Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor sets yet another NCAA rushing record


Another week, another record from one of the best running backs in the country — or of all-time, for that matter.

Last weekend, Jonathan Taylor broke former Georgia great Herschel Walker‘s record for most rushing yards through their junior season in FBS history.  In Wisconsin’s 45-24 win over Purdue earlier Saturday, Taylor ran for 222 yards on just 28 carries, making it 12 times he has broken the 200-yard barrier in a single game.

Those dozen 200-yard games break a tie with a trio of former collegiate greats — USC’s Marcus Allen, Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne, Texas’ Ricky Williams — for the most ever at the FBS level.

Taylor came into Week 13 second in the nation with 1,463 yards, behind only Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard and his 1,726.  Thus, entering the final weekend of the 2019 regular season, Hubbard is up on Taylor 1,827 to 1,685.

In less than three full seasons, Taylor has now rushed for 5,856 yards in his career as well.

Taylor, who ran for 1,977 yards as a true freshman and 2,194 last season, still has another game remaining in the regular season plus at least one in the postseason to add to his total this year.  If Taylor eschews the NFL draft and returns to school (unlikely), he could surpass the ex-Badger great, Dayne, as the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher (7,125 from 1996-99, including bowl games) even as the NCAA officially recognizes San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey (6,405) as its all-time leading rusher because the organization doesn’t recognize any statistics earned in bowl games played prior to 2002.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.