Thursday, January 18, 2018
Colleges

USF's Mack has mild hamstring strain, expected to be fine

TAMPA — Sophomore tailback Marlon Mack, the American Athletic Conference's No. 3 rusher (114.8 yards per game), missed Sunday's practice with a mild hamstring strain, coach Willie Taggart confirmed Monday.

Mack sustained the injury late in the Bulls' 28-20 win Saturday at Connecticut, where he amassed 113 yards on 13 carries, but he told reporters immediately afterward it was "just a cramp." On his last carry, on the game's final drive, he ran for 14 yards on third and 1 to allow the Bulls to run out the clock.

Speaking on the AAC's weekly coaches teleconference Monday, Taggart seemed unconcerned.

"He didn't practice (Sunday) but his hammy's okay," said Taggart, whose team regularly takes Mondays off. "A little strained in the hamstring. We've got to do a great job of rehabbing this week but Marlon should be fine."

MEYER MUM: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn't ready to publicly name a starting quarterback for the top-ranked Buckeyes' game at Rutgers on Saturday. "I have an idea, but I want to make sure I visit with everybody and make sure we're doing the right thing," he said.

Meyer must choose between Cardale Jones, who has started all seven games this season, and J.T. Barrett, the starter in 2014 before breaking his ankle in the final regular-season game against Michigan.

NO. 3 UTAH: Starting tight end Siale Fakailoatonga is out for the season after being injured Saturday. Coach Kyle Whittingham did not elaborate.

NO. 5 LSU: Senior tight end Dillon Gordon's season may be over after he aggravated a left Achilles injury.

NO. 7 MICHIGAN ST.: Defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson was released from the hospital a day after he had surgery on a hip he injured while scoring the winning touchdown against Michigan.

ILLINOIS: Standout receiver Mike Dudek is unlikely to play this season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that he suffered in April, coach Bill Cubit said.

KENTUCKY: Senior nose guard Melvin Lewis is out for the rest of the regular season with a broken leg sustained in Thursday's loss to Auburn.

MISSISSIPPI ST.: Redshirt sophomore linebacker Dez Harris will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL for the third time in his career.

VIRGINIA TECH: Michael Brewer is again the starting quarterback. He played in relief of struggling Brenden Motley on Saturday in his first action since he broke his left collarbone in the season opener.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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