Tebow's backup will play

John Brantley 's two seasons with the Florida Gators have been more about signaling in plays from the sideline than calling them in the huddle.


And he's OK with it.

Brantley knows his time is coming.

Although the 6-foot-3, 217-pound sophomore from nearby Ocala is stuck behind 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow on the depth chart, he is expected to get the first significant playing time of his career when the defending national champion Gators holds their spring game today in Gainesville, Fla.

It could be considered a glimpse into Florida's future.

"He'll play a lot, and he needs it more than anybody," coach Urban Meyer said.

ARKANSAS: The Razorbacks will play their home games on artificial turf next fall, athletic officials announced Friday.

Private donations will pay for the $1.1 million project, to be carried out by contractor Kinco Constructors, according to a news release from the school. Kinco will work with school officials to select a turf manufacturer, the release said.

AUBURN: Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle get one more chance to gain an edge in the Tigers' quarterback competition.

The two will also help put offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn 's newly installed offense on display in today's spring game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Head coach Gene Chizik 's first spring game will have a different look than before.

The defense will be able to score points with turnovers, stops and big plays. The offense scores with extended drives and big plays as well as touchdowns and field goals.

OKLAHOMA STATE: A Payne County judge has ordered a suspended Cowboys football player to stand trial for felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

Special Judge Phillip C. Corley denied a motion on Friday by Bo Bowling 's attorney to suppress evidence found by Stillwater police at his residence Feb. 8.

Prosecutors charged Bowling with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He has pleaded not guilty.



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