Four-down territory: Tough road ahead for the Gators
Four-down territory is back at the NFP. Let's take a look at what's happening across the nation on this Monday afternoon...
• When Florida travels to Baton Rouge to battle top-ranked LSU on Saturday, it will do so with quarterback John Brantley on the sideline. Head coach Will Muschamp announced Brantley has a lower leg injury and will be sidelined at least a week. The signal-caller does not need surgery, however, after suffering the injury on a sack late in the first half of Saturday night's 38-10 loss to Alabama. True freshman Jeff Driskel is expected to start against the Tigers, but freshmen Jacoby Brissett and Tyler Murphy will see increased reps in practice this week. This is a huge blow because offensive coordinator Charlie Weis opened up the playbook a little bit against the Crimson Tide, and Brantley showed that he could move the ball down the field. Receivers such as Andre Debose and Deonte Thompson also became a bigger part of the offense. Now, the Gators will face the toughest defensive line in the country with a true freshman lining up at quarterback.
Jonathan Brown will sit out a game for his cheap shot against an NU player.
• One stain on Illinois' 5-0 start is the cheap shot levied by starting linebacker Jonathan Brown, who delivered a knee to the groin of a Northwestern player during the teams' game on Saturday. The Illini's second-leading tackler kneed NU lineman Patrick Ward after a play concluded and was flagged for a personal foul. The Illini suspended Brown and he will not play this week at Indiana. He has 30 tackles (six for loss) and two sacks on the season and was named the Big Ten defensive player of the week following Illinois' win over Arizona State a few weeks ago. Brown is a good player -- and too good for such bad behavior on the field.
• Miami suffered a very difficult loss when it learned senior linebacker Ramon Buchanan would miss the rest of the season after getting injured in the first quarter of Saturday's victory over Bethune-Cookman. Buchanan, who has 18 tackles (two for loss) and a blocked field goal, will be replaced by senior Jordan Futch and true freshman Denzel Perryman. It's a tough loss for head coach Al Golden, who is dealing with a wide array of personnel issues in his first season in Coral Gables. Miami travels to Virginia Tech this weekend, so things don't get any easier for Golden's squad.
• Ohio State may not be getting back receiver DeVier Posey and running back Boom Herron this week after all. According to The Columbus Dispatch, their suspensions could be extended. Athletic director Gene Smith will discuss the latest developments in the NCAA case at a presser Monday afternoon. Left tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas are expected to be cleared to join the team this week for the Buckeyes' game at Nebraska, but the paper reported that Herron and Posey could be held out longer for accepting inflated pay for summer jobs. This could be a long fall for the Buckeyes, who have looked exceptionally poor on offense, especially against Miami and Michigan State.
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