Week 1 is here, folks. Here's the latest update on some key names in the world of college fantasy football who have made headlines this offseason with injuries and off-the-field shenanigans.
Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
Davis was finally expected to practice in the team’s final scrimmage this past weekend. It would be the first time he faced contact all offseason. Head coach John L. Smith said Davis would be available for the season opener, but you would have to think his carries will be limited.
Bobby Swigert, WR, Boston College
Swigert was injured in a scrimmage this past weekend, according to head coach Frank Spaziani. The team’s leading receiver from last season is expected to be out at least a few weeks with this injury. This really hurts the stock for QB Chase Rettig (though he really wasn’t going to be picked up in drafts to begin with) now because both Swigert and TE Chris Pantale will be out for quite some time.
Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh
Although Graham finally went through contact drills this past week, it does not look like he will be available the first week of the season. Graham will get his fair share of carries in 2012, but no sense rushing him back with guys like Isaac Bennett and Rushel Shell backing him up. Bennett has been running with the first team, so expect him to get the start.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Lacy is listed as day-to-day after suffering a sprained ankle and knee. Head coach Nick Saban said he would be surprised if his starting running back is not ready for the season opener against Michigan. If not, freshman T.J. Yeldon or junior Jalston Fowler could get some extended playing time.
Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
After suffering a concussion in an assault incident just a few weeks back, Ball was not only named a team captain, but is all set to start for the Badgers in the first game of the year. The senior back has been in practice for three weeks now and should be close to top form. Expect much of the same from this Heisman candidate.
Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
It’s a go for Lattimore as he is all set to start Week 1 for the Gamecocks. The only concern here is the amount of carries he will get with two of his backups out with injuries. Because of that, Lattimore could see more work than initially expected.
Cierre Wood, RB, Notre Dame
Head coach Brian Kelly announced that Wood will be suspended for the first two games of the season for violating team rules. With him out, former wideout turned running back Theo Riddick will get a bigger portion of the carries. This should not deter anyone from selecting Wood, though, as he as averaged over five yards a carry in each of his first two seasons with the Irish.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Because of an offseason drug arrest, Watkins is missing the first two games of the year. The sophomore was arguably the top freshman in the country during 2011, and big things were expected again. This really hurts not only Watkins stock, but also his stud QB Tajh Boyd’s stock as well.
James Sims, RB, Kansas
Sims is suspended for the first three games of the season, a huge blow to a team that needs all the offensive help that it can get. His numbers were expected to drop slightly because of the new offensive system Charlie Weis brought in, but this will really hurt his stock. Hitting the 1,000-yard mark is in serious question.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, RB, Michigan
Toussaint is back now practicing with the team, preparing for the season opener against Alabama. Despite practicing, Brady Hoke has still not said whether or not he will be available. Sophomore Thomas Rawls will get the start in his place if Toussaint is not available.
Trey Franks, Jaz Reynolds, WR, Oklahoma
Both receivers have been back at practice but are not going to be available for a good portion of the season, according to Coach Bob Stoops. With the amount of depth the Sooners have at the position because of talented freshman, and a couple possible transfers, don’t expect a huge contribution from either wideout going forward.
Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee
This might finally be it for Rogers and Tennessee. The junior was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules and it does not look like he will be back. This opens the door for JUCO transfer Cordarrelle Patterson to start. He has already opened many eyes this offseason.
Darrin Moore, WR, Texas Tech
Moore was suspended indefinitely after a DWI this summer and it was thought he might miss some game time this fall. However, he has been practicing with the team as if he's a starter, seeing lots of reps. Information has been tight in Lubbock on whether or not Moore will play. He is a risky start in week 1 unless we hear some confirmation on his status.
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