College football notes

September 22, 2015

College football notes … Auburn has announced that star sophomore DE Carl Lawson will be out for “an extended period of time because of that hip injury. Lawson, who missed the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL, hurt his hip late in the first half of the Tigers’ season opener against Louisville. Lawson has been listed as day-to-day since, but it appears the injury is more serious than first thought, although it does not appear that surgery will be required. If healthy, Lawson has the same kind of explosiveness off the edge that propelled former Florida DE Dante Fowler to the third pick overall this past April, however, he is running out of time to impress pro personnel people. At the same time, Auburn has benched junior QB Jeremy Johnson in favor of redshirt freshman Sean White. The 6-5 Johnson had been considered to be a dark-horse candidate to be something of a late riser for the upcoming draft … Arizona is hopeful that star junior LB Scooby Wright will be able to play this weekend when 16th ranked Wildcats host 9th-rated UCLA in arguably the game of the week on the college schedule this coming weekend. Wright has been out since injuring his knee in Arizona’s week one win against Texas-San Antonio and hasn’t practiced in two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus, Wright had been expected to miss to miss 3-4 weeks and the UCLA game would place him right at the three-week mark. Of course, if Wright is able to play on Saturday it will set up a head-to-head dual with UCLA junior LB Myles Jack in a match-up of potentially the two top OLB prospects for the upcoming draft. For the record, UCLA will get junior CB Ishmael Adams back for the game as he has been reinstated to the team when the Los Angeles County District Attorney decided not to file felony charges against him after he allegedly stole a cellphone from a Uber driver late in the summer. At the same time, though, UCLA has lost senior CB Fabian Moreau for the year with a broken foot. Moreau, a late-round or free-agent type prospect is scheduled to undergo surgery on the foot later in the week … Stanford QB Kevin Hogan is listed as day-to-day after spraining an ankle in the Cardinal’s big win over USC last Saturday night. Hogan likely won’t practice this week, but will be a game-time decision when Stanford plays Oregon State this coming Saturday … Oft-injured Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton will miss the next 4-6 weeks after spraining a knee during Saturday’s 31-17 loss to Washington. Keeton looked all the part of a future second-tier pro prospect when he lead the Aggies to an 11-2 record as a sophomore in 2012, but injuries cut his season in both 2013 and 2014 … On the other hand, Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel is likely to be available when the Bearcats play Memphis in a Thursday night ESPN game. The well-travelled Kiel, who transferred from Notre Dame after originally committing to Indiana and then LSU, was hurt in last week’s game with Miami of Ohio when he hit his head on the turf on a roughing-the-passer penalty …A few more details have become public in the assault case that got Rutgers’ WR Leonte Carroo, a potential second-day prospect for the upcoming draft, suspended indefinitely. Carroo apparently stepped into the middle of a catfight between his current girlfriend and an ex and it was the latter he allegedly slammed into the ground. Just to spice up the whole business, both the current girlfriend and Carroo’s mother have also been charged! Stay tuned …