Gators to feed back Matt Jones the ball

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Don’t expect No. 12 Florida to ease running back Matt Jones into action.

Florida's Matt Jones missed three weeks of practice because of a viral infection, but he could get up to 25 carries Saturday against Miami.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Florida's Matt Jones missed three weeks of practice because of a viral infection, but he could get up to 25 carries Saturday against Miami.

Instead, the Gators (1-0) plan to work Jones early and often Saturday at Miami (1-0) – a clear indication how they feel about the 6-foot-2, 226-pound sophomore.

Offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Jones, who missed three weeks of practice while recovering from a viral infection, could get as many as 25 carries against the Hurricanes.

“I’m not saying that’s what he’s going to get, but I expect him to be out there and be in the offense,” Pease said.

GEORGIA: In an effort to improve its tackling and blocking, Georgia held a rare Wednesday full pads practice on a game week.

“We pushed them these last two days,” coach Mark Richt said. “They’ve responded well. They responded better today than yesterday.”

The practice was a mixture of tackling and “thud,” simulating tackling without bringing a player to the ground.

• Kicker Marshall Morgan will make his season debut in the Bulldogs third game of the season on Sept. 21 against North Texas.

Richt confirmed Wednesday that the sophomore’s suspension is two games for his boating under the influence arrest. He made 8 of 14 field goals last season.

In the meantime, walk-on kickers Patrick Beless and Adam Erickson remain unavailable for interviews.

TENNESSEE: Wide receiver/kick returner Devrin Young is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking his hand during practice on Tuesday.

LAWSUIT: Three former players are suing the NCAA, saying it failed to educate them about the risks of concussions and didn’t do enough to prevent, diagnose and treat brain injuries.

Chris Walker and Ben Martin, who played for Tennessee from 2007-11, and Dan Ahern, who played for North Carolina State from 1972-76, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Chattanooga.

PENN STATE: A state court says Pennsylvania officials can pursue their bid to keep Penn State’s $60 million fine from the Jerry Sandusky scandal in the state.

The Commonwealth Court ruling Wednesday is a setback for the NCAA, which wants the lawsuit filed by state officials dismissed.

The NCAA’s 2012 consent decree with Penn State steers the $60 million fine into an endowment for child sexual-assault programs.


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