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Former Lakeside quarterback Mark Weidenaar is kicked off the Georgia State team

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Former Lakeside quarterback Mark Weidenaar is no longer on the Georgia State Panthers football team due to a violation of team rules, Georgia State associate athletic director Allison George has confirmed.

Weidenaar threw for more than 1,600 yards and rushed for almost 900 more for Lakeside in 2011. He scored 27 touchdowns as the Panthers went 6-5, reaching the Class AAAA state playoffs.

GEORGIA: Malcolm Mitchell, who is set to play primarily cornerback, should be plenty busy in Saturday’s opener against Buffalo.

“He’ll definitely play offense, defense; he’ll play some special teams, too,” coach Mark Richt said of the player who led Georgia in receiving yards last season. “He will more than likely will return a punt or two and he might even return a kick. I’m not sure on that part. He’ll play in all three phases of the game.”

Branden Smith is the most experienced kick returner and is competing along with Mitchell at punt return.

Assistant Tony Ball, who oversees kickoff returns, said that Mitchell, Todd Gurley, Justin Scott-Wesley and Richard Samuel are also being looked at on that unit.

“I think we’ve got some good guys back there, guys I feel like that can score and guys I feel like can protect the ball,” Ball said. “I think we’ll get a chance in the first three ballgames to get a sense of who’s the guy.”

Richt isn’t sure how much work Mitchell will get on offense.

That, he said, “will be interesting to see. A lot might have to do with what the weather’s like and how he’s feeling.”

• Tight end Jay Rome, who has been limited in practice with a strained hamstring, might be a gameday decision, Richt said. Georgia practiced with low tempo on Wednesday, Richt said, but he will be tested more today.

Defensive end and former Burke County standout Cornelius Washington (neck) and nose guard Kwame Geathers (shoulder) are expected to play Saturday.

LOUISIANA STATE: Coach Les Miles rode out Hurricane Isaac on Wednesday at the Tigers’ football operations building, where he and members of his staff continued planning for Saturday night’s scheduled home opener against North Texas.

Wednesday’s practice was canceled.

WIRED: SEC officials will have a new look tonight when South Carolina plays Vanderbilt. Each on-field official will be wearing a wireless microphone system similar to those used in European soccer.

This system allows all officials, regardless of their position on the field, to talk to each other. By rule, only the referee had previously been allowed to wear a microphone. The SEC applied for and received an NCAA waiver to test the system in select conference only games this year.


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