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  • RB Cobbs, No. 1 in rushing in '03, out for season

    Sept. 29, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    DENTON, Texas -- North Texas running back Patrick Cobbs, the NCAA's leading rusher and scorer last season, will sit out the rest of this season because of a knee injury.

    Cobbs sprained ligaments in his left knee against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 11, the second game for the Mean Green (0-4). He missed the past two games.

    Coach Darrell Dickey said there was too much a risk of permanent damage if Cobbs tried to rush his recovery. The school will seek a medical redshirt for Cobbs to return next season as a fifth-year senior.

    Cobbs ran for a school-record 1,680 yards and 19 touchdowns last season with four 200-yard games. His 152.7 yards rushing and 11.5 points per game led the nation.

    After breaking a bone in the thumb on his right hand just before the season, Cobbs had just 1 yard on eight carries in an opening 65-0 loss at Texas to end his streak of nine straight 100-yard games. He had 20 carries for 57 yards against Florida Atlantic before getting hurt on a short run in the third quarter.

    Jamario Thomas ran for a UNT freshman-record 247 yards in his first start at Colorado. Dickey is hopeful that Thomas, since slowed by a hamstring injury, can start Saturday against Middle Tennessee when the three-time defending Sun Belt champion Mean Green open conference play.

    Cobbs has 2,896 career rushing yards. The school record is Ja'Quay Wilburn's 3,120 from 1997-2000.


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    Oct. 18, 2004
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    PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State quarterback Josh Swogger broke a bone in his right foot, ending his sophomore season.

    The injury will require surgery, Washington State athletic department spokesman Rod Commons said Monday.

    Swogger's backup is freshman Alex Brink, who played in two games this season, completing 13-of-25 pass attempts for 278 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

    Freshman Gary Rogers, who hoped to redshirt this season, will be Brink's backup.

    Swogger already was playing with a partially torn ligament in his right knee and a sore ankle.

    He completed 91 of 193 pass attempts for 1,283 yards, with 13 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. He ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in passing, averaging 208.7 yards per game.

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    -10-19-2004, 01:30 PM
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    Mississippi State QB Conner out three weeks with knee injury
    by DJRamFan
    Sept. 27, 2004
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    JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi State quarterback Omarr Conner will miss at least three weeks after spraining a ligament in his right knee in a 51-0 loss to LSU on Saturday.

    Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom said Monday that tests showed Conner sprained his medial collateral ligament and won't return before the Bulldogs' home game against No. 16 Florida on Oct. 23.

    "That's the earliest we can get him back," Croom said.

    With Conner out, junior Kyle York will start Saturday against Vanderbilt. Because York's shoulder is not 100 percent after offseason surgery, freshman Mike Henig will also play.

    Conner, who played receiver last season for the Bulldogs (1-3, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) is 50-of-89 for 509 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions this season. York is 13-of-27 for 132 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in three appearances.


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    -09-28-2004, 07:24 AM
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    MRI shows ACL tear in running back Lumpkin's left knee
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 10, 2004
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    ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia running back Kregg Lumpkin, who was expected to start, will be lost for the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee during a non-contact drill.

    "I'm disappointed with what has happened to Kregg," coach Mark Richt said Tuesday. "He had worked extremely hard getting ready for this season. Now he'll have to postpone it until next year. But the good news is that he can get a redshirt year and still have three years to play."

    Lumpkin tore his anterior cruciate ligament Monday, the team's first day of practice. He had an MRI on Monday night. The normal recovery period for a torn ACL is about nine months.

    Lumpkin was second on the team with 523 yards rushing as a freshman last year, despite missing the first two games with a hamstring injury. After a strong spring, he was listed as the starter entering preseason practice.

    Lumpkin rushed for 90 yards and the game-winning touchdown in Georgia's Capital One Bowl victory over Purdue.

    Michael Cooper, who led the team with 673 yards rushing last season, likely will move up to the top spot on the depth chart. Running back Tony Milton, who is recovering from offseason leg surgery, should also compete for playing time with freshmen Danny Ware and Thomas Brown and senior Albert Hollis.



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    -08-11-2004, 10:59 AM
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    Indiana RB Green-Ellis leaving team, might transfer
    by DJRamFan
    Jan. 26, 2005
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is leaving the football program after leading the team in rushing the past two seasons.

    New Hoosiers coach Terry Hoeppner announced Wednesday that Green-Ellis has withdrawn from classes and might transfer to another school.

    "BenJarvus came to me and said that he would like to pursue some other opportunities closer to home," Hoeppner said in a written statement.

    Green-Ellis, a sophomore from New Orleans, carried 231 times for 794 yards last season. He also had 14 receptions for 80 yards.

    In two seasons, Green-Ellis had 1,732 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.

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    Injured hip might keep Purdue QB Orton out of Iowa game
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 2, 2004
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    INDIANAPOLIS -- Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton is questionable for Saturday's game against Iowa with an injured left hip.

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    Orton was injured in last week's 13-10 loss at Northwestern. He was benched for backup Brandon Kirsch in the third quarter, partly because he was injured and partly because he was ineffective.

    Purdue coach Joe Tiller said Tuesday he is in no hurry to announce a starter for Saturday.

    "We could hold it as long as game time," Tiller said. "We will delay the decision as long as possible."

    Orton said he was feeling much better Tuesday than he was against Northwestern, and he thought he would be ready to go for the game in his home state.

    "You look at the progress I've made from Saturday until now, it's a lot better," he said. "If I can play and help the team, then I'm going to play through some pain. But I'm not going to be out there and hurting the team this week."

    After spearheading Purdue's best start since 1945, the one-time Heisman hopeful's play has fallen off. Orton was just 15-for-33 for 143 yards, a touchdown and an interception last week against Northwestern, Purdue's third straight loss.

    Orton was the prime reason the Boilermakers started the season 5-0, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 1,642 yards, 18 touchdowns and two interceptions.

    Over the past three games -- all Purdue defeats -- he has completed just 50 percent of his passes for 591 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

    "It's been three rough weeks," Orton said. "It seems like everything's kind of falling apart a little bit."

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    -11-02-2004, 03:32 PM
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