Mark Ingram's run for a second Heisman Trophy has been put on hold before the Alabama tailback had a chance to gain a single yard.
Ingram will miss No. 1 Alabama's opener against San Jose State on Saturday after injuring his left knee in practice Monday, coach Nick Saban said.
Ingram had an arthroscopic procedure and should make a full recovery in a "relatively short time," Saban said Tuesday.
If the absence is short, it figures to have more of an impact on Ingram's bid to join Ohio State running back Archie Griffin as the only two-time Heisman winners than it does on Alabama's hopes for a repeat national title.
As a sophomore, Ingram became Alabama's first Heisman winner after rushing for a school-record 1,658 yards.
Alabama has a talented backup in sophomore Trent Richardson.
"It's different not having (Ingram) out there," Richardson said. "We're not losing Mark; he's still going to be out there. We know we have to do what we have to do. Mark will support us, and we will support Mark, too."
NCAA denies waiver for Ole Miss QB Masoli
JACKSON, Miss. — The NCAA denied Mississippi quarterback Jeremiah Masoli's request for a waiver that would allow him to play immediately, meaning the former Oregon standout won't be eligible until 2011.
Mississippi will appeal the ruling, with a response expected in less than a week.
"I'm just shocked and disappointed," said Masoli, a senior. "I've done everything I can to follow the rules."
Masoli transferred after being kicked off Oregon's team after two run-ins with police.
The NCAA said Masoli's request violated the intent of the waiver: "The waiver exists to provide relief to student-athletes who transfer for academic reasons to pursue graduate studies, not to avoid disciplinary measures at the previous university."
The Rebels open the season Saturday against Jacksonville State with sophomore Nathan Stanley the likely starter.
Clemson: Linebacker Brandon Maye will have knee surgery today and miss Saturday's opener against North Texas.
Houston: Receiver Patrick Edwards, who broke his leg when he ran into a metal service cart in an October 2008 game at Marshall, accused the West Virginia school in a lawsuit of maintaining an unsafe playing field.
Iowa: Backup center Josh Koeppel will likely miss Saturday's opener against Eastern Illinois after a traffic accident.
Minnesota: Senior safety Kyle Theret and offensive lineman Dom Alford were suspended for Thursday's opener against Middle Tennessee State for a violation of team rules.
N.C. State: Redshirt freshman Dean Haynes, a former defensive back, will start at tailback Saturday against Western Carolina.
Notre Dame: Sophomore receiver Shaquelle Evans left the team and will transfer.
South Carolina: Coach Steve Spurrier will rotate quarterbacks Thursday against Southern Miss. That includes junior Stephen Garcia, a former Jefferson High standout who started every game last season. … Junior offensive lineman Quintin Richardson, suspended for violating team rules, will transfer to Hampton.
Tennessee: Freshman receiver Justin Hunter was cleared by the NCAA after it investigated an online course he took this summer.
UConn: Senior linebacker Greg Lloyd Jr., son of the former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, will be ready to play Saturday against Michigan. He recovered faster than expected from a severe left knee injury Nov. 28.
Michigan State: Junior guard Korie Lucious was charged with drunken driving after being pulled over early Monday near campus in East Lansing.
West Virginia: Police issued disorderly conduct citations to guards Joe Mazzulla and Dalton Pepper on suspicion of urinating in public Sunday.