Injury updates for Beanie Wells, Missouri plus other notes
There were a few key injuries during the first weekend of the college football season, and teleconferences the past couple of days have provided some more information. Regarding Ohio State RB Beanie Wells, head coach Jim Tressel stated in his weekly teleconference that Wells right now is "doubtful for this week...I guess we'll have to go day by day". He also mentioned that Wells told him he felt good today, but was held out of practice. Regarding Beanie's availabilty for their game against Ohio on Saturday (Noon EST, ESPN), Coach Tressel stated that "we wouldn't play him Saturday if he didn't get some work in during the week" so if he doesn't practice tomorrow or Thursday (Friday is a walk-through), he won't play. Look for Maurice Wells, Joe Herron and Brandon Saine to split carries if that were the case, with the hope that the rest would have Beanie ready for their showdown at USC on the 13th.
As for Missouri, who was hit hard by the injury bug in their 52-42 victory over rival Illinois, there was some good news. In his weekly teleconference Monday, head coach Gary Pinkel attributed the majority of their nicks to cramping issues. According to Coach Pinkel, WR Jeremy Maclin has an ankle sprain and is probable for their home opener against Southeast Missouri State. Safety William Moore has the same injury status thanks to a sprained foot suffered Saturday night. Also, the Tigers could welcome back LB Van Alexander back into the fold a couple of weeks early. Alexander missed fall camp following surgery for a knee injury suffered in spring drills.
#24 Alabama was named Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week due to their 34-10 pasting of #9 Clemson on Saturday. Also nominated for the honor, which is selected by the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) board of directors and All-America committee, were East Carolina (27-22 win over #17 Virginia Tech), UCLA (27-24 OT win over #17 Tennessee) and Utah (25-23 win at Michigan).
There's also a new number one in the latest AP poll, with voters replacing Georgia with USC (USC is also now on top of the Coaches Poll). The Bulldogs, 45-21 winners over Georgia Southern, drop to #2. Looks like voters gave the Trojans credit for travelling across the nation and taking on a BCS opponent (52-7 beating of Virginia). Other changes in the AP poll include appearances by Utah and UCLA, and two ACC teams (Clemson and Virginia Tech) plummeting out of the rankings. Also on the outside looking in this week are Pittsburgh (previously ranked 25th before they fell to Bowling Green) and Tennessee (18th before their loss to UCLA).
Lastly, Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor will not be redshirting this season. The lack of playmakers on offense for the Hokies has forced head coach Frank Beamer to go back on his decision to play Sean Glennon and sit Taylor to preserve a year of eligibility. Virginia Tech will now go back to the two-quarterback system that was so successful for the defending ACC champs in 2007.