Report: Phillip Ely considering transfer from Alabama

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In April of last year, Phillip Sims opted to transfer out of the Alabama football program thanks to AJ McCarron holding a firm grip on the starting quarterback job.

Nine months later, and with McCarron continuing to build on a legacy that includes two straight BCS titles, another Phillip at the position is apparently looking to pull a Sims as well.

According to Josh Newberg of 247Sports.com, Phillip Ely is exploring the possibility of as transfer.  Specifically, Newberg reports, Ely is looking at USF as a potential future destination.

If Ely were to transfer to another FBS school, he would be forced to sit out the 2013 season.  He would then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.

Neither of the schools, obviously, will respond to the rumored development.

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2011, Ely played in six games last season.  He completed three-of-four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in very limited duty.  Ely was listed as the No. 2 QB the first three weeks of the season, but after that was listed as the co-backup along with redshirt sophomore Blake Sims, who attempted 10 passes in limited action.

Not only is McCarron firmly entrenched as the starter for another season, and Sims inching ahead in the backup battle, the Tide is bringing in two quarterbacks as part of their 2013 recruiting class.  Included in that mini-group is Cooper Bateman, a four-star prospect who is the No. 11 pro-style QB in the country and the No. 1 player in the state of Utah.

Ely was a three-star member of the Tide’s 2011 recruiting class, rated by Rivals.com as the No. 20 pro-style QB coming out of high school in Tampa, Fla.

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.