Georgia's Isaiah Crowell is surprised at the hits he's getting

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Halfway through his freshman season, Georgia’s Isaiah Crowell is learning what it means to be a tailback in the Southeastern Conference.

He’s dealt with minor injuries to his ribs, wrist and ankle, and the thumping won’t get any easier as he’ll continue to be the featured player in the offense.

“There’s a lot of hits and pounding I get,” he said. “I didn’t want to get too banged up while I’m here. It’s just ... I don’t know. It’s a lot of banging I have to get used to.”

Crowell is fourth in the conference with 95.5 yards per game and has five total touchdowns.

He’s still adjusting to his class schedule and the recognition that comes with being a focal point of the team.

“I didn’t know it was going to be this tiring,” he admits. “It’s like, so much pressure and stuff on you. I didn’t know that, but I expected everything else. I knew it was going to be hard. Outside of football, that’s what I have to get used to.”

MISSISSIPPI: The Rebels will face No. 2 Alabama without four offensive players, including starting running back Brandon Bolden and center A.J. Hawkins.

Following Thursday’s practice, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said Bolden, Hawkins, wide receiver/return specialist Philander Moore and offensive guard Alex Washington were suspended one game for “breaking team rules.”

PENN STATE: Receiver Derek Moye is expected to miss two games because of a left foot injury, dealing a blow to the Nittany Lions’ inconsistent passing game.

The team said Thursday the senior captain broke the fifth metatarsal bone Tuesday night when he slipped on his stairs in his apartment after dinner.

Team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli said the injury will not require surgery.

Moye will sit out Saturday’s game against Purdue and next week’s contest at Northwestern, though Penn State (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) said he could return for the Oct. 29 home game against Illinois.

BIG EAST: The Big East is considering adding Boise State football to help bolster the conference’s chances of retaining its BCS automatic bid, though both sides still need to be persuaded that it’s the right move.

A college football official, who spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the Big East’s plans, says some Big East presidents are resisting adding Boise State and the school itself has reservations about joining a conference in flux.

NORTH CAROLINA; Trustees will meet today to approve the hiring of Tulsa athletic director Bubba Cunningham as the school’s next AD, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday.


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