Golson concussed, but Kelly expects QB to be cleared for BYU


Golson concussed, but Kelly expects QB to be cleared for BYU

Everett Golson sustained a concussion on Saturday, but coach Brian Kelly doesn't expect the quarterback to miss next week's game against BYU. Kelly said Golson was still experiencing symptoms today, but team doctor James Moriarty told him he would expect Golson to be cleared to play this week.

"We really can't do anything with him physically until all of his symptoms have been cleared, and then there's the cognitive testing that has to take place," Kelly explained. "So our general protocol is we expect him tomorrow to be able to pass his cog test. If he does that, then we begin light exercise. If there's no recurrence of any headaches then we clear him.

"If he doesn't get cleared on Tuesday, then we repeat the process and we continue with it. So the only thing that would be at risk here would be if he's not cleared for Tuesday then he loses a lot of rep work on Tuesday. It doesn't mean, though, that he couldn't still be a starter for us if he practices Wednesday and Thursday."

The initial report was Golson's vision was blurred after he took a helmet-to-helmet hit late in Notre Dame's 20-13 overtime win over Stanford. "He wanted to get back in, and our medical personnel would not clear him."

While Kelly said Saturday he was "proud" of how Golson responded to adversity, he still turned the ball over three times. One was a fumbled snap Kelly said was "totally unacceptable," another directly resulted in points for Stanford and the third stopped what appeared to be a promising drive in the third quarter.

"Very concerned," Kelly said of those turnovers. "It's something that obviously we cannot continue to have. He's got to take better care of the football, and he's got to do it in practice, and he's got to be smarter."

If Golson isn't cleared, though, Tommy Rees will re-take the starting role he held for all but one game in 2011 -- although Kelly added Andrew Hendrix could be in the mix as well.

"Both of them could play," Kelly said. "I wouldn't rule it out. But we're probably putting too much on this. I'm really confident Everett will be cleared. "

Rees has relieved Golson twice this year for non-injury reasons, entering the final drive of Notre Dame's win over Purdue Sept. 8 and during the second quarter in the Irish's Sept. 22 win over Michigan.

Kelly also revealed the source of Golson's turf toe injury -- which was first reported by NBC's Alex Flanagan yesterday -- as stemming from the second quarter of Notre Dame's 41-3 win over Miami.

Hawkeyes receiver Matt VandeBerg out indefinitely with foot injury


Hawkeyes receiver Matt VandeBerg out indefinitely with foot injury

Iowa will be without its top receiver for the foreseeable future.

The Hawkeyes announced Tuesday that wideout Matt VandeBerg is out indefinitely after suffering a foot injury — reported Monday night to be a broken foot — in practice on Monday.

“It is unfortunate that Matt will miss some time due to his injury,” head coach Kirk Ferentz said in the announcement. “We know that Matt will work extremely hard to get back on the field as soon as possible. We feel confident that some of our younger receivers will step up in Matt’s absence.”

Iowa really can't afford to lose VandeBerg, who leads the team with 19 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns through four games. Only one other player has double-digit catches: tight end George Kittle. Jerminic Smith and Riley McCarron are the next wideouts on the team's receiving list but have combined for just 13 catches on the season.

In his career, VandeBerg has 108 receptions for 1,282 yards and eight touchdowns.

Badgers' Brevin Pritzl gets medical hardship from NCAA


Badgers' Brevin Pritzl gets medical hardship from NCAA

Wisconsin announced Monday that Brevin Pritzl received a medical-hardship waiver from the NCAA, giving him four remaining years of eligibility after he played in just one game for the Badgers as a freshman last season.

Pritzl was a highly ranked recruit for Wisconsin last year, rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 79 recruit in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.

After suffering a broken foot last season, Pritzl will return in 2016-17 along with most of the Badgers’ roster, including all five starters from a season ago, making them one of the favorites to win the Big Ten title.