Updated Monday, August 29, 12:15 PM ET
Montel Harris, RB, Boston College
A surprise knee surgery has pushed the Eagles starting tailback to the bench for at least the first week of action. Andre Williams, who is battling his own ankle issue, is expected to get the bulk of the carries against Northwestern. Harris could return in Week Two when BC heads to UCF.
Chris Polk, RB, Washington
After knee surgery a few weeks ago, Polk is still doubtful for the season opener against Eastern Washington. He is expected to be slowed for the start of the season, regardless of when he debuts, but should be 100% by the time conference play begins.
Jacory Harris and Robert Morris, QB, Miami
The U is still awaiting word from the NCAA on the status of Harris for the opener against Maryland on Labor Day night. Morris was close to winning the job outright before the Nevin Shaprio scandal broke, so it would not be a surprise at all to see Morris win the job even if Harris is deemed eligible.
Jarrett Lee, QB, LSU
With the suspension of Jordan Jefferson, Lee has been named the starter for one of this weekend's biggest games: Oregon vs. LSU in Arlington. Lee is no stranger to the starting line-up as he got plenty of snaps as a freshman and was called upon to make key throws last fall.
Garrett Gilbert, et al, QB, Texas
Expect Mack Brown, Major Applewhite and Bryan Harsin to name a starter as early as Monday. Gilbert will be the heavy favorite to at least start the season under center.
Casey Pachall, QB, TCU
Two weeks ago, the man responsible for replacing the legendary Andy Dalton had an MRI done on his throwing shoulder. Nothing serious was found and Pachall appears to be ready to go for this weekend's trip to Waco. TCU beat the Bears 45-10 last fall.
Jordan Hall and Jamaal Berry, RB, Ohio State
Berry has been dealing with a small hamstring issue and could see his potential starting job go to Hall. Even if Berry is 100% by Saturday for the Akron opener, Hall should see significant time. Look for the speedy Berry and brusing Hall to get the bulk of the carries over the first five weeks while Buckeye fans wait for the return of Boom Herron.
Silas Redd, RB, Penn State
The talented Nittany Lion runner has been dealing with a "minor leg injury" over the last week and back-up Brandon Beachum has been seeing more reps in practice. The injury is not supposed to be serious, but Redd will likely not be needed past halftime against Indiana State.
Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern
No shock here as Pat Fitzgerald has named Persa as his starter for the Boston College game. Persa has been dealing with the recovery from a torn Achilles' tendon. His mobility might not be 100%, but his arm should be fine.
Savon Huggins and De'Antwaun Williams, RB, Rutgers
The highly-touted true freshman, Huggins, has been named a co-starter with Williams for the Scarlet Knights opener against North Carolina Central. Huggins has all the raw talent in the world to be one of the nation's leading freshman rushers and could easily steal the job from Williams permanently.
Michael Shaw, RB, Michigan
All signs point to Brady Hoke using the senior tailback as his starter in his Maize and Blue debut against Western Michigan this weekend. Hoke's more traditional pro-sets on offense (as compared to Rich Rodriguez' spread tendancies) depend on a power rushing game and it still remains to be seen if the 6-0, 195-pounder can handle the work load.
Kevin Prince, QB, UCLA
According to CBSSports.com, Prince looks like he will earn the starting quarterback spot for the UCLA Bruins. It appears he has beaten out Richard Brehaut and will be under center when the Bruins head to Houston for the season opener.
Caleb Terbush, QB, Purdue
The snake-bitten Boilermakers appear to be closer to naming a starting QB after losing Rob Henry to an ACL tear last week. Robert Marve doesn't look to be fully recovered from his own ACL issue and TerBush will likely be under center when Middle Tennessee comes to town this weekend.
Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn
After missing the better part of the last two weeks due to an undisclosed injury, it appears that the super sophomore is ready for the 2011 season. The Tigers take on Utah State at home this weekend.
Demarius Johnson, WR, Tulsa
The talented do-everything play-maker has been suspended indefinitely due to embezzlement charges.
Tarean Austin, QB, New Mexico
Mike Locksley has named Austin as his starting quarterback for the season opener against Colorado State. Back-up B.R. Holbrook could still see some time this fall.
Darius Bright, WR, Hawaii
Potential No. 2 receiver has been suspended indefinitely following a third-degree assault charge stemming from a Waikiki nightclub incident Sunday morning.
Pat Shed, RB, UAB
The Blazers' back is scheduled to miss the opener against Florida and Darrin Reaves looks to be the starter.