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College football notebook: Stanford LT Little out for season

Stanford preseason All-American left tackle Walker Little won’t return this year because of season-ending surgery, coach David Shaw said Tuesday.

Little, a junior who has been considered a potential 2020 first-round NFL draft pick, suffered a reported leg injury in the season-opening victory against Northwestern and was initially thought to be out until midseason.

Little earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors last season as a sophomore. In 2017, he became the first true freshman to start at left tackle for Stanford since 2000.

Stanford plays at No. 17 UCF on Saturday, when quarterback K.J. Costello is expected to be available after missing last week’s 45-20 loss at Southern California because of a head injury, Shaw said.

–Arkansas is turning to grad transfer quarterback Nick Starkel to start Saturday against Colorado State.

Starkel, who played in 11 games over two seasons at Texas A&M before transferring, will replace Ben Hicks, a transfer from SMU. Starkel came off the bench in last Saturday’s 31-17 loss to Ole Miss, and completed 17 of 24 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown.

Hicks was 7 of 16 for 98 yards in the loss.

–Ole Miss linebacker MoMo Sanogo was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday on his right ankle, injured during Saturday’s win over Arkansas.

Coach Matt Luke said the junior was expected to miss about 10 weeks. If that timeline proves correct, Sanogo would return for the final game of the regular season in late November against Mississippi State.

Sanogo started all 12 games at linebacker in 2018 and was third in the SEC with 9.3 tackles per game and fifth in the conference in total tackles with 112.

–Kentucky linebacker Xavier Peters, who announced his transfer from Florida State in May, was ruled immediately eligible for the Wildcats.

Peters, a four-star recruit in the 2018 class, played in two games for the Seminoles as a true freshman, retaining his year of eligibility. He worked with Kentucky’s second-team defense in fall camp.

Kentucky (2-0) hosts No. 9 Florida this Saturday.

–Boise State and BYU have agreed to play 10 more times, starting in 2025. Boise State will host in odd-numbered years, and BYU will host in even-numbered years through 2034.

The teams’ current series ends in 2023.

–Field Level Media

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