Truth & Rumors: Sept. 28, 2005
Posted: Wednesday September 28, 2005 11:15AM; Updated: Wednesday September 28, 2005 11:15AM
There was media speculation last week that Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson was unhappy with the play-calling and the direction of the program. The suggestion that he might quit the team created such a minor sensation that Peterson, who hasn't spoken often to reporters this season, felt compelled to deny the reports. "I get upset because I'm competitive," Peterson said. "But quit and walk off that team? That's loony."
Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis is happy that his players are unhappy. He doesn't want the 13th-ranked Fighting Irish (3-1) complacent after a 36-17 victory over Washington. The biggest concern for Weis is the Irish are giving up too many big plays. The good news, Weis said, is most of the plays didn't result from mental breakdowns. The bad news: Notre Dame players frequently were in position to make plays and didn't.
Expect several fingers to be pointed at LSU coach Les Miles for questionable in-game decisions. Perhaps most embarrassing, television replays captured Miles frantically signaling to use his final timeout following a fourth-quarter interception by LaRon Landry that put the Tigers near field goal/Hail Mary range with less than 20 seconds left. Of course, the clock stops after a change of possession, but officials still could have granted Miles' unnecessary timeout had an LSU assistant coach not pushed him put of the ref's view, preserving the Tigers final stoppage.
Hurricanes middle linebacker remains a big concern. Romeo Davis and Leon Williams are ''not playing as well as we hoped,'' coach Larry Coker said. 'I've heard the comment, `Where's Ray Lewis?' He's not here.''
There are indications Virginia All-America middle linebacker Ahmad Brooks could play for the first time this season during Saturday's game at Maryland.
Because of Junior Taylor's season-ending knee injury, UCLA will start Pacific 10 Conference play against Washington on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl with a group of unheralded receivers. But according to quarterback Drew Olson, UCLA's young receivers will be a factor because they're far from being finished products.
Redshirt freshman Antonio Heffner will start in place of pocket passer Blake Mitchell, who suffered a high ankle sprain when he was sacked late in the third quarter against Troy last week.
Quarterback Marcus Vick arrived at Virginia Tech in the enormous shadow of his older brother, former Hokies all-American and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. But in his first four college starts, Marcus Vick has outdone his famous brother.