by Florida fans each day. If you’d like to submit a question, tweet to Zach Abolverdi here . Check out our question of the day every Monday through Friday. Go here to see all of our previous answers.
Is LB a true need if guys like Zuniga, polite, Jefferson, Clayton, ancrum can stand up and play a passable OLB position in the 3-4 scheme?
— JH (@DrJHow12) January 17, 2018
This is a great question. Many fans have concerns about Florida’s linebacker class, with few options at the position and Alabama commit Quay Walker no longer planning to visit the Gators.
It’s important to keep a couple of factors in mind. First of all, the Gators don’t have a gigantic need at linebacker, despite changing to a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
If James Houston and Ventrell Miller return from suspension, Florida will bring back seven players at the position from last season. Moreover, some of Florida’s defensive ends will now stand up and serve as the fourth linebacker.
CeCe Jefferson and Jachai Polite played in a 3-4 scheme in high school and did damage rushing from the edge. Jefferson should thrive in that role again, which is a big reason why he returned for his senior season.
The Gators are recruiting 4-star weakside defensive ends Andrew Chatfield and Caleb Tannor in the same capacity. If one of them chooses Florida, Grantham and linebackers coach Christian Robinson will have plenty of depth to work with.
Florida has signed 4-star recruits David Reese and Amari Burney, who already have enrolled in school. Both players could play linebacker or safety for the Gators, depending on how their bodies develop and where there’s a need for them.
Burney likely will start out at safety with the losses of Randy Russell and Marcell Harris, but has the size (6-foot-1, 219 pounds) to grow into a linebacker. Reese is one of the nation’s top outside linebackers and has a similar frame to Burney at 6-foot-1, 213 pounds.
The bottom line is that Florida should have enough numbers at linebacker and defensive end to field a formidable front-seven in 2018.