Georgia freshman receiver might get his shot against Missouri

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Georgia redshirt freshman receiver Blake Tibbs has yet to play a snap for the Bulldogs, but he’s now part of the back end of the rotation after injuries last Saturday to Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett.

Coaches have waited on Tibbs, 6-foot-2 and 179 pounds from Lithonia, Ga., to become more dependable.

“He made a lot of progress in the fall in camp, but we had some numbers, we had some other guys that we felt were in a better position to make that top six or seven,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “He was moving in the right direction and now with some of the injuries, his opportunity is here.”

Also moving up are walk-ons Michael Erdman and Kenneth Towns.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Injured All-American Jadeveon Clowney was back at practice Wednesday, although it was still unsure if he would play this weekend at Arkansas.

Clowney has a strained muscle near his ribcage that he hurt last week. He pulled himself out of the Gamecocks’ 35-28 victory over Kentucky last Saturday night, saying shortly before kickoff that he was in too much pain.

Clowney had missed practice Monday and Tuesday with the injury. He worked out for all of the 2½ hour session on Wednesday and participated in sprints at the end of workouts.

CLEMSON: Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Patrick DeStefano has a career-ending shoulder problem and will no longer play football for the No. 3 Tigers, the school announced Wednesday.

DeStefano played in each of the first two games, with 13 snaps against then-No. 5 Georgia as a tight end and 58 plays at tackle against South Carolina State.

TENNESSEE: The Vols and Virginia Tech will play a game at Bristol Motor Speed­way in September 2016, a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press.

The speedway holds 150,000. The attendance record for college football is 115,109, set in September at Michigan Stadium for the Michigan-Notre Dame game.

Track officials have talked openly about trying to play host to a game at the speedway, and there has been speculation about a matchup between the Volunteers and Hokies for years.

CENTRAL FLORIDA: The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of the reduction of the monetary award in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a player who died following conditioning drills in 2008. Documents accepting the case were filed by the court on Wednesday. No date for the court to hear the case has been set.

In August, a three-judge appeals court panel reduced a jury’s original $10 million civil trial damage judgment awarded to the parents of Ereck Plancher in 2011 to $200,000.

The court ruled Central Florida’s power of control over its athletics association was sufficient for sovereign immunity afforded to state agencies in civil judgments. The ruling also overturned attorney’s fees the Plancher family attorneys were awarded.

NORTH CAROLINA: A Georgia-based agent has been charged with violating the state’s sports agent laws by providing gifts to three former Tar Heels and obstruction of justice.

Unsealed indictments state that a grand jury indicted Terry Watson with 13 counts of providing cash or travel accommodations to Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn valued at nearly $24,000 in an effort to sign them. Watson also faces one count of obstruction for not providing records sought by authorities.

The 39-year-old Watson, based in Marietta, Ga., was arrested Wednesday morning, released on a $50,000 secured bond and made his first court appearance in the afternoon.

All three former UNC players are in the NFL.

ON THE MOVE: The College All-Star Bowl is moving to Feb. 14 and will be shown on the CBS Sports Network.

The game will played at Furman University’s Paladin Stadium and feature senior athletes who played high school or college football in South Carolina, or players from the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast and Southern conferences.

The game was set for March 1, but bowl commissioner Sam Wyche was contacted by CBS Sports about broadcasting the game and moving the date.

A second college all-star game, the Medal Honor Bowl, is set for Jan. 11 at The Citadel’s Johnson-Hagood Stadium in Charleston.


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