Starting back for West Virginia suffers injury

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Just three days before facing No. 12 Michigan State on Monday in the Outback Bowl, Georgia’s tailback competition is no closer to clearing up.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said before the start of Friday’s practice that he had not yet determined a starter nor had he decided on what a possible rotation might look like.

“We haven’t really talked about it, but my guess is that right this minute, as far as who will play, I would think there’s a good chance at least three, maybe four, are getting in there and playing,” Richt said. “I’m not sure who is going to start yet.”

One of the tailbacks vying for playing time is Richard Samuel, who is available for the first time since suffering an ankle injury against Florida and undergoing surgery.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks have had three Capital One Bowl practices in Orlando, Fla., this week. Coach Steve Spurrier has classified two of them as “so-so.”

Not good news for the No. 10 Gamecocks, who are on a run of so-so bowl efforts. South Carolina (10-2) has lost its past three bowl games.

“Yesterday was a little bit better practice than today,” Spurrier said Friday when his team concluded a two-hour workout at Celebration High. “It was hot today. It was a hot one, but anyway it’s hot for Nebraska, too.

VIRGINIA: Coach Mike London has been given a two-year contract extension and a raise, increasing his annual salary to $2.1 million.

London is preparing the Cavaliers for their first bowl appearance since the 2007 season. Virginia faces Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl today.

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies have sent kicker Tyler Weiss home for a curfew violation in New Orleans, where the Hokies are preparing to meet Michigan in the Sugar Bowl.

Virginia Tech spokesman Bryan Johnston says Weiss was booked on a bus to Roanoke, Va., after he failed to be present for a 1 a.m. bed check early Thursday.

Weiss was elevated from a backup role when kicker Cody Journell was arrested last week for his alleged involvement in a home invasion.

Virginia Tech now has one kicker with experience, kickoff specialist Justin Myer, who missed both of his field goal tries - from 57 and 53 yards - this season.


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