Two Florida Gators players return to practice

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Florida has apparently cleared quarterback Jeff Driskel and reinstated suspended linebacker Antonio Morrison.

The school posted a photo on its Twitter page of Driskel throwing passes at practice Thursday, saying “Good to see No. 6 back out on the field in action tonight!”

Driskel missed the first week of fall practice following an appendectomy, but coach Will Muschamp expected him to return early in camp.

Teammate Michael Taylor said Thursday that Morrison was in position meetings.

PENN STATE: Three days into training camp, junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson has a slight edge on touted freshman Christian Hackenberg in the quarterback race.

That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to stay that way once Penn State kicks off the season Aug. 31 against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Coach Bill O’Brien said Thursday that Ferguson might be a “little ahead” because he has more knowledge in the offense.

BOWLS: The Military Bowl is extending its relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Bowl officials announced this week that the game will include an ACC bowl eligible school from 2014-19. The order of selection will be contingent upon the conference’s other bowl obligations.

The ACC team will face a school from the American Athletic Conference, the splinter conference formed from the old Big East.

This year’s game is set to feature teams from the ACC and Conference USA on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Md.

COURTS: A judge is preparing to sign final orders to grant summary judgment in favor of Craig James, ESPN Inc. and a public relations firm in lawsuits brought against them by coach Mike Leach after he was fired by Texas Tech, Leach attorney Stephen Heninger said Thursday.

State District Judge William Sowder sent letters Tuesday to attorneys, asking defense attorneys to draw up a proposed order for summary judgment in the cases.

Heninger said Leach would appeal once the judge signs.


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