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Cautious Hurricanes to stick with Morris at QB

CORAL GABLES — Miami QB Stephen Morris will make his third straight start Saturday when Miami hosts Virginia Tech with the ACC Coastal Division championship possibly hinging on the outcome.

Usual starter Jacory Harris, out since Oct. 30 with a concussion, met with doctors Tuesday and was on the practice field but has not been cleared for contact.

"Concussions are serious," coach Randy Shannon said. "I'm looking at what is best for Jacory. It's not what's best for Randy Shannon or this team.

"All it takes is one hit, we go back too early, and now Jacory's in another world. We're going to do it the right way here at Miami."

Morris has completed 28 of 48 for 516 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his two starts, winning both.

Associated Press

UF: Demps still hurt

GAINESVILLE — Florida junior RB Jeff Demps' foot injury most likely will linger the rest of the season. Demps sprained his left foot in the Sept. 18 game at Tennessee and has been hampered since. Demps has played in eight games and had a streak of 33 games played snapped when he missed the LSU game. His role has been limited.

"We're trying to rest him as much as we can during the week," offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said. "I think it's a real day-to-day, week-to-week situation. He's doing the best he can."

THE NEXT MICHIGAN?: It's not a topic the Florida players want to discuss much this week: the notion that coming off the bitter South Carolina loss, they could be the next Michigan.

Remember the Wolverines?

Appalachian State defeated then-No. 5 Michigan 34-32 in 2007, one of the biggest upsets in college football. The Gators are well aware of that fact and insist it won't happen to them Saturday against the very same Mountaineers.

"It was a crazy victory," Gators senior OL Marcus Gilbert said of Appalachian State's win. "I'm not really worried about that. It's 2010, it's a different year, different teams. … We are very confident. We have the best talent out there. I think we'll come out and handle business."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

USF: Marshall better

TAMPA — Senior DE Craig Marshall, USF's sack leader who has been sidelined by a broken bone in his foot suffered Oct.  22 against Cincinnati, said Tuesday he plans to be back for next week's game at Miami.

Marshall said he has done some running, and the foot is feeling better.

Redshirt freshman S JaQuez Jenkins (ankle) and senior OT Jamar Bass (knee) sat out practice.

Kerry Klecic, Times correspondent

FSU: Moment savored

TALLAHASSEE — FSU K Dustin Hopkins was busy signing autographs, spending time with teammates and family. After he made a 55-yard field goal that gave the Seminoles a 16-13 victory against Clemson on Saturday night, Hopkins didn't leave Doak Campbell Stadium until after 1 a.m.

He fell asleep about five hours later. The week before, Hopkins missed a 40-yarder that would have beaten North Carolina. After the Clemson game, he felt entirely different emotions.

"It's crazy — I was just thinking about it, how it's a one-in-a-million chance of a kicker getting a chance back-to-back weeks and just being able to redeem myself," Hopkins said.

Hopkins said his sister has the ball he kicked for the winner. At least he thinks so. He was told somebody caught the ball, ran to the middle of the field in celebration and punted it.

"So I think it might just be like, 'Here's the ball you kicked,' " he said. "I think it is. As far as I know."

Orlando Sentinel

UCF: Kicking woes

ORLANDO — UCF's erratic kickers remain a headache for coach George O'Leary.

Sophomore Jamie Boyle, who started against Southern Miss in place of junior Nick Cattoi, missed a 30-yarder and is 0-for-2 on field-goal attempts this season. Cattoi is 6-of-12.

"We're not asking for 55-yard field goals," O'Leary said. "We're asking them to make 30-yard to 25-yard field goals. But you just keep working with them and hope someday it clicks."

O'Leary said Boyle's kick against Southern Miss was not blocked. "No, it was a lousy, lousy kick," he said.

Orlando Sentinel

Around the nation

GEORGIA: The team returned to practice without QB Aaron Murray, the former Plant High standout who bruised a knee and a sternum in Saturday's loss at Auburn. The team next plays Nov. 27 against Georgia Tech.

southern miss: Hattiesburg police arrested two people in the shooting of three players outside a nightclub early Sunday, and issued a photo and description of Travis Brown, 29, whom they believe shot the players. Patricia Loftin Brown, 49, and Cleothus Wilkerson, 25, were charged with accessory after the fact to an aggravated assault. Coach Larry Fedora confirmed that senior linebacker Martez Smith is paralyzed from the waist down, but hopes Smith might walk again.

WASHINGTON: Doctors cleared QB Jake Locker (broken rib) to play Thursday night against UCLA.

. Up next

USF: vs. Pittsburgh, noon Saturday, ESPN2

UF: vs. Appalachian State, 12:30 Saturday, pay-per-view

Miami: vs. Virginia Tech, 3:30 Saturday, ESPN

UCF: at Tulane, 3:30

Saturday, no TV

FSU: at Maryland, 8

Saturday, Ch. 28

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