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Houston HC Major Applewhite said after Thursday's win over Tulane that he has not spoken with junior DT Ed Oliver since the two had a heated halftime exchange regarding a coat.

"I heard he had left [after halftime]. I want him back. I want him part of our football team. If he wants to play, I want him to play," Applewhite said postgame. The whole bizarre situation came about after the coach took a coat off of Oliver's shoulders just before halftime. The team has a rule that only active players can wear this particular coat, and Oliver was not suited up due to a knee injury which has now cost him four consecutive games. Houston director of sports performance Rod Grace had to hold Oliver back after the coat was taken from him. We will have to wait and see if player and coach can put this one behind them collectively. If Ed Oliver ends up bouncing on Houston for the rest of the season (he has already declared for the draft), this would certainly be an odd way to go out.
Nov 16 - 1:10 AM

North Texas junior QB Mason Fine (wrist) returned to Thursday's game against FAU.

Well that was a surprise. It looked very much like Fine was going to miss the remainder of the game after injuring his wrist on a hard sack early in the third quarter, but after he was checked out in the locker room, he trotted back out there before the quarter had even come to a close. First play back? Quarterback keeper. If there's any lingering concern over the junior's wrist, we will pass along word.
Nov 16 - 12:29 AM

North Texas redshirt senior QB Quinn Shanbour entered Thursday's game against FAU early in the third quarter following an apparent wrist injury to junior Mason Fine.

Shanbour (6'0/196) will likely finish out this contest, as Fine appeared to be in no shape to return after going down injured and has since left for the locker room. The redshirt senior has come on to rush for two touchdowns in very limited action, so at least in the short term, UNT hasn't lost control of the game.
Nov 16 - 12:05 AM

North Texas junior QB Mason Fine left for the locker room after sustaining an apparent wrist injury during the third quarter of Thursday's game against FAU.

We already lost one star quarterback during Thursday's slate -- Houston QB D'Eriq King sustained a knee injury versus Tulane -- and it looks like another one might have just been taken off the chess board. Fine sustained the apparent wrist injury while being sacked by a pair of FAU defenders. He was replaced on the field by redshirt senior backup Quinn Shanbour, who finished off the drive with a touchdown run. Fine should be considered exceedingly unlikely to return to action on Thursday. We will pass along updates as information becomes available.
Nov 15 - 11:59 PM

Houston sophomore RB Patrick Carr rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in Thursday's 48-17 win over Tulane.

With neither Terence Williams nor Mulbah Car playing in this one -- and with QB D'Eriq King exiting due to a first-half knee injury -- it was up to Carr to carry much of the offensive load on Thursday evening. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound sophomore came through in grand style, averaging 7.7 YPC while setting the tone with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns. This was his first 100-yard showing of the campaign. He will try for another one against Memphis next Friday.
Nov 15 - 11:42 PM

Houston freshman QB Clayton Tune completed 6-of-15 passes for 108 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's 48-17 win over Tulane.

Tune was forced into emergency relief duty after star QB D'Eriq King suffered a non-contact knee injury late in the second quarter. King would not return to the game. In his stead, the three-star true freshman went on to throw for touchdown passes in each of the final two quarters of play as Houston cruised to the easy (but costly) victory. Tune, himself, was leveled with a hard shot in the closing minutes of the game. We will be closely monitoring the quarterbacking situation, here, during the upcoming practice week. Houston will tango with Memphis next Friday.
Nov 15 - 11:36 PM

Tulane junior RB Darius Bradwell rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Thursday's 48-17 loss to Houston.

Bradwell (6'1/230) found his way to the end zone from 20 yards out midway through the first quarter after Houston jumped to a 7-0 lead -- Tulane would miss the subsequent PAT -- but from that point forward, the Cougars would handle this one with relative ease. For the season as a whole, Bradwell has rushed for 916 yards and nine touchdowns across 11 games played. He will look to sneak over 1,000 yards for the campaign when the Green Wave take on Navy in Week 13.
Nov 15 - 11:31 PM

Houston junior DT Ed Oliver got into a heated argument over a jacket with HC Major Applewhite at halftime of Thursday's game against Tulane.

Oliver is not playing in Thursday's contest -- he has sat out four consecutive games due to a knee injury -- but got himself into the spotlight regardless. According to ESPN's Laura Rutledge, the star junior defensive tackle became heated after Applewhite removed an active-players-only jacket from his shoulders. Houston director of sports performance Rod Grace held back a verbose Oliver, who continued to bark at Applewhite on the way into the locker room. We don't expect any tangible fallout from this incident, but it was not a particularly classy look. Oliver declared for the 2019 draft multiple months ago and will not be returning to Houston after the close of the season.
Nov 15 - 11:10 PM

Houston junior QB D'Eriq King (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday's game against Tulane.

King was injured while handing off the ball in the second quarter, on a play in which he was not touched. After limping off the field he was then carted to the locker room in obvious disappointment. That he will not be returning to the game was already something of an assumption given the way he left the contest. The real question, now, is just what the extent of this non-contact knee injury might be and whether it will take an extended recovery. True freshman Clayton Tune took over for King after the junior's exit and will close out the rest of Thursday's contest. Houston figures to provide clarity on King's status over the coming days.
Nov 15 - 10:16 PM

Toledo redshirt junior RB Art Thompkins rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in Thursday's 56-34 win over Kent State.

The Rockets absolutely pounded the ball down Kent State's throat on Thursday, putting up 384 yards rushing as a team by contest's end. Thompkins was one of two 100-yard rushers on the evening for Toledo (Bryant Koback led the team with 192 yards on the ground). For the season as a whole, the redshirt junior has 512 rushing yards and five touchdowns across 11 games played. Thompkins and crew will close out the regular season against Eastern Michigan in Week 13.
Nov 15 - 10:10 PM

Toledo redshirt freshman RB Bryant Koback rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in Thursday's 56-34 win over Kent State.

Koback (6'0/193) performed beautifully throughout the contest, ripping off long run after long run -- he averaged a sizzling 11.3 YPC -- while scoring on touchdown dashes of 44 and 15 yards in the second and third quarters, respectively. This was the redshirt freshman's first game over 100 yards for his career. He actually cleared that statistical benchmark by halftime. For the campaign, now, Koback has rushed for 751 yards and 11 touchdowns for the campaign as a whole. He will look to finish out the regular season in strong fashion against Central Michigan a week from Friday.
Nov 15 - 10:03 PM

Kent State junior RB Jo-El Shaw rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Thursday's 56-34 loss to Toledo.

Toledo might have put up a crooked number on the scoreboard, but credit Kent State for playing tough. They trailed 28-17 at the half and it took a 21-point third quarter from the Rockets to truly put this one to bed. This was Shaw's second 100-yard performance in his last three games and his third for the campaign as a whole. The Golden Flashes will wrap up their season in a date with Eastern Michigan one week from Friday.
Nov 15 - 9:55 PM

Houston junior QB D'Eriq King was carted off the sideline after sustaining an injury in the second quarter of Thursday's game against Tulane.

Uh oh. King limped off the field after being injured on a simple handoff near the goal-line and subsequently required a cart to leave the sideline. The junior signal-caller was not touched on the play in question (non-contact injuries can sometimes be serious). True freshman Clayton Tune replaced King after he exited stage left and figures to play for the duration of the contest. We will pass along updates as information becomes available.
Nov 15 - 9:37 PM

Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Allen (6'5/260) will get his draft process started in earnest down in Mobile come January. He has been receiving all kinds of positive evaluations from the draft community this season, with The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard calling him "the most improved player in the country" at the end of October (Ledyard was not impressed by his 2017 work) and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. tabbing Allen as one of the more underrated prospects in the pool of draft-eligible players earlier in the month. The Kentucky standout could be in for a top-10 selection in April should the evaluating process break right for him.
Nov 15 - 8:49 PM

Louisville redshirt freshman QB Malik Cunningham (undisclosed) should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against NC State.

Cunningham was injured in last Friday's blowout loss to Syracuse. His status for the weekend figures to clarify closer to kickoff. Jawon Pass has been working as starter for the Cardinals as their team equivalent of the Titanic prepares to settle on the bottom of the Atlantic with games against NC State and Kentucky remaining on the schedule.
Nov 15 - 8:36 PM

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