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Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow to ask about NFL draft potential

GAINESVILLE — Florida quarterback Tim Tebow said Wednesday that he expects to petition the NFL to find out information about his draft status.

"I haven't really worried about it," he said. "I think (Florida officials) are going to help me do that."

Tebow said he'll wait to see where he is projected to be taken before deciding on returning for his senior season.

Junior receiver/running back Percy Harvin already has submitted his paperwork to the league, and junior linebacker Brandon Spikes previously said he will do the same.

NO INGRAM: Coach Urban Meyer said as much as he would like to see it, tight end Cornelius Ingram won't play in the BCS title game Jan. 8. "I'd love it probably more than (Ingram)," he said. "But it's only four months after ACL surgery.

Paterno's new deal pleases Bowden

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said he wasn't surprised to see Penn State give coach Joe Paterno a three-year extension.

"Joe's always in pretty good health," Bowden said. "More power to him."

Paterno, a few days shy of turning 82, has 383 wins, a record among major programs. Bowden, 79, has 381. He is working on a year-to-year contract and has said he plans to coach at least next season.

injuries: With just two more practices before departing for Orlando, three starters remain out. Fullback Seddrick Holloway and safety Darius McClure are recovering from knee injuries, and receiver Preston Parker has a sprained ankle. Bowden said if they can return by Monday, they still would get a full week of practice before the Dec. 27 Champs Bowl against Wisconsin.

Cutting back: The Seminoles planned for two-a-day practices on alternate days. Instead, they will practice once every day. "You just don't get enough time to prepare," Bowden said. "This gives the coaches more time to look at film."

Sooners lineman out

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger had back surgery and will not play in the BCS title game Jan. 8. A backup, Granger played in 11 games with 20 tackles and two fumble recoveries.

Illinois: Linebacker Martez Wilson left the hospital after surgery for two stab wounds. The sophomore, 19, was hurt early Friday during a fight at a bar near campus. The school said Wilson was helping a friend and former teammate. Police said the stabbing happened after a group of men surrounded another man. No one has been arrested.

Volleyball: Florida setter Kelly Murphy was named the national freshman of the year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She previously was named a third-team All-American by the organization.

Times correspondent Ira Schoffel contributed to this report, which used information from the Associated Press.

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