Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton not only earned respect after his amazing performance in a 41-35 loss at Florida State last week, but he also made strides in the race for the Heisman Trophy, according to a weekly poll conducted by Geoff Ketchum, editor of the Internet website Heisman.com.
After not receiving a vote last week, Hamilton surged to third place on this week's ballot, which consists of five voters in each of the six regions -- the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest and Far West.
Florida State wideout Peter Warrick remains the front-runner, according to the poll, receiving 18 of 30 first-place votes. Warrick out-distanced Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne 66 to 41 in the scoring system, which awards three points for each first-place vote, two points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote, the same scoring method used by The Downtown Athletic Club.
Hamilton, the nation's leading passer who completed 22 of 25 passes for 387 yards against FSU, received one first-place vote and was named on 12 of the 30 ballots.
Coach Lou Holtz announced redshirt junior offensive lineman Dennis Thomas will make his first career start Saturday against East Carolina.
Thomas will start at right guard in place of the injured Philip Jones, who is sidelined with a hyperextended elbow.
Also, Holtz said senior fullback Teddy Salters, who missed the first two games with a sprained ankle, likely will make his season debut against East Carolina.
Co-captain Larry Foster, arrested earlier this week for purse snatching, has other legal problems awaiting him.
Since 1997, Foster has had two outstanding warrants for his arrest stemming from two counts of issuing worthless checks in Baton Rouge. The warrants said the checks were in the amount of $222.01 to a grocery store and $102.23 to a Wal-Mart store.
The warrants said both checks were drawn on a closed bank account and attempts to gain restitution were unsuccessful.
LSU coach Gerry DiNardo said he had no knowledge of Foster's arrest warrants and declined further comment.
Coach Houston Nutt says he will decide today whether to reinstate defensive end Carlos Hall after Hall's guilty pleas to a variety of crimes.
Hall was suspended in July after being accused of stealing and forging checks made out to the university and, in a separate incident, leaving the scene of an accident in which a woman was injured.
Hall, a sophomore, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from both offenses this month.
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