Originally created 08/31/99

Football today



South Carolina

Brian Elam was listed as a second-string cornerback on the depth chart released Monday by the Gamecocks.

Elam, a 6-foot, 175-pounder who played for North Augusta last season, is one of three freshmen who will be counted on heavily in the secondary after injuries to O'Rondai Cox and Arturo Freeman. Another former North Augusta star, Steve Mixon, is listed as the first-string fullback.

Holtz said Freeman's status is uncertain. The senior free safety suffered a ruptured spleen recently, and he is deciding whether to remove the spleen via surgery or to let it heal naturally.

If Freeman undergoes surgery, Holtz said, he could be back in four weeks. If he chooses the latter, he'll miss the season.

"I just want what is in Arturo's best interest," Holtz said. "My recommendation was to let the spleen heal completely and not even play this year ... but that's a decision he and his family will have to make, and I don't know what it will be."

Whether Jermale Kelly plays against N.C. State is entirely up to him, Holtz said. The junior receiver's father died last week.

"For the last two weeks, it's been very difficult for him to get to practice," Holtz said. "His priority has been with his father, and justifiably so."

Georgia

As gametime draws nearer, Georgia looks good in the injury department.

Coach Jim Donnan said the only player who definitely won't see action against Utah State because of an injury is backup tailback Brett Millican. Donnan also said that Patrick Pass will see "limited" duty against the Aggies this weekend.

Seymour and offensive tackle Kelvin Williams, who had been held out much of last week, were back in practice Monday. Also, safety Terreal Bierria was cleared for contact Monday for the first time this preseason; he has been nursing a fractured jaw suffered during summer workouts.

Sitting out Monday were tackle Jonas Jennings, defensive back Dantra Clements and defensive lineman Chris Hewitt. Hewitt is having problems with his left shoulder and will be out "a week or so," said Donnan.

Clements and Jennings are expected back in practice this week. Clements had "minor surgery" for an undisclosed ailment, Donnan said, and Jennings is suffering from the gout, an inflammation in the joints.

University of Georgia seniors Steve Herndon and Orantes Grant, junior Richard Seymour and sophomore Quincy Carter have been named permanent team captains for the 1999 Bulldogs according to an announcement Monday by UGA head coach Jim Donnan.

Clemson

Marshall has returned 500 tickets for Saturday's season opener at Clemson. The seats are for sale at the Clemson ticket office for $25.

Ticket manager Van Hiderbrand said Marshall has sold 9,500 tickets to the game and a crowd of 75,000 is expected. A $6 high school ticket will be available the day of the game.

If attendance hits 75,000 on Saturday, it will be the third-largest home opening crowd in Clemson history. The record is 80,058 for the Furman game in 1989.