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  • S Carolina opens practice with high expectations

    August 1, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina opened its first practice of fall camp Friday with a lot of expectations, but not a lot of superstars.It was a typical first practice for coach Steve Spurrier. He had something to complain about as both his centers bounced simple shotgun snaps to the quarterbacks. He also praised backup quarterback Connor Mitch, saying he must have practiced hard over the summer and listened to starter Dylan Thompson. And Spurrier had his typical first practice all-around assessment.

  • Malzahn: Marshall, Mincy won't start vs. Arkansas

    August 1, 2014

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and cornerback Jonathon Mincy won't start in the Tigers' opener against Arkansas, while starting guard Alex Kozan is out for the season.Coach Gus Malzahn made those announcements Friday after the defending Southeastern Conference champions finished their first practice of preseason camp. He didn't say how long Marshall or Mincy will remain on the bench against the Razorbacks on Aug. 30.

  • Clemson focus again on quarterbacks

    August 1, 2014

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson's focus at the start of fall camp is again on its quarterbacks, though for a different reason than the previous two seasons.Then it was seeing how far record-breaking passer Tajh Boyd could lead the Tigers. Now, it's about who will follow Boyd behind center and to see if he can keep Clemson's high-energy offense on the move.

  • Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell hurts knee again

    August 1, 2014

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell has endured another setback in his bid to rejoin the Bulldogs.Mitchell, who was regarded as the team's top receiver going into the 2013 season, underwent arthroscopic surgery after re-injuring his right knee running pass routes with teammates this week.

  • RB Melvin Gordon takes leading role at Wisconsin

    August 1, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Melvin Gordon jumped in front of the pack of running backs getting ready for a group picture to strike a muscular pose for the cameras.Wisconsin's star junior always seems like he's a couple steps ahead of the competition.A season of his expectations is nearly here for Gordon, the 1,600-yard rusher assuming a new role with the Badgers that has nothing to do with his exceptional ability to run the ball. It's time for Gordon to take on more of a leadership role in Madison.

  • UGa quarterback honors late friend Lutzenkirchen

    August 1, 2014

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason will never forget his last phone call with Philip Lutzenkirchen.Mason plans to remember his good friend throughout the season.While meeting with the media Friday before the start of preseason practice, Mason sported a ''43'' pin - Lutzenkirchen's number at Auburn. The former Tigers tight end was killed in a June 29 car accident.

  • Georgia coach Richt downplays off-field troubles

    August 1, 2014

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A series of arrests. Players kicked off the team. It's been a tumultuous offseason for the Georgia Bulldogs, raising questions about the way coach Mark Richt runs the program.Richt insists there are no major issues, just a few bad apples.

  • Ole Miss football looks to go from 'good to great'

    August 1, 2014

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Coach Hugh Freeze has just about mastered the self-effacing, aw-shucks attitude that has helped his Mississippi football program escape lofty expectations.There's too much talent on the Rebels' roster to avoid that now.Freeze said Friday at Ole Miss' annual media day that the goal is to compete in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.

  • Valentine: Huskers out to prove prediction wrong

    August 1, 2014

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's prideful football program goes into 2014 teetering on the edge of national relevance after 10 straight years with no fewer than four losses. Even in the Big Ten, the Cornhuskers are lumped in the second tier of championship contenders.

  • Alabama opens with QB battle, 3 suspended players

    August 1, 2014

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama opened preseason camp with a quarterback competition, several suspended players and a focus on rebounding from a pair of season-ending defeats.The Crimson Tide veterans hit the practice field Friday with starting nose guard Brandon Ivory, fellow defensive lineman Jarran Reed and linebacker Tim Williams suspended for violating team rules, but also with a prominent newcomer throwing passes.

  • Kelly: Quarterback competition isn't artificial

    August 1, 2014

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Coach Brian Kelly is heading into preseason workouts without knowing who will start at quarterback for Notre Dame, insisting it's not the foregone conclusion many believe.''I'm not playing a game where we're trying to create artificial competition within the ranks,'' he said at a news conference Friday. ''I think we have competition for that particular role to show itself. I think it can show itself. When it does, we'll be ready to make that declaration. It just hasn't shown itself yet.''

  • Pitt suspends DB Titus Howard for 2014 season

    August 1, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh sophomore defensive back Titus Howard has been suspended for the 2014 season by coach Paul Chryst.Chryst cited disciplinary reasons when handing out the suspension Friday.Howard played in 11 games as a freshman last year, finishing with 21 tackles and two pass breakups. Chryst said Howard, who is from Clairton, Pennsylvania, will remain with the program and can participate in practice.