Baylor wide receivers avoid suspensions after arrests
Starting wide receiver Josh Gordon, along with backup tight end Willie Jefferson, were arrested a week ago Sunday at 2:00 a.m. in Waco. The pair were passed out in the drive-through of a Taco Bell. Police found marijuana in the vehicle, and both were charged with misdemeanor possession.
Gordon, with team highs of 14 catches for 327 yards and four touchdowns, along with Jefferson, were punished “internally”, according to a spokesman for Baylor. “It’s all going to be handled internally,” said the spokesman late last week. “(Head coach Art) Briles may have already made that decision.”
Was Gordon suspended, even for one game?
Against Texas Tech this past weekend, Gordon had five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Willie Jefferson did not play.
Guess Jefferson served the suspension for both players…
Brian Lockridge out
Junior running back Brian Lockridge didn’t play last weekend due to a sprained ankle. Now it turns out it may be much more.
Lockridge underwent an MRI, which showed a possible muscle tear. The injury may respond to treatment, but it is possible that Lockridge may have to undergo surgery.
“I really don’t know. I’m 50-50,” said Lockridge. “I talked to a doctor and it’s not looking too good … It could be (a fracture) or a muscle tear. So, we’re just going to see if we can get by with that, and hopefully it won’t end my season.”
Lockridge had the first 100-yard game of his career against Hawai’i. The junior has accumulated 146 yards rushing, 33 yards receiving, and 218 yards on kickoff returns. Having played in four games, he is not eligible for a medical red-shirt even if he does not play in another game.
In Lockridge’s place, red-shirt freshman Quentin Hildreth becomes Rodney Stewart’s primary backup. Hildreth played in the game against Missouri, but did not have a carry in the game.
The only other running back to have a carry so far this year is true freshman Justin Torres, who left the team last week. Three other true freshman running backs are on the roster: Tony Jones, Trea Jones, and Cordary Clark.
It was assumed that all three of these players were destined to red-shirt. Now, one or more of them may see action in 2010 if Brian Lockridge is lost for the year.
Texas Tech does suspend players …
While Baylor handles the arrest of its players “internally”, Texas Tech has suspended a player for the remainder of the season.
Junior defensive end Scott Smith was suspended for the rest of 2010, head coach Tommy Tuberville announced Monday. The suspension is for a violation of team rules, though Tuberville refused to elaborate.
“He made a mistake, but he’ll pay for it, and he’ll be out the rest of the season,” said Tuberville. “He’ll be able to practice and go through practices, and continue to learn.”
Smith played in the first four games of the season, and started against Iowa State. The 6′6″, 266-pound junior had 14 tackles in the first four games, including four for loss and three sacks. Smith also had an interception.
Buffs not ready for primetime
The Colorado/Texas Tech game will kickoff at 1:30 p.m. next Saturday, and will not be televised.
Better Big 12 television options? Nebraska at Oklahoma State certainly will be a higher-profile matchup next week, as will Oklahoma at Missouri. But Iowa State at Texas? Kansas State at Baylor? Texas A&M at Kansas?
How far the Buffs have fallen…