Josh Doctson Breaks Hand

Josh Doctson against Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)
Josh Doctson against Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)

Josh Doctson Breaks Hand

TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson will miss the remainder of spring practice due to a broken according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The injury occurred in practice on Tuesday and Doctson will need surgery to fix the broken bone. He is expected to be 100% by the start of fall practice.

“Josh will be good,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “Josh had had good practices. But you can’t catch with a cast on your hand.”

Doctson had a monster year in 2014 as the top receiver for TCU. He had 65 catches for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns. Doctson was also the leading receiver in 2013, but with much smaller numbers. He had 36 catches for 440 yards and 4 touchdowns.

It was also reported that quarterback Trevone Boykin will miss the final week of spring practices to rest his injured wrist. TCU will want their top quarterback healthy in addition to Doctson. Boykin went 301 of 492 for 3,901 yards with 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for 707 yards and 8 touchdowns.

TCU’s spring practice will end on April 10.

BYU And Mississippi State To Play In 2016 And 2017

BYU will be playing a home game against Mississippi State in 2016 (Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images North America)
BYU will be playing a home game against Mississippi State in 2016 (Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images North America)

BYU And Mississippi State To Play In 2016 And 2017

The BYU Cougars and Mississippi State Bulldogs have agreed to play a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017.

The first game will be Mississippi State at BYU on October 15, 2017 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. The second game of the series will be BYU at Mississippi State on October 14, 2017 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi.

“It’s a great opportunity for our football team to play a very good SEC program,” said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe. “It’s been more than a decade since we played Mississippi State, and we are excited to have them back on our schedule. Visiting Starkville will be a great experience for our football program and our fans, and we look forward to hosting the Bulldogs in Provo.”

BYU and Mississippi State have played twice before in 2000 and 2001. Mississippi State won 44-28 in 2000 on the road while BYU returned the favor a year later with a 41-38 win on the road.

The SEC announced on Thursday that Notre Dame, BYU, and Army will all count towards the “power conference scheduling” requirement. The requirement is that all SEC teams must schedule one power conference team per year beginning with the 2016 season. It is hard to comprehend that Army is considered a “power team” given their struggles in football over the last few decades.

It looks like Army will probably getting quite a few phone calls to have them around SEC country beginning in 2016.

2015 Spiral Stakes Preview

2015 Spiral Stakes Preview

The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues on Saturday with the Grade 3 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes. From this point forward, the race will be referred to as the Spiral Stakes to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome from setting in.

A field of 12 horses was drawn for the Spiral Stakes, but #6 Imperia will be scratched per trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. That still leaves a solid field of 11 three year olds going one mile and one eighth on Turfway’s synthetic track for a purse of $550,000.

The horses are also running for up to 50 points towards the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard to ensure their spot in the Kentucky Derby. The winner will receive 50 points, the second place finisher will receive 20 points, third place will receive 10 points, and fourth place will receive 5 points.

Post time for the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes is scheduled for 6:28 PM Eastern Time on Saturday and is the 11th of 12 races on the program. Free past performances for the Spiral Stakes can be found here.

1. Royal Son (7-2 Morning Line) – This son of Tiznow was impressive in the local prep race for the Spiral Stakes. The blinkers were put on and he had no trouble going gate-to-wire to win by 5 1/4 in the John Battaglia Memorial. The pace will be hotter in this race, but his rail slot gives him a chance to control how fast it goes. Definitely has a chance here.

2. Big Family (30-1 ML) – He has made his first four starts in Florida. He won his debut at Gulfstream Park West in November by 6 1/4 lengths. He subsequently was entered in back-to-back stakes races, but failed to make much impact in either race, but did finish third in the Hutcheson (second of the two races). His last race was an optional claimer where he was second by 12 lengths to the now injured Khozan. He is going to need to step up big time to have a chance here.

3. Watchyourownbobber (20-1 ML) – This guy began his career at Arlington Park with a fourth place finish before moving to turf for his next four races. He finished third and fourth in his next two races in Kentucky before breaking his maiden in his fourth race at Gulfstream by three-quarters of a length. He was claimed out of that race and subsequently made it back-to-back wins. He figures to be part of the pace scenario given that he won his two races on the front end. He may hang around for third or fourth if the pace is slow enough.

4. Wireless Future (12-1 ML) – He started his career at Churchill with a sixth place finish before moving to the Fair Grounds and the turf course. He was third next out followed by a maiden breaking score in his third race. He made it back-to-back wins with another score on turf in an optional claimer $50,000. Last out his race was taken off the turf, but he had no trouble winning by 7 lengths to make it three straight wins. If he can rate in this race, he could add value to the underneath exotics in this race.

5. Another Lemon Drop (6-1 ML) – He opened with back-to-back starts on turf with a fourth place and a win in his second start. A move to dirt in his next three produced mixed results: a third in an optional claimer, a win in an optional claimer over a sloppy track, and an even fourth place finish in the Grade 3 Lecomte at the Fair Grounds. A move back to turf las time produced a second place finish by half a length in the Black Gold Stakes. He is certainly interesting given his turf performances and could make some noise here.

6. Imperia (4-1 ML) – Scratched.

7. Magic of Believing (20-1 ML) – It took him five starts to break his maiden, but he did so at Oaklawn Park going a mile and a sixteenth. Last time out in an Allowance non-winners of two race, he made a strong rally in the lane to win by a head and make it two straight wins. He will need to make a substantial leap forward to challenge in this spot.

8. Task Force Glory (30-1 ML) – He needed five starts on turf before he won his first race, but he also had three second place finishes in his first four starts. After breaking his maiden he was third in an allowance race at Gulfstream and most recently ran sixth in the John Battaglia Memorial here at Turfway. He will need a lot to break his way to win the Spiral Stakes.

9. Conquest Typhoon (5-1 ML) – Here is one of the more battle tested horses in the race. He made his debut at Woodbine in a stakes race where he finished second by a length and a half. He finished second in his second race before breaking his maiden in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths in his third race. He later ran in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and finished fourth before capturing a Grade 3 at Del Mar. His last race was the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate where he finished third by 2 3/4 lengths as the 9/5 favorite. That race came off a two and a half month layoff and he should be ready to roll here.

10. Firespike (20-1 ML) – Yet another exiting the John Battaglia Memorial, he finished fifth beaten 21 lengths. Prior to that race he won two stakes races down in Florida at the Ocala Training Center and Gulfstream Park West. He needs a better effort to hit the board here.

11. Metaboss (4-1 ML) – One of the favorites in the Spiral Stakes, he has shown immense promise since going two turns. He finished third in his debut down the hill at Santa Anita and then was fourth in an off the turf stakes race at Santa Anita. His first start around two turns at Del Mar resulted in a second place finish before breaking his maiden going a mile and an eighth at Santa Anita. His last race was the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby where he swung out wide and roared past his foes to win by 2 1/2 lengths. A similar setup seems likely here and he will be rolling late.

12. Dubai Sky (8-1 ML) – He began his career at Saratoga with a third place finish by 4 3/4 lengths at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. He followed that up with a one length victory at Belmont before getting a 3 month break. He came off the bench to win by 2 lengths at Gulfstream in an optional claimer and then made it three wins in a row with a victory by a head in the Kittens Joy at Gulfstream. That race was nearly 2 months ago, but there is clearly talent for him when right. Tough to ignore here.

Selections

For the most part, this race appears to favor the favorites. #11 Metaboss will get a good setup with some speed ahead of him while #12 Dubai Sky is clearly talented and dangerous at 8-1 on the morning line. #1 Royal Son will be able to get the lead from the rail, but do not discount #9 Conquest Typhoon in his second start off the layoff. #5 Another Lemon Drop is interesting here and #4 Wireless Future could add some value to the exotics.

1. Metaboss

2. Dubai Sky

3. Conquest Typhoon

4. Wireless Future

Come back on Saturday evening for a recap of the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes.