Dante' Butler - probable (Eye)
, RB, TULANE
News: Dante Butler
missed Wednesday's practice with pink eye, nola.com reports.
Analysis: Dante Butler
was quarantined to prevent the contagious disease from spreading throughout the team. So far, he is the only member of the team to catch the eye infection.
With Venric Mark transferring out of Northwestern and Stephen Buckley (knee) uncertain for the season's start, Treyvon Green
could see more work than expected as Northwestern's starting running back.
Before Mark's transfer was announced Wednesday, a timeshare between him, Treyvon Green
and (eventually) Buckley seemed likely to minimize the value of all three players. With Mark gone, however, Green will have the chance to build on his impressive 2013 season, one where he totaled 736 yards (5.3 YPC) and eight touchdowns on 138 carries. Green isn't in the RB1/RB2 conversation in most formats, but he's looking like he'll be a viable RB3 in some cases.
Trayion Durham - questionable (Foot)
, RB, KENTST
News: Trayion Durham
could miss all of preseason camp after needing a second surgery on his right foot, according to Stephanie Storm of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Analysis: Trayion Durham
missed spring practice with the foot issue, and his status for the start of the season, and perhaps longer, has to be considered iffy. For now, Durham is draftable in MAC-only and very deep leagues.
Venric Mark - suspension (Suspension)
, RB, NWEST
News: Venric Mark
, who was suspended for the first two games of the season, has decided to leave the school, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Venric Mark
said that he is departing for personal reasons. "Northwestern has been an indescribable experience for me," Mark said. "It has been my home for four years, and has molded me into the man I am. I'm one class shy of the Northwestern degree I've worked so hard for, and I will graduate. I'm devastated to leave my second home, but life is full of challenges and I've been presented with another one. Right now this is what is best for me and my family."
News: Duke Johnson
dominated Miami's first scrimmage Wednesday, running for a 54-yard touchdown while adding another rush for 21 yards, and a 30 yard reception, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Analysis: Duke Johnson
has now officially proven his health after missing the final five games due to a broken ankle. His involvement in the passing game has been the talk of camp, and after catching just four passes a season ago, Johnson appears poised for a huge junior campaign.
Tyshon Dye - out (Achilles)
, RB, ECU
News: Tyshon Dye
, who tore his Achilles tendon in February, is out for at least another week and remains in a walking boot, the Anderson Independent Mail reports.
Analysis: Tyshon Dye
redshirted last season after back and ankle surgeries, and is facing an uphill battle for carries in a deep but unsettled Tigers' backfield.
News: Keith Harris Jr.
is back in the running back mix for the Huskies after missing time last season with an ankle injury, according to Huskie Wire.com.
Harris averaged 6.8 yards per carry over the first five games of last season before being injured. With Cameron Stingily (undisclosed) out for the first four games, he may become Akeem Daniels' primary backup.
New Mexico's Gongbay has Rape Charges Dropped
, RB, NMEX
News: Crusoe Gongbay
had his rape charges from an April incident dropped Wednesday, Yahoo Sports reports.
According to reports, Crusoe Gongbay
's reinstatement to the team will be up to Lobos' head coach Bob Davie and the athletic director. Gongbay was set up to be the Lobos' top rusher this year after his 591 yards rushing last season. If he is reinstated, it is likely the team will try to get him up to speed in order to see how he will fit in with this year's squad.
News: Jamaal Williams
has been named to the Doak Walker Award (best running back) Watch List, the Maxwell Award Watch List, and the College Football Performance Awards Running Backs Watch List.
Analysis: Jamaal Williams
, who will miss the opener due to violating team rules, ran for over 1,000 yards last year nad seven touchdowns, even while seeing his touches vary from game-to-game. Even in an offense with a renewed focus on the long ball, we look for a big season out of Williams after he returns.
News: Tavarreon Dickerson
is expected to contribute to the Tulsa offense, the Tulsa World reports.
Analysis: Tavarreon Dickerson
, who is back on the field after suffering a collarbone injury in the spring, is competing for the starting running back job. Even if Dickerson is not the starter, the coaching staff still expects him to factor into the offense this season.