South Carolina receiver sits out practice

COLUMBIA --- Junior receiver Alshon Jeffery, who set school records with 88 catches for 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns last season, missed South Carolina's opening practice on Wednesday night after being involved in a car accident on Tuesday.


Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Jeffery suffered some whiplash and had a sore back, but he is expected back in a couple of days.

 A couple of thousand fans decked out in garnet and black lined the Bluff Road practice field across from Williams-Brice Stadium on a hot, muggy night to watch a spirited two-hour workout.

"It was a pretty nice practice," Spurrier said. "All of the coaches were really noticing the difference in our team speed. It was noticeable that our guys are faster than they've been before."

The Gamecocks have nearly all of their starters back on both sides of the ball, plus the nation's top recruit in defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets were back on the field Wednesday, giving coach Paul Johnson one more reason to stop answering questions about NCAA probation.

"Honestly, I haven't thought much about it," Johnson said after the Yellow Jackets' first fall practice of 2011. "You just move on and you worry about things you can control and move forward."

Johnson begins his fourth season at Georgia Tech with the program facing five years of probation.

The Yellow Jackets were without defensive lineman Denzel McCoy, who has an undisclosed medical issue that could end his career.

GEORGIA: The offensive line is expected to be missing yet another piece when it opens preseason practice today.

Backup offensive tackle Austin Long has mononucleosis, which could keep him out the first couple of weeks of camp but is not expected to keep him out any games, sources told

NOTRE DAME: Coach Brian Kelly reinstated Michael Floyd to the team, 4½ months after the star receiver was arrested for drunken driving.

"We haven't reached a destination point," Kelly said at a news conference with Floyd. "He knows he has all eyes on him. There is an intense amount of scrutiny, cynics out there who look at this as we had this put together since day one. We can't change what people think."

Floyd, who has caught more TD passes than any player in Notre Dame's storied history, said he has been to counseling, has changed his circle of friends and will stay in a residence hall instead of moving off campus.

FLORIDA STATE: Jameis Winston, one of the top prep quarterbacks in the country, committed to play for the Seminoles on Wednesday night.

Winston, of Hueytown, Ala., said he picked Florida State over the home-state Crimson Tide and Louisiana State University.

GARDNER-WEBB: Long snapper Hudson Smith, of Aiken, has been named to the College Sporting News Division I Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America third team.

The former Aiken High standout was a second-team All-Big South selection at long snapper in 2010 and is a preseason All-Big South choice at the position for the 2011 season.

POTATO BOWL: With a new corporate sponsor and name, Idaho's only college football postseason bowl game bid goodbye to humanitarians and hello to spuds.

The Humanitarian Bowl will become The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl after the Idaho Potato Commission signed a six-year naming rights deal.



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