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#pounditSunday, October 2, 2022

College Football

Jimbo Fisher tries to explain Texas A&M’s issues

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.

Fisher has been harping on the execution theme. He also mentioned it earlier in the week.

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.

LSU shares update on status of Sevyn Banks

LSU shared an update Saturday night on the status of Sevyn Banks, who was carted off the field after the opening play in LSU’s 21-17 win at Auburn.

Banks hurt his head while making the tackle on the opening kickoff.

The senior cornerback was placed on a stretcher and carted off the field.

Not only did Banks not return to the game due to his injury, but he was actually ejected for targeting.

The Tigers fell behind 17-0 in the second quarter but rallied with 21 unanswered points to win the game.

LSU issued a statement about Banks after the victory.

“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.

Video: Liberty WR Jaivian Lofton makes ridiculous touchdown catch

Liberty wide receiver Jaivian Lofton made an absolutely ridiculous catch on Saturday.

The Flames beat Old Dominion 38-24. Lofton only had 2 catches in the win, but one of his catches really stood out.

Take a look at this 34-yard touchdown catch made by Lofton in the end zone. He snatched the ball out of the air with one hand, reaching across his body with the hand and going backhand style.

That was amazing. When players make 1-handed grabs, usually they’re reaching towards the side of the body their hand is on, or reaching up in the air. He reached over doing the reverse motion!

Liberty also rushed for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Flames are now 4-1 with a loss to Wake Forest. They should be tested later in the season when they face BYU and Arkansas in consecutive games.

Ryan Day apologizes to Greg Schiano after heated altercation

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.

After the 4th-down punt conversion, plus the late hit, Schiano ran across the field to separate his players from the Buckeyes. Schiano and Day got heated, with both coaches pointing fingers.

Though the coaches were heated at the time, things calmed down by the end of the game. The two shook hands, and you could hear Day apologize to Schiano.

“I apologize for that,” Day could be heard saying.

Day said after the game that he had “no hard feelings” over what transpired.

Day also confirmed that the punter acted on his own and a fake was not called.

Day’s Buckeyes are now 5-0, while Schiano’s Scarlet Knights are 3-2.

Nick Saban provides injury update on Bryce Young

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.

Saban did not seem to be too concerned about Young’s long-term status.

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 plays through nasty dislocated finger against Ole Miss

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.

Levis suffered the dislocated finger on an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone that resulted in a safety.

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.

Interesting Aaron Judge stat goes viral on college football Saturday

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.

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.

Bryce Young leaves game with apparent arm injury

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.

In addition, CBS Sports’ Jenny Dell reported that she heard Young let out a “very extreme yell” as he went to be looked at.

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.

Lane Kiffin calls out Kentucky OC after big win

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.

Scangarello learned the hard way that Kiffin loves to take anything he can and feed on it. After all, he is still milking what happened at Tennessee last year. You don’t need to give him any more bulletin board material.

Levis did throw for 220 yards and two touchdowns, but was largely contained by the Ole Miss defense. Clearly, the pressure tactic did not work.

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Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel suffers scary injury on cheap shot hit

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.