Injuries mounting for Wolfpack, Blue Devils

State defensive end Jeff Rieskamp and Duke running back Desmond Scott to sit out

J.P. GiglioSeptember 9, 2011 

— N.C. State defensive end Jeff Rieskamp is questionable for Saturday's game at Wake Forest with a shoulder injury, according to the injury report released by the school on Thursday.

The Wolfpack will already be without defensive tackles J.R. Sweezy and Thomas Teal, both due to foot injuries, in its ACC opener in Winston-Salem.

McKay Frandsen or Art Norman would start in Rieskamp's place. Rieskamp had two tackles and forced a fumble in State's 43-21 season-opening win over Liberty last Saturday.

Duke: Junior running back Desmond Scott will miss Saturday's game against No. 6 Stanford with a leg injury.

The former Durham Hillside High standout was hurt in the team's season opener against Richmond and left the field on crutches. Scott, the Blue Devils' primary back last season, rushed 11 times for 80 yards and a 29-yard touchdown against Richmond.

Sophomore Josh Snead missed the first game because of a foot injury suffered in a scrimmage and is also listed as "out" for Saturday's game.

Sophomore Juwan Thompson is listed as probable.

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Elsewhere

Arizona: Juron Criner, the Pac-10's top receiver last season, missed Thursday's game against No. 9 Oklahoma State after having his appendix removed earlier in the week.

A team spokesman said it's unclear when he'll be able to return.

Boston College: The Eagles' football team will wear helmet stickers on Saturday against Central Florida to honor a former BC lacrosse player who died while helping usher others to safety during the Sept. 11 attacks.

The stickers will feature a red bandanna in the memory of Welles Crowther, an equity trader who died in the south tower. Those the 1999 BC graduate helped rescue said he was wearing one on Sept. 11.

More than 5,900 people have vowed to wear red bandannas to the game.

The school is planning another tribute at home against Duke the following week.

Florida: Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd must sit out another game and make arrangements to pay about $2,700 to charity before he is eligible to compete again.

The NCAA's student-athlete reinstatement staff handed down its decision Thursday. Floyd sat out Florida's season opener last week and will do the same Saturday night against UAB.

Louisiana State: Officials say suspended receiver Russell Shepard will be eligible to return for the Tigers' fourth game of the season at West Virginia.

Shepard, a starter, was suspended before LSU's season opener against Oregon for breaking an NCAA rule that bars discussing ongoing investigations with teammates.

LSU plays on Saturday against Northwestern State. Associated Press

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