Moreno says he has 'no worries'

Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno said he practiced Thurs-day with full range of motion after sustaining a chipped elbow bone against Alabama.


Moreno suffered the injury to his right elbow on a play he was blocking when he collided with the helmet of an Alabama player. He'll play in Georgia's next game, on Oct. 11 against Tennessee, and said he would have played if there was a game Saturday.

"Everything's good, everything's fine," said Moreno, who practiced in a non-contact jersey with the elbow protected. "There's no worries."

- Tight end Bruce Figgins knows he needs surgery on his left shoulder for a torn labrum, but said he hopes to play against Tennessee and is even considering trying to play with the injury through the end of the season.

"I'm doing everything I can to play in this game," Figgins said.

He is eligible for a medical redshirt if he opts for season-ending surgery following the Tennessee game, but could choose to try to play the rest of the season and then have surgery.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Coach Steve Spurrier says Chris Smelley will start at quarterback against Mississippi, relegating freshman passer Stephen Garcia to the bench.

Spurrier says the sophomore Smelley was more mentally ready to lead the Gamecocks as they travel to Oxford, Miss., for Saturday's game.

Unlike a week ago, Spurrier did not guarantee that Garcia would see any action at all.

When specifically asked if Garcia would take several snaps, Spurrier answered, "Like I said, Chris Smelley will start the game and we'll see how it goes to try and win the game."

The Gamecocks enter the game on a six-game SEC losing streak.

TENNESSEE: Coach Phillip Fulmer says he hasn't decided who will start at quarterback when the Vols face Northern Illinois on Saturday night.

Fulmer opened the starting quarterback position up for competition between Jonathan Crompton and Nick Stephens after Crompton completed only eight of 23 passes for 67 yards in the Vols' 14-12 loss to Auburn last weekend.

Notre Dame: Tight end Will Yeatman is still practicing pending his sentencing on a charge of drunken driving and the outcome of a new charge of underage drinking at an off-campus party.

Coach Charlie Weis said if Yeatman were cleared, he could begin playing immediately.

GEORGETOWN: The Hoyas' scheduled football game Saturday at Colgate has been called off because of an outbreak of norovirus at Georgetown.

Nearly 150 Georgetown students have been sickened by the virus and several football players have been exposed.



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