MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota to enter Big 10 without lead receiver Chris Othman-Bellan outstanding sixth year to have surgery on his right leg at the end of the season.
The invincible Gophers are used to this kind of failure.
“Not if it happens to you. This is when and for whom, ”said the coach. PJ Fleck said after the announcement of the news.
Othman-Bell was injured in Minnesota’s 49-7 win over Colorado on Saturday when he landed badly trying to catch an off-target shot in the second quarter. He clutched his leg in pain, needed help to leave the field, and was sent to the hospital for further examination.
“Your heart breaks because of him because he worked incredibly hard,” Fleck said. “He reacted as if someone responded with really hard news, but it didn’t take long for him to wipe those tears away. His thoughts were already occupied with what he was going to do, what to achieve and where to return from.
The procedure will take place on Wednesday. Fleck did not elaborate on the diagnosis, except to describe an injury to Othman-Bell’s lower leg. The Gophers will apply to the NCAA for a medical redshirt that would allow him to return for a seventh season if he so desires.
Last year they lost a star running back Mohamed Ibrahim in the first game until the end of 2021 due to an Achilles tendon rupture. Since then, Ibrahim’s attitude and determination have inspired the team, and his decision to return for a sixth season influenced Othman-Bell, the quarterback. Tanner Morgan and center John Michael Schmitz do the same thing.
Outman-Bell retweeted a poignant, year-old post from Ibrahim shortly after his injury, asking, “What if everything you’re going through prepares you for what you asked for?”
Ibrahim is tied for second in FBS with 464 yards and first with seven touchdowns for the Gophers (3-0), who play in Michigan State (2-1) on Saturday.
Othman-Bell, a native of Kankakee, Illinois, was in Fleck’s first recruiting class in Minnesota after he backed out of his commitment and followed him from Western Michigan. The first year, he wore a red shirt. The 2020 season did not count for anyone due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With 1970 career receiving yards, Oatman-Bell ranks ninth in program history. He caught a 39-yard touchdown pass against Colorado before suffering an injury. The team’s leading returning receiver since 2021, when he had 36 catches for 506 yards and six touchdowns, Oatman-Bell has again become Morgan’s favorite target.
The young players around him in this position have developed to the point that the depth should not fall so sharply, with Michael Brown-Stevens, Dylan Wright and Daniel Jackson is next in line. tight end Brevin Spann Ford will probably also increase his role in passing.
“If it happens maybe three or four years ago, maybe it will have a different vibe,” Fleck said. “But there are a lot of guys who can make a ton of games.”
Coach Perdue Jeff Brom seen enough.
He wants everyone in the Boilermakers program to stop arguing with referees and opposing players, starting with himself.
After apologizing to his players for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he inflicted in the last minute of a shocking Syracuse loss, Brom went public with his criticism during his weekly press conference.
“We can’t get more than 15-yard penalties, including me, including side warnings and on the field,” he said. “We just have to be very, very right, keep our mouths shut, coach and play football.”
tight end Payne Durham caught a touchdown pass and gave the Boilermakers the lead with 51 seconds left. The fifth-year senior then drew a 15-yard penalty as a pushing and screaming bout erupted after trying for an extra point. Brom said he asked the umpire to explain himself and was called out for another unsportsmanlike behavior that caused Purdue (1-2, 0-1 Big Ten) to start the game from his 10-yard line.
Syracuse then took advantage of a good position on the field and two penalties in defence, a delay near midfield and a delay in a pass, which secured the winning score.
“Mine was stupid at the end,” Durham said after a last-minute 50-yard penalty lead to a 32–29 loss. “This is something I shouldn’t do. The guy tried to get revenge from me, and it worked. I said one thing to him in response and the referee threw the flag.”
Brom admitted that he did not agree with all the calls, and certainly not with some of the ones that were called in these last seconds, and contacted the Big Ten office to express his concerns. A personal foul in the third quarter also helped the Syracuse score their first touchdown, and a first-half penalty wiped out a first-half interception.
“We had 9 misses for 92 yards against Penn State. Against Syracuse, 13 out of 138,” Brom said. “Against good football teams like Penn State and Syracuse on the road, you can’t win those games. These are the main things we need to work on and that starts with me. I have to do my job better, much better.”
The first chance to see if the Boilermakers can prove that Brom can turn his words into action comes against Florida Atlantic (2-2, 1-0 Conference USA).
“Football is a tough, physical and emotional game and we have to keep our emotions in check no matter what happens,” Brom said. “If you look at our team last year, we averaged 4.4 penalties for 43 yards a game. That’s probably why we won nine games, just like that. The chatter must stop.”
ROLEY, North Carolina. Texas Tech linebacker Bryce Ramirez remained in the hospital a day after suffering a horrific left leg injury in the Red Raiders’ loss in 12th-seeded North Carolina State.
Sports medicine staff from Texas Tech were with Ramirez at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will remain with the fourth year until he can safely return to Lubbock.
Ramirez broke his left shin in the first half when he grabbed a pack of wolves running backwards. Jordan Houston. The heap rolled over Ramirez’s leg, which hit the lawn. He bent below the knee and twisted abnormally as he lay on the grass.
The coaches covered his leg with a towel when they began to treat him on the field, but did not show a replay of the injury. The game was stopped for approximately 10 minutes before Ramirez was put on a motorized cart and then taken to the hospital.
In a tweet from his personal account, Ramirez thanked Texas Tech fans for their support and ended his message with a red heart and then black, the school’s primary colors.
“I appreciate all of you guys for all the prayers, love and support!!! I love you Red Raider Nation!!!” Ramirez tweeted.