If this was a game week, an injury to tailback Keith Marshall might send panic around Bulldog Nation.
Georgia opens it season in 12 days against Buffalo and Marshall’s college debut is among the most anticipated from this year’s freshmen class.
So when Marshall left practice Monday during a drill against scout teamers, it didn’t go unnoticed.
Todd Gurley said Marshall returned later.
Practice video shot by Dawgs247 showed that Marshall got up slowly after being knocked down by a scout team defender on a run in the full-pads practice. He was helped up. Marshall ended up being scratched off the interview request list by Georgia on Monday.
Coach Mark Richt didn’t comment on Marshall’s condition.
“You guys know more than I do,” Richt said when told Gurley had said Marshall returned. “We can talk about something besides injuries, that will be good.”
Marshall was the second tailback to go in the drill against the scout team after Ken Malcome. Gurley was the third tailback to get work. Richard Samuel was the No. 2 tailback in position drills earlier.
FLORIDA: Coming off its worst season in nearly 25 years, several of coach Will Muschamp’s assistant coaches got rewarded.
Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn signed a one-year extension that included an $80,000 bonus. His deal also includes another $80,000 retention bonus if he remains with the team on Jan. 31, 2014.
Linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin got a two-year extension and a $75,000 raise. Running backs coach Brian White signed a one-year extension and a $50,000 raise.
Defensive line coach Bryant Young’s contract, which expires after this season, was not extended. Tight ends coach Derek Lewis and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson signed one-year extensions, but did not get raises.
KENTUCKY: Coach Joker Phillips says sophomore Maxwell Smith has been named starting quarterback.
Smith started three games as a freshman after junior Morgan Newton suffered a shoulder surgery.
Newton will be second string.
TEXAS TECH: Dismissed linebacker Daniel Cobb from the team after he was arrested and charged with felony burglary.
Red Raiders spokesman Blayne Beal says Cobb was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
Cobb started seven games last season and made 70 tackles.
WAC DEMISE: The commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference says it has become apparent the league is “unlikely” to have enough football members to compete next season.
Jeff Hurd told The Denver Post the conference is now emphasizing simply having enough members to remain a Division I non-football league.
Hurd told the newspaper that in July “it became apparent that it was unlikely we could continue with football.”
The WAC still needs to add two to three new members for 2013 in order to have the seven required by the NCAA to be a Division I conference.
Hurd says the conference will do everything possible to avoid shutting down, but “There aren’t any obvious answers out there.”
The WAC now has seven football members, though five have plans to leave next year.