Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette is recovering from a concussion and is questionable for the Commodores' first road game this season at Kentucky.
"You have to always err on making sure your guy is ready to go," Coach Derek Mason said Tuesday. "Nowadays, with what that position means to you, you need a guy, especially playing in the SEC, that can play at 100 percent. Playing at 85 percent just isn't good enough, and really when you are talking about concussions you need to be fully passed."
Vandy (1-3, 0-2) was up 14-0 with Robinette starting against then-No. 14 South Carolina, and he apparently got hurt at the end of a 10-yard run just before throwing a touchdown pass last week. Freshman Wade Freebeck replaced Robinette and would start if the redshirt sophomore isn't cleared.
"He looked good when I saw him (Monday) and I talked to him this morning, but that's not up to me," Mason said. "We'll see what the doctors say about that."
Robinette also apparently was hurt after starting the opener, missed a game and came off the bench in the Commodores' lone win this season on Sept. 13.
Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops and his coaches are familiar with Freebeck from high school in Davie, Fla.
"He's going to be a special player," Stoops said.
Big week for the Big 10
The Big Ten is coming off its best week of non-conference play in six years, with wins in 12 of 13 games.
It followed the league's worst showing in non-conference play in 22 years, one in which Big Ten teams lost six of nine games and had college football analysts howling about the conference's lack of strength.
"Some weeks are going to be better than others," Nebraska's Bo Pelini said. "I think there is a lot of parity and good football teams out there, and it's hard to bring it week to week. I think all the stuff of people making judgments on anybody — on any team, any conference — after two or three weeks is ludicrous."
Around the nation
Alabama: A statistical correction by Alabama has given quarterback Blake Sims 27 more yards and the school's single-game record for total offense.
Alabama had initially given Sims a 30-yard loss after Florida defensive end Dante Fowler returned his second-quarter fumble 27 yards. It now goes down as minus-3 yards.
That moves Sims from a tie with Scott Hunter for the single-game record of 457 yards total offense set against Auburn in 1969. Sims now has 484.
Texas A&M: A cadet at the school is being lauded for throwing himself in front of an out-of-bounds player who was hurtling toward the school's collie mascot during last weekend's game.
Sophomore Ryan Kreider deflected Southern Methodist University receiver Der'rikk Thompson away from Reveille VIII during A&M's 58-6 win Saturday. Kreider said Monday he was just doing his job to protect the 8-year-old dog.
Brig. Gen. Joe Ramirez Jr., the commandant of the Corps, later offered to pay for Kreider's pricey custom-made senior boots, a school footwear tradition.
The average cost for the boots, with tax, is $1,326.
Notre Dame: Coach Brian Kelly says five players being withheld from practices and games because of possible academic dishonesty should have their honor code hearings completed by the end of next week.
Kelly was asked if he thinks the players have essentially been found guilty of academic misconduct since they will miss a quarter of the season no matter what happens. He said he didn't have enough information to comment.
Texas: Coach Charlie Strong has dismissed former starting offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle for a violation of team rules.
Estelle started the Longhorns' first game, a 38-7 win over North Texas, but was suspended soon after and hadn't played since, missing losses to BYU and UCLA. He is the ninth player dismissed in Strong's first season.
Mississippi State: Starting center Dillon Day has been suspended one game by the Southeastern Conference for "multiple flagrant and unsportsmanlike acts" during Saturday's 34-29 win over LSU.
Day was shown on camera stepping on LSU's Davon Godchaux and Rashard Robinson on separate plays. He was not penalized on either play.
The SEC's announcement also said the league took into account previous disciplinary action for similar behavior. Day was suspended for the first half of a game last season after stepping on an Auburn player.
Day posted a statement on Twitter on Monday addressing the LSU incidents, saying he did not intentionally try to cause harm.
Florida State: Starting nose tackle Niles Lawrence-Stample is out for the season after tearing a pectoral muscle. He will undergo surgery after playing through the injury during the win against Clemson last weekend.