Oct 13, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Joker Phillips during the second quarter of the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

2012 College Football: SEC Injury Updates Week Eleven

All the news from week ten in the SEC, luckily, was about the final scores and one head coach’s dismissal but not about the injuries on the field.

The SEC held court, barely in some cases, in all non-conference match-ups. Arkansas beat a 7-1 Tulsa team 19-15, Tennessee had trouble putting away Troy at home winning 55-48, and Auburn started slow with a true freshman under center but eventually piled it on later in the game for a 42-7 romp against New Mexico State.

Alabama won the game of the week over LSU but barely. Bama head coach Nick Saban looked shell-shocked at the end of the game. Was he surprised the Tide came back to win with 51 seconds left in the game or was he still trying to figure out how Zach Mettenberger tore up his pass defense?

The Mad Hatter, one could argue, cost the Tigers another game with his coaching antics.

Florida was good enough, despite a slew of injuries, to hold on at home against Missouri last weekend. The 14-7 final had to make Tiger fans feel good put the reality is the Gators have little gas in the tank after playing LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and Georgia over the last four games.

All Will Muschamp has to do is play out the next two games against UL-Lafayette and Jacksonville State while getting his injured players back on the field for the team’s last game of the year against Florida State. After all this is what the Gators will have to play for as they are doomed for no better than a share of the SEC East title with Georgia playing Auburn this weekend and neither team having another SEC game for the rest of the season.

Gator Nation, Muschamp, and the SEC all want Florida to take down FSU. Will Muschamp have enough healthy players on the field come Nov. 24 when they travel to Tallahassee?

A&M laid it on Mississippi State getting a big road win in style. Dan Mullen talked a lot about his Bulldog team on the way to a 7-0 start without benefit of a quality win. Now MSU has a two-game losing streak going and must travel to Death Valley to face an angry LSU team that knows they let one get away against Bama last week. Seven and three anyone?

Speaking of the Aggies… what a wonderful position the first-year SEC wonders are in this week. They have an opportunity to catch Alabama shaking off the emotional hangover of their 21-17 last minute win against LSU.

Reality is A&M can do no better than second place in the SEC West. Alabama only has one SEC game left, against Auburn, and there is no way Saban loses to the Tigers in the Iron Bowl. But a second place finish in the West for A&M’s first year in the SEC would put head coach Kevin Sumlin on the radar for a lot of top recruits across the nation. Watch out Bama, here comes Johnny Manziel, all 6’1”, 200 pounds of him.

Ole Miss has an opportunity to bury the Houston Nutt era in style by beating Vanderbilt, a team Nutt struggled to beat during his tenure in Oxford and becoming bowl eligible in the process. Beating the Commodores would put Hugh Freeze at 3-3 in conference play with a shot at finishing 4-4 in the SEC with LSU and MSU still left on the docket.

Finishing .500 in conference would be an amazing one-year turnaround for a team that finished 2011 2-10 and 0-8 in the SEC.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are now looking for creative ways to keep starters off the field. If injuries have not ravaged the starting offensive and defensive units enough throughout the year, for the second week in a row a starter will be held out due to suspension. This time senior starting linebacker Terrell Williams will miss the South Carolina game after being arrested for DUI on Sunday. Last week junior wide receiver Brandon Mitchell was held out for unknown reasons that were not injury related… academics or NCAA violation(s), who knows?

The Hogs might catch a break with an injury to Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw that few know the severity of. Shaw is the only offensive weapon Steve Spurrier has left on the team after the injury of running back Marcus Lattimore.

USC had a bye week to game plan for Arkansas and put together an offensive package to confuse the young and inexperienced Razorback back seven. The question is will Shaw’s gimpy foot, back, and shoulder hold up long enough to win one for Marcus?

The news of the week was the dismissal of Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips on Sunday. Phillips will be allowed to coach the team’s final two games against Samford and Tennessee before his short three-year career in Lexington comes to an end.

Kentucky was Phillips’ first shot at being a head coach. He entered the year with an 11-14 record but a 1-9 overall record coupled with a 0-7 SEC record was too much for the Wildcat fans and administration to bear. A 40-0 loss to Vanderbilt, once a whipping post for Kentucky, did not help matters any either.

One can understand why Phillips was fired but if anyone has looked at the devastating injuries the football team has suffered this year there is little doubt as to why Kentucky has not been competitive on the field in 2012.

So much for giving said head coach at least four years to get “his” players on campus to see what he can do.

 

Week Eleven SEC Games

Arkansas at No. 8 South Carolina

LA Lafayette at No. 6 Florida

Missouri at Tennessee

No. 15 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama

No. 5 Georgia at Auburn

Vanderbilt at Ole Miss

No. 21 Mississippi State at No. 7 LSU

Kentucky on a bye

 

Week Ten SEC Scores

Tulsa 15 at Arkansas 19

Troy 48 at Tennessee 55

Missouri 7 at No. 7 Florida 14

Vanderbilt 40 at Kentucky 0

No. 16 Texas A&M 38 at No. 15 Mississippi State 13

New Mexico State 7 at Auburn 42

Mississippi 10 at No. 6 Georgia 37

No. 1 Alabama 21 at No. 5 LSU 17

 

SEC Injury Report for Week Eleven

Alabama

WR Chris Black, out for season, shoulder (8-10-12)

CB Travell Dixon, left team (8-11-12)

DB Jarrick Williams, out for season, knee (8-11-12)

RB/FB Jaslston Fowler, out for season, knee (9-10-12)

WR DeAndrew White, out for season, knee (10-1-12)

RB Dee Hart, out for season, knee (10-1-12)

RB Eddie Lacy, probable vs. A&M, ankle

 

Arkansas

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, out for season, wrist

WR Marquel Wade, out for season, disciplinary reasons

FB Kiero Small, out for season, foot (9-6-12)

RB/FB Kody Walker, out for season, leg, (9-9-12)

DE Tenarius Wright, out for season, shoulder (10-10-12)

LB Alonzo Highsmith, out for season, foot (10-8-12)

RB Knile Davis, questionable vs. USC, hamstring

TE Chris Gragg, questionable vs. USC, leg

WR Brandon Mitchell, out vs. USC, suspension

LB Terrell Williams, out vs. USC, suspension

 

Auburn

OL Christian Westerman, questionable vs. Georgia, leg

CB Chris Davis, questionable vs. Georgia, concusion

QB Clint Moseley, questionable vs. Georgia, ankle

LB Justin Garrett, questionable vs. Georgia, unknown

DT Ryan Smith, probable vs. Georgia, unknown

DT Jeff Whitaker, probable vs. Georgia, unknown

OL Avery Young, out for season (10-22-12)

DB Erique Florence, questionable vs. Georgia, unknown

TE Philp Lutzenkirchen, out for season, hip (10-21-12)

TE C.J. Uzoman, doubtful vs. Georgia, hand

 

Florida

WR Michael McNeely, out for season, foot (8-24-12)

DE Ronald Powell, out indefinitely, ACL (8-21-12)

LS Drew Ferris, out indefinitely, collarbone (9-03-12)

LB Jelani Jenkins, probable vs. UL-Lafayette, hamstring

WR Latroy Pittman, questionable vs. UL-Lafayette, ankle

DB Cody Riggs, out indefinitely, foot

OT Matt Patchan, out indefinitely, pectoral (10-9-12)

OL Xavier Nixon, probable vs. UL-Lafayette, knee

OL James Wilson, probable vs. UL-Lafayette, knee

DT Leon Orr, out vs. UL-Lafayette, illness

OL Trip Thurman, questionable vs. UL-Lafayette, legal issues

LB Lerente McCray, probable vs. UL-Lafayette, ankle

WR Solomon Patton, out for season, arm

CB Moses Jenkins, probable vs. UL-Lafayette, unknown

OL Trip Thurman, out vs. UL-Lafayette, legal issues

PK Caleb Sturgis, probable vs. UL-Lafayette. Ankle

RB Mack Brown, out vs. UL-Lafayette, ankle

DB Matt Elam, probable vs. UL-Lafayette, groin

OL Jon Halapio, questionable vs. UL-Lafayette, ankle

 

Georgia

OT Kolton Houston, out indefinitely, eligibility

RB Brandon Harton, out, thumb (9-28-12)

WR Michael Bennett, out for season, ACL (10-3-12)

FB Merritt Hall, probable vs. Auburn, ankle

LB Chase Vasser, doubtful vs. Auburn, shoulder

DE Sterling Bailey, out indefinitely, thumb

LB Brandon Burrows, out indefinitely, hand

OG Chris Burnette, probable vs. Auburn, thumb

DE Arby Jones, out for season, ankle (10-22-12)

WR Marlon Brown, out indefinitely, thumb (11-4-12)

 

Kentucky

TE Anthony Kendrick, out for season, eligibility

QB Maxwell Smith, out indefinitely, shoulder

CB Marcus Caffey, out for season, grades

RB CoShik Williams, out for season, hip

DB Dakotah Tyler, out for season, ACL (10-1-12)

RB Josh Clemons, out for season, knee

DT Donte Rumph, knee

LB Pancho Thomas, out, wrist

DB Cody Quinn, hamstring

LB Jabari Johnson, hamstring

TE Tyler Robinson, back

 

LSU

CB Tyrann Mathieu, out for season, dismissed (8-10-12)

OT Chris Faulk, out for season, knee (9-7-12)

TE Tyler Edwards, out for season, academics

LB Tahj Jones, out for season, academics

OT Evan Washington, out for season, academics

LB D.J. Welter, out for season, academics

DE Jordan Allen, out for season, undisclosed

WR Travin Dural, out for season, knee

RB Alfred Blue, out for season, knee (9-18-12)

OT Alex Hurst, out indefinitely, personal

LB Kwon Alexander, out for season, ankle

S Eric Reid, probable vs. MSU, sternum

RB Jeremy Hill, questionable vs. MSU, leg

 

Mississippi State

No injuries reported

 

Missouri

WR Wesley Leftwich, out indefinitely, food poisoning

RB Henry Josey, out for season, knee

OG Travis Ruth, out for the season, triceps

OL Logan Adkison, out for season, dismissal

OT Taylor Chappell, out for season, knee

OL Jack Meiners, out indefinitely, knee

OL Mitch Morse, out indefinitely, knee

DB Kip Edwards, questionable vs. Tennessee, neck

OT Justin Britt, out for season, knee (11-4-12)

 

Ole Miss

LB D.T. Shackelford, out for season, knee (8-4-12)

WR Tobias Singleton, out for season, left team

WR Collins Moore, out for season, shoulder (10-8-12)

CB Senquez Golson, doubtful vs. Vandy, concussion

CB Wesley Pendleton, doubtful vs. Vandy, ankle

LB Aaron Garbutt, questionable vs. Vandy, illness

QB Bo Wallace, probable vs. Vandy, shoulder

S Trae Elston, questionable vs. Vandy, toe

DE Keith Lewis, questionable vs. Vandy, shoulder

OG Aaron Morris, questionable vs. Vandy, shoulder

RB Jeff Scott, probable vs. Vandy

DE Carlos Thompson, probable vs. Vandy, shoulder

 

South Carolina

RB Shon Carson, out indefinitely, wrist

S Sheldon Royster, out for season, left team

RB Brandon Wilds, out indefinitely, ankle

OT Mike Matulis, out for season, shoulder (11-6-12)

RB Marcus Lattimore, out for season, knee (10-27-12)

DT Kelcy Quarles, questionable vs. Arkansas, shoulder

QB Connor Shaw, probable vs. Arkansas, foot

 

Tennessee

WR Da’Rick Rogers, left team, transfer

LB LaTroy Lewis, out for season, knee

PK George Bullock, out for season, broken leg

 

Texas A&M

RB Brandon Williams, out for season, eligibility

RB Will Randolph, left team, undisclosed

TE Hutson Prioleau, left team, personal (8-7-12)

DB Steven Campbell, out for season, concussion (10-17-12)

OL Shep Klinnke, out for season, foot (10-9-12)

WR Mike Evans, probable vs. Alabama, hamstring

 

Vanderbilt

LB Tristan Strong, left team, personal

DE Thad McHaney, out for season, back (9-7-12)

WR Jacquese Kirk, probable vs. Ole Miss, unknown

 

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