Week 6 of college football saw some great games, but also some unfortunate series of events. Injury to any player is never good, as multiple stars were sidelined this weekend.
Headlining this list is Syracuse junior safety Andre Cisco. Cisco suffered a lower-body injury on a collision with a teammate in practice two weeks ago. Syracuse’s head coach Dino Babers announced to the media that Cisco would miss the remainder of the season on Monday. Down in Texas, SMU lost two of its offensive stars on Saturday. Wide receiver Reggie Roberson Jr. injured his left knee and will need season-ending surgery. Additionally, running back TJ McDaniel also suffered a lower-leg injury and will miss the rest of the season.
Losing Cisco is a massive blow for Syracuse. The Orange have struggled to start the season and will now be without their best player for the rest of the season. The Preseason All-American was off to a great start in 2020. Although he only played in two games, Cisco logged 11 tackles, one interception, and did not allow a touchdown. Syracuse will now have to turn to Ifeatu Melifonwu to fill the missing void that is Andre Cisco. Unfortunately, the game against Pittsburgh may very well be the last game Cisco plays for the Orange. He is currently ranked as my number four safety for the 2021 NFL Draft class and had generated first-round buzz during the offseason. In all likelihood, Cisco will be playing on Sundays next year so long as he suffers no injury setbacks.
For SMU, losing Reggie Roberson Jr. and TJ McDaniel is a terrible development, as they were undoubtedly performing like the best two players on the offense. Roberson was pacing all Mustang receivers with 22 receptions for 474 yards and five touchdowns. Roberson opens the field so well for quarterback Shane Buechele and is exceptional at hauling in the deep ball. This was the senior’s final season. Unless he can redshirt, Roberson will be off to the NFL next year. Roberson is ranked as the number 17 wide receiver on my board, so he was looking to be a 3rd-4th round pick before the injury.
TJ McDaniel was off to an incredible start to begin the season for the Mustangs. The sophomore had logged 60 carries for 297 yards and a touchdown in their first four games, albeit only logging one carry for four yards this past Saturday before exiting the game. The Mustangs will now have to lean on freshman running back Ulysses Bentley IV, who has also performed very well to start the season. SMU has somewhat of a favorable schedule to finish out the season. They may be able to maintain their undefeated record. However, this will not be easy without two solid offensive weapons.