The start of training camp is always exciting because it means football season is that much closer, but it's also a time for worry -- injuries are going to happen, and sometimes they're going to be severe. Florida lost receiver Andre Debose to a major knee injury Wednesday, and it isn't the only program dealing with unexpected personnel losses already this month.
That news and more from around the country:
The Gators' offense and special teams took a hit when wide receiver Andre Debose suffered a season-ending ACL tear this week. Head coach Will Muschamp released a statement on the setback Wednesday:
"I know that Andre is disappointed. He had been doing very well in camp and we were more than pleased with his effort and attitude. Andre was hurt in a non-contact situation. He just planted his foot and there was a tear. He will have surgery after the swelling goes down. It is unfortunate and you feel bad anytime that someone is injured, and the coaching staff and our team will be very supportive in assisting Andre during his recovery."
Debose racked up more than 1,000 kickoff return yards over the past two seasons. He also handled punt returns in addition to his role with the offense. He'll need to apply for a medical hardship waiver in order to receive a sixth year of eligibility.
Aaron Murray was not at his best during a scrimmage Wednesday and threw three interceptions. Keith Marshall provided one highlight with a 75-yard touchdown run, but for the most part the team didn't look sharp, and Mark Richt was unhappy about what he perceived to be a lack of energy.
The defensive play of the day was made by OLB Devon Kennard who had a strip sack for a touchdown adding to his impressive Fall Camp. "Devon would be up there if there was an MVP or something on the whole team so far," said head coach Lane Kiffin, who explained that Kennard has benefited the most from the change in defensive scheme. "[Outside linebacker] really is his natural position."
The entire defense looked good, in fact, and forced the offense to commit a lot of turnovers -- Max Wittek and Cody Kessler combined to throw four interceptions. The team is set to scrimmage on Thursday.
The Horned Frogs have not had an auspicious start to camp from a personnel standpoint -- the team is down three players with starting experience already, with offensive lineman Michael Thompson being the most recent casualty. Thompson, a guard, was forced by injury to retire from football. He was limited in each of the last two seasons by injuries.
"Dontre Wilson right now, I would say he's going to play," Meyer said yesterday after the first full-pads work for the No. 2 Buckeyes. "He just goes really hard. That's my first impression of him, unless it changes."
Wilson, a former Oregon commitment, has "electric speed," according to Meyer.
Sixth-year senior quarterback Curt Phillips has endured a lot of injuries during his career in Madison, including three ACL surgeries. Despite that, he's right in the mix for the starting quarterback job this fall, and he's been getting reps with the first-team offense in camp. Phillips' on-field experience is limited, though he did appear in seven games last season.
While it's still early, defensive back P.J. Williams might be playing his way into an expanded role this season:
P.J. Williams has worked with the first team defense for consecutive days now. Nick Waisome and Ronald Darby may be a half step slow as they ease back into the day-to-day following their injuries. But I've always liked P.J. Williams with his length and strength. We'll see how this plays out, as it is a long ways from over.
The sophomore played in every game last season, but he served primarily as a special teams contributor.
The Jayhawks begin practice Thursday, and on Wednesday Charlie Weis met with the media to discuss a number of topics at length, including a detailed breakdown of the depth chart. He also spoke a bit about the team's running back situation:
"I think we will be running the ball a lot. I think we would be stupid not to. We will see how it goes, but you have to start with one. Until James (Sims) has been beaten out, James is the guy. He has earned that right. Do you want Tony (Pierson) to not get any touches? We don't want Tony not getting any touches either. I talked about Darrian (Miller) and Taylor (Cox), but do you want Tony detached all the time and not getting the ball? I'm not that dumb. He is getting touches, too. So I think that means we better plan on running it a bunch."
Sims was a bright spot amid a lot of struggle in 2012; he finished the year with more than 1,000 yards rushing.