ACC gets high marks for reporting injuries

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The Atlantic Coast Con­ference is setting the standard this season when it comes to sharing player injury information.

Still, some say the conference guideline would work even better if all ACC coaches participated fully in the process that they themselves developed.

Two days before conference games, ACC schools are obligated to release lists of their injured players.

Of the six power conferences, only the ACC has a league-wide guideline this year for reporting injuries. But there are concerns about how it works, mainly that nothing can be done if a coach chooses not to comply.

“Coaches sandbag,” Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said. “There ain’t no wondering. That’s just part of being a coach.”

But ACC Associate Commissioner for Football Operations Michael Kelly believes the process works, and most coaches agree. He says the coaches have enough respect for each other to follow those guidelines.

GEORGIA: Coach Mark Richt thinks the strained groin that outside linebacker Jarvis Jones played with during the Missouri game and kept Jones out the next week against Florida Atlantic could still be an issue.

“You know what? I don’t know if he would say that it is bothering him, but I got a feeling that it’s probably not 100 percent right now,” Richt said. “He’s not going to sit there and make an excuse, but I’m not sure he’s 100 percent.”

SOUTH CAROLINA: Quarter­back Connor Shaw knows he will have to keep his emotions in check this week despite playing against Georgia.

“You can’t let the game get bigger than it is,” the Flowery Branch, Ga., native. “It’s another SEC conference game and that’s how we treat it. We know it’s a big game and I’m from Georgia. We have a lot of guys from Georgia. But we just can’t treat it more than it is. It’s just a game.”

FLORIDA: Linebacker Jelani Jenkins is expected to play Saturday against No. 4 Louisiana State after missing the past two games.

Jenkins broke his right thumb Sept. 8 at Texas A&M.

VIRGINIA: Alabama transfer Phillips Sims is likely to start Saturday when the Cavaliers (2-3) play at Duke.

Coach Mike London said it’s contingent on a leg injury suffered last week being healed: Sims said his leg is fine.

KENTUCKY: Running back CoShik Williams is out for the season with a hip injury.


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