Ed Davis, Jim Mora and Samantha Ponder

Ed Davis, senior outside linebacker for Michigan State, will miss all of the 2015 season because of a knee injury sustained in the Spartans’ first full-pads practice Wednesday morning.  Davis will require surgery.

It’s less than a crippling blow but a significant loss for Michigan State.  Davis started 12 games at
strong side linebacker in 2014 and was fourth on the team in tackles with 58, including 12 for loss.
Coach Mark Dantonio, speaking in July at the Big Ten media days, had this to say about Davis:
“He may be as good a linebacker as we’ve had.  I’m talking about from sideline to sideline, the ability to slip blocks, the ability to get off blocks, the ability to pressure quarterbacks and make tackles.”

The Spartans will certainly miss the talented defender but have good depth at the linebacker position.  And they have time before the season starts to shuffle guys around to find what works best.
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U.C.L.A. head coach Jim Mora has donated an undisclosed amount of money toward a new football team training complex to be called the Wasserman Football Center.  The coaches’ outdoor terrace will be named in honor of Mora and his wife Shannon.

The school reported that Mora’s financial commitment represented “the largest donation by a sitting coach in U.C.L.A. history.”

Mora is 29-11 in three seasons in Los Angeles.  He has said over and over that he plans to stay with the Bruins despite annual rumors of him going elsewhere.  And he now his put his money where his mouth is!

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Samantha Ponder will no longer be reporting from the sidelines for ESPN’s Thursday Night Football, having voluntarily decided to step down.  It was a gig she’d held for three years.

Ponder wants to spend more time with her husband Christian and daughter Bowden, who was named after former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.

Christian Ponder, now of the Oakland Raiders, was the starting quarterback at Florida State from 2008 through 2010.

Samantha will still be seen on Fridays and Saturdays on ESPN’s CFBLive, Sportscenter and
College GameDay.

One-year-old baby Bowden’s nickname is Scout, taken from the Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which is Samantha’ favorite.

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