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Bulldogs continue Murray's prep

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia coach Mark Richt did his best to make the Bulldogs' last scrimmage feel like a real game.

There were SEC officials on the Sanford Stadium field, pregame warmup, even a coin toss.

Richt wanted to see how his players handled the rush that came with the simulated game.

Perhaps the most important test was for freshman quarterback Aaron Murray, the former Plant High star who will start Sept. 4 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.

"Definitely, I got a little jitters," Murray said. "There were a couple of overthrows where I was a little pumped up. … I think after the first play the jitters calmed down a little."

Murray completed 9 of 17 passes for 127 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. Richt said Murray's day "wasn't real bad but there were a couple times he could have made a better decision."

East Carolina: Linebacker Alfy Hill enrolled at ECU less than a week after he was ruled an academic nonqualifier at Alabama. East Carolina says Hill's high school is working with the NCAA to appeal the decision, though Hill will likely sit out this season.

Michigan: Defensive back Troy Woolfolk will likely be out for the season because of an ankle injury.

Oklahoma: Freshman running back Roy Finch could miss the first half of the season with an ankle injury that usually takes about six to eight weeks to heal. Coach Bob Stoops said he expects Finch to play this year.

South Carolina: Coach Steve Spurrier says the team won't protest potential penalties it may get from the NCAA if it finds players violated rules. Tight end Weslye Saunders is among a group of players from several schools that the NCAA has spoken with concerning improper contact with agents. He is also among several Gamecock players who had to end their stays at a local hotel and find other living arrangements. Spurrier said players who are found to have received extra benefits typically sit out a game or two. "If that happens, we'll accept it and move on," Spurrier said. "But it may not happen. We don't know."

Clarett gets Tryout: Former Ohio State star running back Maurice Clarett, 26, received permission to leave Ohio to try out for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. He served 3½ years in prison for having a hidden gun and holding up two people outside a bar, then spent 4½ months in a community-based, lockdown dormitory.

Hogs' Hat Flap: A northwest Arkansas radio station hired former Razorbacks running back Michael Smith (2006-09) to replace a reporter who was fired after she wore a Gators hat to a Razorbacks' football news conference. KAKS general manager Dan Storrs says Smith did some work for the station at the spring game this year. Storrs maintains the Gators hat was not the main reason for the dismissal of reporter Renee Gork.

Morehead on probation: The NCAA put the men's basketball program on probation for two years for recruiting violations related to booster activity.

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