Georgia's Marlon Brown stays upbeat after injury

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Marlon Brown’s torn ACL ended his Georgia career on Nov. 3 against Ole Miss, but it hasn’t kept the receiver from enjoying the bowl experience.

He hit Universal Studios on Thursday, including a roller-coaster.

“I don’t know what it was called, but I was kind of scared,” Brown said.

Brown was having a breakout season, tied for the team lead in receptions before the senior injured his left knee. He had 27 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns.

“I just can’t be too sad about it for too long,” Brown said. “Usually in life you’ve got to overcome things. Right now, I’m trying to stay positive.”

Brown, who hopes to play in the NFL, said he expects to begin jogging by the end of February, but won’t be able to do anything at Georgia’s Pro Day next spring.

NOTRE DAME: Coach Brian Kelly says the top-ranked Fighting Irish will have an early curfew every night they are in Miami preparing to play Alabama for the national title on Jan. 7.

Kelly told the media Saturday he usually has a 2 a.m. curfew the first night or two on bowl trips so players can have fun. He says the curfew in Miami will be 11 p.m. every night.

OKLAHOMA: Wide receiver Jalen Saunders will play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4 against Texas A&M despite being arrested earlier this month, coach Bob Stoops said.

Saunders and teammate Cortez Johnson were arrested Dec. 2 on complaints of misdemeanor marijuana possession during a traffic stop in Norman, Okla.

COURTS: Relatives of a Western Carolina University player who died after a 2009 workout have dropped a wrongful death lawsuit against the school’s athletic personnel.

The lawsuit filed by the father of Ja’Quayvin Smalls was voluntarily dismissed. Smalls’ family had been seeking money from the school’s coaches and training staff.

Smalls died in July 2009, hours after collapsing while running during his first preseason workout. The junior defensive back from Wando, S.C., had just transferred from Georgia Military College.

An autopsy showed Smalls had an enlarged heart. Doctors also found that sickle cell trait and exertion contributed to his cardiac arrest.

Just before Smalls’ death, the NCAA recommended that all of its member schools test athletes for the sickle cell condition. Western Carolina started testing after Smalls’ death.


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