Jul 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher addresses the media and answers questions during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jimbo Fisher is Texas A&M’s $9 million man, but he’s not coaching like it this year.
The Aggies lost 42-24 to Mississippi State on Saturday to fall to 3-2 on the season. A&M also lost at home to Appalachian State 17-14 in their second game.
The Aggies’ offense has struggled all season. But Fisher doesn’t think his scheme is the problem. Rather, he believes they have an execution problem.
Jimbo Fisher on his offensive system: "The plays are there and were there."
Execution was a problem. The Aggies threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles. You’re not going to win many conference games turning the ball over four times.
Texas A&M faces Alabama next week, which is likely to make them .500 at 3-3. Max Johnson has a hand injury too, which means they may be going back to Haynes King at quarterback. Things are not looking so hot for Jimbo and his boys.
“Sevyn Banks was taken to a local hospital following an injury on the first play of tonight’s game,” the statement began. “After a series of tests, he was alert and mobile. He has been cleared to leave the hospital and will return to the stadium under the care of team doctors.”
Banks, a transfer from Ohio State, was seen walking and in a neck brace after the win.
Ryan Day apologized to Greg Schiano after Ohio State’s 49-10 win over Rutgers Saturday for a heated altercation they had in the fourth quarter.
The Buckeyes had a 4th-and-2 at their 39 while leading 49-10 with around nine minutes left in the game. Punter Jesse Mirco was set to boot the ball but saw a big opening down the side of the field and made a break for it. He rushed for 22 yards to get the first down, but he received a hard hit from Aron Cruikshank out of bounds. Cruikshank was ejected for the hit.
Jesse Mirco takes off running on the punt attempt, Aron Cruikshank blasts him out of bounds and gets ejected, leading to a verbal altercation with Ryan Day and Greg Schiano screaming at each other. pic.twitter.com/IemT90qNDi
Sep 17, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) prior to the game against Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Nick Saban provided an injury update on Bryce Young after the quarterback got hurt in Alabama’s 49-26 win over Arkansas on Saturday.
Young was scrambling while under pressure during the second quarter against the Razorbacks. He tried to throw the ball away as he was going to the ground, which led him to injure his shoulder (video here).
Young stayed in the game for one more play and threw an incompletion. He then exited the game and received medical attention. Backup quarterback Jalen Milroe replaced Young in the game.
After the game, Saban said that Young was day-to-day with a sprained AC joint.
Bryce Young has a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. Nick Saban says he’s day to day. Not serious. Said he’s had them before and responded well in a few days.
Young was 7/13 for 173 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception prior to getting hurt. The junior quarterback is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Milroe rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown in place of Young.
Will Levis played through a nasty finger injury during Saturday’s game.
Levis’ Wildcats lost to Ole Miss 22-19 in a tight SEC game between unbeaten teams. Levis was playing in front of several NFL scouts and went 18/24 for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. He lost two fumbles though, including one that sealed the game.
Considering the status of the middle finger on his left hand, it’s impressive that Levis was able to hang tough. Take a look at how crooked his finger was after a safety in the second quarter.
Don’t think Will Levis finger is supposed to look that way.
The Kentucky quarterback also dealt with foot and ankle injuries resulting from the hits on the safety. At least trainers were able to pop his finger back into place and tape him up, but he was playing while banged up and probably didn’t have the best control of the football.
Aug 23, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) runs to first base after hitting a single against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Aaron Judge has been the subject of widespread interest from around the world of sports for the better part of the last week. Some of that attention has not exactly been by choice.
For the second consecutive Saturday, ESPN broke into its college football coverage to show Judge’s plate appearances as he tries to break Roger Maris’ AL record for single-season home runs. Last Saturday, Judge was trying to tie the record of 61, while this Saturday saw him attempting to surpass it with his 62nd.
Most college football fans have been highly critical of ESPN for cutting in, especially during important games. The criticism only worsened as Judge failed to do much of anything during any of the live plate appearances.
How bad has it been? Chris Vannini of The Athletic did the math on the plate appearances that have interrupted ESPN’s coverage. Judge has just one hit in 7 at-bats, with five strikeouts. He has also walked five times and been hit by a pitch.
Aaron Judge during college football cut-ins (Sat, Fri, Sat):
In other words, ESPN has been breaking in to its college football telecasts to show an awful lot of strikeouts and walks and very little contact.
This isn’t really Judge’s fault. He can’t control how he is pitched, and teams have been understandably reluctant to come after him aggressively, leaving him with little to hit. ESPN’s coverage is not exactly doing anything to make people want to root for him, though. It’s so bad that even ESPN announcers can’t help but chime in on the interruptions.
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young suffered a concerning-looking injury during Saturday’s game at Arkansas.
Young tried to throw the ball away while scrambling during the second quarter of Saturday’s game, and appeared to land awkwardly as he was tackled. Young was briefly seen grabbing at his right shoulder at the end of the play.
Young actually stayed in the game, but threw one incomplete pass and looked shaky. After that, he was taken to the injury tent. He could be seen grabbing at the shoulder after throwing his helmet in frustration.
Backup quarterback Jalen Milroe replaced Young on the ensuing Alabama drive. Young remained in the medical tent for several minutes before jogging to the locker room.
It remains to be seen how serious Young’s injury is, but he looked to be in significant pain, and it was severe enough to keep him out for at least a drive. Alabama would miss the Heisman winner a lot if he is forced to miss any time beyond this week.
Sep 18, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffen at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Lane Kiffin certainly took note of what was said about his team in the week leading up to Saturday’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats, and he took a lot of it to heart.
After Ole Miss’ upset win, Kiffin responded to Kentucky offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, who challenged opposing teams to send blitzes after quarterback Will Levis. Scangarello had said during his weekly press conference that he and Levis “love” to see blitzes because they open up holes in the defense, and challenged opponents to “keep bringing it.”
That comment did not go unnoticed by Kiffin, who told ESPN’s Molly McGrath after the 22-19 victory that his defense was “motivated” during the week by the comments.
“They rushed (Levis). They were motivated all week by (Kentucky’s) offensive coordinator saying bring the blitz and we’ll light you up.
“There you go.”
— Lane Kiffin, to ESPN, on the #OleMiss defense in the 22-19 win over Kentucky
Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel left Saturday’s game against TCU after taking a scary hit while sliding.
Gabriel was scrambling in the second quarter and went into a slide to avoid a hit. TCU’s Jamoi Hodge flew in anyway, smashing the sliding Gabriel with a very late hit. The quarterback may have even been briefly knocked out on the play, as he did not move initially after going down.
Hodge was ejected for targeting on the play. Gabriel was able to leave the field under his own power.
This is the exact sort of play that targeting was designed to eliminate. Hodge leads with his helmet and goes in extremely late, and there was little doubt that the call would be upheld.
Gabriel is in his first season with the Sooners after transferring from UCF. He entered play Saturday with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in four games so far, though he had been struggling against TCU prior to the injury.