Clint Trickett

From left, Molly Poletto, Clint Trickett and Anna Cassell discuss their personal experiences with concussions at a panel in the AT&T Conference Center on Wednesday.
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It isn’t easy for an athlete to stop competing, but that’s exactly what the former student-athletes who were members of a panel on concussions did out of concern for their health. 

“There is a hole in your heart that is going to happen,” former Northwestern soccer player Anna Cassell said Tuesday at a panel on concussions.

Cassell, former Boston College safety Spenser Rositano, former West Virginia starting quarterback Clint Trickett and Molly Poletto, University of Utah undergraduate assistant for soccer, spoke on a panel Tuesday night to discuss their decisions to retire from athletics after suffering multiple concussions. All four athletes left their respective sports because of fear of health risks.

Members of the panel, which Texas’ Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation presented, said the head injuries caused them to make decisions about their future in sports. 

“I was getting concussions more easily, I was becoming more prone. So that’s when I [sought] help and saw a neurologist and talked and consulted with them. They were like, ‘You got to think about your future,’” said Cassell, who amassed six concussions before retiring. “You only get one brain in life, it’s not something you can get surgery on. That was one of my leading rules into hanging it up.”

Concussions have affected members of Texas athletic teams, as well. Former Texas quarterback David Ash was forced to retire early because of multiple concussions throughout his career. But the decision didn’t come easily.

“I just prayed a lot about it,” Ash said at a news conference in September where he announced his retirement “The decision, it was, I think, the process of it all, the doctor and coaches.”

The decision to retire is often the result of the possible consequences of multiple concussions, such as such as depression and anxiety.

“I never really was a person who believed in depression,” said Trickett. “It is real, and it’s when I was by myself.”

Along with depression, the topic of whether concussions are linked to an increased risk of suicide has become a prominent focus among concussion research. Former NFL linebackers Jovan Belcher and Junior Seau, who both died by suicide, had repeated head trauma throughout their careers in the NFL.

“At least for me, just being brutally honest, there are suicidal thoughts within this,” said Poletto.

However, at the panel, the athletes said the most prominent way they dealt with their concussions is by talking to and consulting with experts to better understand their injuries.

“Talking about it helps a ton,” said Trickett. “Expressing how you feel and what you’ve gone through is one of those things that absolutely help athletes who are dealing with concussions.”

QB

Advantage: West Virginia

West Virginia senior Clint Trickett has piloted the Mountaineer offense to an unexpectedly successful season. The pocket passer is a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is given to the nation’s top quarterback, and his 2,925 passing yards rank fourth in the nation.

Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes has improved drastically on passes over 20 yards, and his dangerously underthrown balls have been rare in recent weeks. Swoopes still needs to learn how to make quick reads under duress and stand tall with pass rushers in his face. 

RB

Advantage: Texas

Senior Malcolm Brown finally achieved 100 rushing yards in a single game. However, that came against a terrible Texas Tech defense. More encouraging is the fact that junior Johnathan Gray has started to resurrect the explosiveness that made him a top recruit.

The Mountaineers are built on the passing game, but they are more than capable of working the ground game if they have to. West Virginia has four rushers, including sophomore feature backs Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell, who each have at least 50 carries and average four yards per attempt.  

WR

Advantage: West Virginia

Senior Kevin White is electric before and after the catch, and his 1,075 receiving yards are good for the third-highest total in the nation. White’s senior teammate, Mario Alford, and his seven receiving touchdowns will spread out an already thin Texas secondary.

The receivers have been the strength of the Longhorn offense this season, but they had a couple of crucial drops against Texas Tech. Senior John Harris’ efforts have produced great numbers, but his fantastic ability to beat defenders with the ball in the air cannot be quantified. 

OL

Advantage: West Virginia

West Virginia has trotted out the same front five every game this season, but the unit is not without its faults. Trickett has been sacked 21 times, and the team, as a whole, is averaging just four yards per carry.

Head coach Charlie Strong praised his offensive line’s performance against Texas Tech last week. Texas has started the same offensive line for three straight weeks, but the success could be more a factor of Texas Tech’s terrible front seven than a newfound chemistry. 

DL

Advantage: Texas

This unit took a bit of a step back last week, and it will have to get back to form in order to knock off the Mountaineers. Senior defensive end Cedric Reed has to start making an impact in opposing backfields to help stop the run and save his plummeting draft stock.

Senior defensive end Shaquille Riddick will do his best to disrupt an inexperienced Swoopes and keep the Texas run game at bay. Riddick has recorded a tackle for loss in four straight games, and his six sacks are good for fifth best in the Big 12. 

LB

Advantage: Texas

The Longhorn linebacking corps will not have to worry about chasing a mobile quarterback around the field. This unit will instead need to focus its resources on stopping the pass. Senior Jordan Hicks’ two interceptions and 115 tackles serve as evidence that the linebackers should be up to the challenge.

The Mountaineer linebacking corps, led by redshirt junior Nick Kwiatkoski and his nine tackles for loss, are not the flashiest unit on the field, but they get the job done. They have allowed 4.6 yards per attempt — it’s not great, but West Virginia has also faced some of the best rushing attacks in the country. 

DB

Advantage: West Virginia

West Virginia’s secondary has made a drastic improvement over the past couple of seasons. Junior safety KJ Dillon has secured two interceptions on the season, and the team has given up just over 200 yards per game despite already playing TCU, Baylor and Alabama.

Junior cornerback Duke Thomas has his flaws, but he will need to play the game of his life to reign in White. The struggles of the safeties — senior Mykkele Thompson and sophomore Dylan Haines — have thrown Bryson Echols, a talented but inexperienced sophomore defensive back, into the mix on nickel and dime packages. 

ST

Advantage: West Virginia

Even if the Longhorns manage to suppress the powerful Mountaineer offense, they will have their hands full on special teams. Alford is tied for the NCAA lead with two kick return touchdowns, and redshirt sophomore kicker Josh Lambert has hit all four of his 50-plus-yard field goal tries.

Junior Nick Rose hit a 46-yard field goal against Texas Tech, but he also missed very wide on a 37-yarder. Texas will need him to be consistent in order to eke out a bowl appearance. Senior receiver Jaxon Shipley is consistent on punt returns but has yet to make any game-changing plays.

Much of the West Virginia team travelling to Austin this weekend will enter Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium with fond memories. 

Boasting a 2-0 all-time program record in Austin, veteran Mountaineers remember garnering a suspenseful 48-45 win in 2012 against then-No. 11 Texas. But, senior quarterback Clint Trickett travels south without any memories or expectations. After transferring to West Virginia from Florida State in May 2013, Trickett will make his Austin debut Saturday.

“It’ll be a first time for me,” Trickett said. “Every year’s a different year; we’re completely different from last year and so are [the Longhorns]. I heard it’s a fun place to play — that you can feel the atmosphere and pageantry.”

Trickett’s seen his own share of atmosphere and pageantry between his time at Florida State and West Virginia. Under the rule of then-head coach Bill Stewart, the Mountaineers didn’t recruit Trickett out of high school because, as he says, “they ran a different offense than I did.” 

But when Geno Smith left Morgantown, West Virginia, Trickett saw an opening. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social science from Florida State in three years and is now pursuing a master’s in communication studies while playing football for the Mountaineers.

Even at West Virginia, Trickett has little experience playing against Texas. But the results of his minimal playing time are memorable. 

When Texas played at West Virginia last year, Trickett completed only two passes for 31 yards and was sacked four times for a loss of 26 yards over the course of five plays. Before the end of the first quarter, Trickett was sidelined by a concussion.

“He got his bell rung,” said Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia’s head coach, after the game. “He was knocked out there for a bit. He was back on the sidelines a little bit later, so I’m sure he’ll be fine.”

Eventually, Trickett was fine, but he missed the Mountaineers’ embarrassing 31-19 loss at Kansas as a result of the head injury. 

Now, he faces a Texas defense led by senior cornerback Quandre Diggs, who hit Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech’s freshman quarterback, so hard last week that Tech officials were forced to administer concussion tests and remove Mahomes from the game. The risk doesn’t faze Trickett.

“[Concussions are] part of the game — I’ve had a couple,” Trickett said. “Texas will always have good players on defense. The offense will need to keep guys off my back, and it’s my job to get rid of the ball. It’s a collective effort.”

Coming off a 31-30 loss to No. 6 TCU, in which they turned the ball over five times, Trickett and the Mountaineers are playing with a chip on their shoulder. Trickett says his team isn’t turnover-prone, and they’re ready to put the loss behind them and reboot before playing in Austin.

“It doesn’t sit too well, but we’re a mature team, and we’ve won a couple like this,” Trickett said. “That’s just how college football is. Especially when playing a team like Texas at Texas, there’s no time to sit and sulk.”

For Trickett, last year’s 4-8 season and his injury were “a down.” But this season — No. 24 West Virginia sits at 6-3 with Trickett boasting a 67.5 percent completion rate for 2,925 yards and 18 touchdowns — is “more up.” 

It’s his first season of sustained success at the college level but far from his first experience on a good football team. Trickett’s been surrounded by the game his entire life — his father is a former Mountaineer and current Florida State offensive line coach. He’s benefitted greatly from having a live-in coach, and Texas senior receiver John Harris sees the results of Trickett’s life of football.

“He has a lot of competitiveness to him — you can see it on film,” Harris said. “He took a big hit this weekend, [but] the kid got up and kept playing. He’s a great quarterback.”

1) TCU

The Horned Frogs escaped West Virginia with a win to keep their hopes alive of winning the Big 12 championship and earning a spot in the College Football Playoff. They have a monumental matchup Saturday against Kansas State. After that, the Horned Frogs face Kansas, Texas and Iowa State — all teams with a losing record. With redshirt junior quarterback Trevone Boykin leading the nation’s second best offense and a defense holding opponents to just over 22 points a game, there’s no reason why TCU shouldn’t be able to run the table.

2) Kansas State

As each week passes, the loss to Auburn hurts more and more. Auburn is the No. 3 team in the nation, and the Wildcats had them, if only junior kicker Jack Cantele hadn’t missed three field goals in the 6-point loss. But since then, freshman Matthew McCrane has taken over the kicking duties and is a perfect 8-for-8, and Kansas State has yet to lose. Senior Jake Waters is one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12 and is very capable of leading his Wildcats to a perfect finish against the toughest remaining schedule of TCU, Baylor and West Virginia.

3) Oklahoma

Two close losses hurt the Sooners, but that doesn’t make them any worse. They are a well-rounded team with a top-10 offense and a stingy defense. After trampling Iowa State in a bounce-back performance, they host Baylor on what should be a great day of football in the Big 12. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight is starting to find his rhythm, and that’s scary for the rest of the Big 12.

4) West Virginia

A close loss to TCU hurts, but the Mountaineers didn’t look bad. They had TCU on the ropes and let it slip away. Redshirt senior quarterback Clint Trickett is putting up a monster year for the Mountaineers, leading them to an incredible resurgence after last year’s debacle. He had a rough game against TCU but is still top five in the nation in passing yardage. Pair him up with senior receiver Kevin White, and you have one of the deadliest combos in the Big 12.

5) Baylor

The Bears’ offense is really good — everyone knows that. But in their two games against teams with winning records, they gave up 58 and 41 points. They can’t count on their offense to bail them out of those kinds of games too many times. They face off against Oklahoma on Saturday, and, afterwards, things don’t get much easier as they end the season against Kansas State.

6) Oklahoma State

There’s still a big gap between the Cowboys and the Big 12’s top-five teams. They’ve lost three in a row in ugly fashion, and, in their final three games, they get Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma. They need to win one of those games to become bowl eligible, and only one of those looks winnable given the way the Cowboys are playing right now.  

7) Texas

The Longhorns beat up Tech’s backups, but they weren’t entirely dominant. Their offense is sluggish, and the defense is beatable. Unsurprisingly, Texas’ best unit is its secondary, which ranks No. 9 in the nation in pass yards allowed.

8) Iowa State

Oklahoma beat them up, but they have Kansas and Texas Tech next on their schedule. That’s good news for the Cyclones, who are 0-5 in Big 12 play but have kept it close. Although their offense is respectable, their defense is atrocious, allowing nearly 40 points per game. Their offense isn’t good enough to compensate for that.

9) Texas Tech

If Iowa State’s defense is atrocious, then we would need a new word to describe the Red Raider defense. They are allowing over 41 points per game, and they haven’t even played Baylor or Oklahoma. Yikes. Remember when Kliff Kingsbury was touted as the best up-and-coming coach in the nation? Yeah, that feels like a long time ago.

10) Kansas

Former head coach Charlie Weis is gone, the basketball season is only a couple weeks away and they host Iowa State this weekend. Things are looking up for Jayhawk fans.

Texas wins if…

it gets off to a quick start. While West Virginia appears to be the weakest of the remaining opponents on the schedule, Morgantown is a tricky little place to play. Ask Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State, whose only loss of the season came courtesy of the Mountaineers in Milan Puskar Stadium. Texas has never played a game in Morgantown, and the crowd will surely be chaotic to welcome their new conference rivals into their house. The formula for the Longhorns is the same as it has been through their recent stretch of success, ground and pound the opponent to death. With the offensive line’s resurgence and Jonathan Gray and Malcolm Brown running the ball as well as they have at any point in their career, getting the ground game going early will be key. Nothing drains a raucous crowd more effectively than methodically moving the ball on the ground and putting up points early and often. If Case McCoy can continue to manage the game as well as he has while the running game finds its feet, the Longhorns will be in good shape.

 

Texas loses if…

it lets starting West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett set up shop in the pocket. Before Trickett was inserted as the starting quarterback in the fifth week of the season, the Mountaineers offense was sluggish and inefficient, averaging 18 points per game, culminating in a shutout loss to Maryland. After head coach Dana Holgorsen inserted Trickett into the lineup, the Mountaineers offense quickly improved, immediately leading them to a win against No. 11 Oklahoma State. Since then, the offense has averaged 21.6 points per game. While Trickett won’t be confused for Geno Smith, who led West Virginia to a shootout win over the Longhorns a year ago, he has given the offense some much needed life. On the ground, the Mountaineers are led by Charles Sims and Dreamius Smith, averaging 5.2 and 4.6 yards, respectively. If Cedric Reed, Jackson Jeffcoat and the rest of the defensive line cannot make life tough for Trickett while stuffing the running game, the Mountaineers are sure to pile up some points, inciting a crowd that will already be boisterous. The Longhorns lose if they get behind early and let a shootout unfold in Morgantown.

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West Virginia bursted onto the Big 12 scene last year.

Behind a dazzling crop of seniors, the Mountaineers danced on the sidelines after having knocked off the No. 11 Longhorns. They watched as their ranking rocketed to No. 5.

They were confident Morgantown was going to be home to the Heisman winner and a Big 12 championship.

But when the Mountaineers take on the Longhorns this time around, the expectations won’t be as high and they won’t be dependent on hopeful first-round draft picks.

Geno Smith is no longer there.

Tavon Austin is no longer there.

Without the centerpieces of last year’s team, there were questions on offense. Through spring and the early season, those questions remained. A few months later, those questions are finally answered.

Two transfers came in and took over the offense—junior quarterback Clint Trickett and senior running back Charles Sims. And because both are transferring as graduate students, they were able to start immediately.

 

The quarterback

Like Kansas State’s Jake Waters, Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace and Kansas’ Jake Heaps, all of whom have faced Texas this year, Trickett transferred to the school he’s at right now.

But, unlike them, Trickett didn’t start at a junior college. He didn’t struggle at his first school. He was just unfortunate.

He was unfortunate to be behind two (maybe three) first-round picks. As a redshirt freshman, Trickett watched as Christian Ponder snuck his way into the first round. He spent the next two years learning how E.J Manuel played his way into being the top quarterback taken in the 2013 draft. And when current Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston soared past him on the depth chart, he decided he had enough.

So Trickett packed up and moved north to the team he grew up watching as his dad was their offensive line coach from 2001-2006.

“It’s official, I will finish my academic/athletic career at WVU,” Trickett tweeted in May. “This is a dream come true to be playin for the state I love.”  

He wasn’t immediately thrust into the starting role, though, beginning the season third on the depth chart. But after junior Paul Millard and freshman Ford Childress struggled in early-season losses, head coach Dana Holgerson turned to the transfer.

Trickett carried West Virginia to a shocking upset of then-Big 12 favorite Oklahoma State. And he hasn’t looked back as he has started every game for the Mountaineers since. But he is still a far cry from Geno and Holgorsen expresses his concern.

“He needs to sit in a room and study it, then go outside and work on that for a couple months,” Holgorsen said. “He’s going to need that downtime and offseason time in order to grasp what we are asking of him.”

 

The running back

Unlike Trickett, Sims didn’t transfer because a lack of playing time. At Houston, he started all three years. And at 6-foot-1, 213 pounds, he is a promising NFL prospect that ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranks as the sixth-best running back prospect for the upcoming NFL Draft.

But shockingly, at the end of his redshirt junior year, he announced he was moving on.

“I don’t know what my next step will be,” Sims said. “I may look to play one more year of college football or I may enter the NFL Supplemental Draft later this year.”

But why not stay at Houston? He didn’t give an answer besides it was time to move on.

After Houston restricted him from joining any team that played Houston, was in the AAC or was a Division I school in Texas, Sims opted to run for the coach that recruited him at Houston.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have his services for one year,” said Holgorsen, who was Houston’s offensive line coach when Sims was recruited. “He’s a tremendous football player..”

And his one year under Holgorsen was his best.

“I had him for the first year there in 2009,” Holgorsen said. “That was probably his best year statistically.”

And Texas head coach Mack Brown knows that Sims is the biggest threat on the Mountaineer offense.

“He’s a top pro prospect and a really good football player and that’s where it all starts for him,” Brown said.

Quarterbacks

Case McCoy completed almost 70 percent of his passes against Kansas, but threw two interceptions and no touchdowns. McCoy’s play has worsened over the last two games and freshman Tyrone Swoopes has yet to demonstrate he is a legitimate passing threat. Clint Trickett is 2-3 as a starter, starting with the upset over Oklahoma State (7-1). Though his numbers are not impressive, Trickett has saved his best games for his best opponents, so the Longhorns should look out.

Advantage: West Virginia

 

Running Backs

Malcolm Brown matched his touchdown total from last year by running for four touchdowns against Kansas. Brown has scored more than two-thirds of Texas’ points in the last two games. Johnathan Gray has remained effective, averaging four yards per carry in the past three games. Joe Bergeron’s role has decreased, but he has shown dedication in the special teams game. Charles Sims had a season-high 154 rushing yards in an overtime win over TCU, scoring two touchdowns. The Houston transfer is the Mountaineers’ biggest offensive weapon, and with 300 yards receiving on the year, he is also an effective pass-catcher. Dreamius Smith only had six yards against the Horned Frogs but has been an effective second-back, with 400 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

Advantage: West Virginia

 

Wide Receivers

West Virginia seemed short-handed at receiver after Ronald Carswell was suspended indefinitely by the program before the TCU game. But Daikiel Shorts stepped up with 98 yards on six catches in the win. Marcus Johnson has become the Longhorns’ most effective receiver, catching passes for 59, 65 and 31 yards in the last three games. Daje Johnson had a career-high seven catches against Kansas. Jaxon Shipley has been a consistent target averaging five catches a game, but has yet to score this season while Mike Davis has only caught four passes in the last three games.

Advantage: Texas

 

Offensive Line

West Virginia surrendered two sacks to the TCU defense last week, an average mark for the Mountaineers, who will face a Texas pass rush that has nine sacks in the last three games. The offensive line has helped West Virginia run for 145 yards per game in the last three weeks.

The Longhorns offensive line gave up their first sack in three weeks against Kansas, and have only given up 10 all season. Texas has rushed for 200 yards per game the past three weeks and faces a West Virginia team that has the No. 78 rush defense in the country. 

Advantage: Texas

 

Defensive Line:

West Virginia had two sacks against TCU, with Will Clarke forcing a fumble on one of them. That ended a five-week drought during which no Mountaineers defensive linemen notched a single sack. West Virginia has made 6.4 tackles for loss per game this year, No. 41 in the nation. A running back in high school, Chris Whaley has finally lived the dream of scoring in college, adding his second defensive touchdown of the season on a 40-yard fumble return against Kansas. Senior Jackson Jeffcoat’s four-game sack streak ended in the same game, but junior Cedric Reed had a career-high two sacks on the day. 

Advantage: Texas

 

Linebackers

No running back has rushed for 100 yards or more against the Longhorns in four weeks. Steve Edmond has stepped up, with 16 tackles in the last three games and an interception against TCU. The linebackers will face their toughest running game this week since facing Oklahoma. West Virginia forced two turnovers and a sack against senior Casey Pachall. Nick Kwiatkoski intercepted Pachall on the very first play, Brandon Golson earned his third sack of the season and Isaiah Bruce forced a fumble in the fourth quarter that put the Mountaineers back in the game. The group is playing at their best.

Advantage: West Virginia

 

Defensive Backs

Darwin Cook leads the Big 12 with four interceptions on the year. Cook also recovered a fumble against TCU that led to a 10-point Mountaineers lead in the fourth quarter. Ishmael Banks had his second interception in the fourth quarter against TCU, sparking 14 straight Mountaineers points. Despite the turnovers, the secondary gives up 276 yards passing per game (12th-worst in the country). Texas has the No. 16 pass defense and have not given up a passing touchdown in three straight games. Duke Thomas leads the secondary with two interceptions on the year. 

Advantage: Texas

 

Special Teams

Sophomore Daje Johnson has continued to be an explosive factor on the Texas kick return team, returning a kick 40 yards against Kansas last week. But the kick coverage team is now the third-worst in the NCAA in yards allowed, allowing 27.2 yards per kick return. West Virginia allows 22 yards per kick return and allows four yards per punt return. Freshman kicker Josh Lambert has transitioned well into the college game, knocking down a 50-yarder two weeks ago against Kansas State.

Advantage: West Virginia

Iowa backup QB suspended for two games after arrest

A.J. Derby has been suspended for two games following an arrest this past weekend. The redshirt freshman was arrested for public intoxication and fourth-degree criminal mischief in an incident outside of an Iowa City bar late last Saturday. Police responded to a complaint that a man had punched out the window of a bus as he was exiting. The 20-year-old Derby admitted to punching the window and said he would pay for it. Derby also underwent a breath test that showed his blood-alcohol level was at .120.

Head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement that Derby’s suspension comes “as a result of poor decisions this past weekend.”

Junior John Weinke will move in to the backup role for the next two weeks against Penn State and Northwestern.

Florida State QB Manuel ready to start after injury

Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel could be ready to play this week against ACC foe Wake Forest. Manuel injured his non-throwing shoulder against Oklahoma on Sept. 17 and had been sidelined until this week when he threw some light passes indoors with FSU trainers.

“I’m feeling a whole lot better than I was two weeks ago this time,” Manuel said.” My range of motion, my strength and all of my other stuff is back. I’m excited to get back out there at practice.”

Head coach Jimbo Fisher still isn’t sure if Manuel or redshirt freshman Clint Trickett will start this Saturday. He said the coaching staff would closely monitor Manuel’s progress and make a decision closer to game time.

“That brings another big dimension to the offense,” Fisher said of Manuel. “Not that Clint wasn’t, but it brings extreme athleticism back to the position.”

Bronco players reinstated, finally clear eligibility issues

Geraldo Boldewijn has been reinstated by the NCAA after sitting out the first four games of the season. Boldewijn, along with safety Cedric Febis and defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, were all suspended pending NCAA eligibility issues before the season. All three players are from the Netherlands and had played their senior football seasons in the Boise area before signing with the Broncos. Febis was reinstated before the Bronco’s second game against Toledo this year and Tjong-A-Tjoe’s reinstatement is still pending. Boldewijn brings a legitimate deep threat to the Broncos, something that has been missing after the departure of Titus Young last year.

“It’ll be fun,” said Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore. “He deserves some opportunities. He brings some stuff that the other guys can’t. He’s got some talents that hopefully we can showcase.”

Head coach Chris Peterson made it clear that the suspensions were in no way related to academic performance or violation of any NCAA rules. Boise State athletic officials expect to release a comprehensive statement regarding the three players sometime soon.

“We’ll fit him in there and give him some things and we’ll see,” Petersen said. “We just feel really bad for these kids. These kids are sitting here trying to work this out ... missing games. It’s really hard on them.”

Utah QB to miss time after injuring non-throwing arm

Jordan Wynn will miss at least the next two to three weeks after he injured his left, non-throwing shoulder last week against Washington. After that time is up the university said, “He will be re-evaluated at that time to determine if he is ready to return.”

Wynn will be replaced by junior Jon Hays, who completed 10 of 17 passes for 156 yards with a touchdown and an interception during the second half of the Utes loss to Washington. True freshman Tyler Shreve will move in to the third-string position during Wynn’s absence.

“[Hays] showed a lot of poise on a lot of plays,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham. “I saw a lot of positives in the half that he played. He has a strong arm and runs fairly effectively.”

“We have to change some things in our offense to play to our quarterback’s strengths,” Whittingham said. “It will necessitate that we do some different things. We’ll play more shotgun and more spread. We’re working through that as we speak. Jon is a better runner than Jordan.”