College Football Notebook: Tigers, Deacs take honors
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GREENSBORO ó Clemson’s C.J. Spiller and Thomas Austin earned weekly honors from the ACC after leading the Tigers past Boston College last weekend.
Spiller was named the league’s offensive back of the week after making six catches for 105 yards, rushing for 55 yards and returning a kickoff 64 yards. Austin was offensive lineman of the week.
Wake Forest had three winners. Boo Robinson shared defensive lineman honors with Georgia Tech’s Michael Johnson, while Alphonso Smith was named defensive back of the week after snagging the interception in overtime to beat Duke. In addition, placekicker Shane Popham was named top specialist.
Miami quarterback Jacory Harris was named top rookie after leading the Hurricanes past Virginia at Charlottesville.
COLUMBIA, S.C. ó Clemson’s next home game with Duke will kickoff at noon on Nov. 15 and be telecasted by Raycom.
The ACC released the times and TV networks Monday for its league games the week of Nov. 15.
On Sunday, the league announced Clemson’s game at Florida State would start at 3:30 p.m. and be shown regionally by ABC.
ATLANTAó Georgia Tech senior offensive tackle Andrew Gardner is considering season-ending shoulder surgery, coach Paul Johnson said Monday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. ó South Carolina starting quarterback Stephen Garcia was back at practice and moving well after leaving Saturday’s game against Tennessee with a knee injury.
Garcia jogged off the practice field Monday night at a good clip. He said he felt fine, despite hyperextending his right knee in the 27-6 victory over the Volunteers.
Garcia was on the ground grimacing after throwing a third-quarter interception. He walked stiffly after the game. But he had an MRI on Sunday that did not reveal anything more serious.
COLUMBIA, S.C. ó Benedict football coach Stanley Conner is recovering after his apparent heart attack during a game against Kentucky State.
Conner was in good condition, Providence Hospitals spokeswoman Megan Wright said Monday. His vital signs are stable and within normal ranges, and he is conscious and comfortable.
The coach began feeling ill just before halftime of Saturday’s home game and was taken to the locker room and then to the hospital. Assistant Brian Wajert coached the team in the second half of Benedict’s 42-35 victory.
AUSTIN, Texas ó Colt McCoy lifted his upper lip to show what had caused him to spit blood in Texas’ loss to Texas Tech. On a hit in the third quarter, the little piece of skin that connects it to the gum had been ripped.
When the Longhorns quarterback went to the sideline, a team trainer slipped a pair of tweezers in his mouth, grabbed the dangling skin and pulled it out with quick tug.
“I don’t think it really does anything anyway,” McCoy said Monday.
McCoy’s bloody mouth was an example of just how painful the Longhorns’ 39-33 loss to the Red Raiders was Saturday night.
The defeat not only knocked Texas from No. 1 to No. 5, it also left the Longhorns a game behind Texas Tech in the Big 12 South division. Texas (8-1, 4-1) must not only win its last three games against Baylor, Kansas and Texas A&M, it also needs the Red Raiders to lose one or two games just to have a chance to get to the Big 12 championship game.
TOLEDO, Ohio ó Tom Amstutz will resign after the season as the football coach of Toledo, which is heading for a third straight losing year.
Toledo is 2-6, although one of its victories came against Michigan. The Rockets have lost two in a row since beating the Wolverines.
Amstutz is 57-38 in eight years at Toledo.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. ó Florida defensive tackle Troy Epps will miss the rest of the season following surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.