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Gators present big-time test for Vols QB

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer thinks Jonathan Crompton is capable of managing a big-time SEC rivalry game. Now Crompton just has to prove it.

Fulmer said the junior quarterback, starting his second SEC game against No. 4 Florida on Saturday, has to play smarter to handle the pressures of conference play.

Crompton has little room for error with UF followed by No. 10 Auburn and No. 3 Georgia in two of the next three weeks.

"He's made some outstanding plays for us in two ball games. He's really shown his ability to throw the ball and manage a game. He's also made three or four plays that will get you beat," Fulmer said.

"The most important thing for Jon to do is manage the game and not turn it over."

Crompton missed part of practice Tuesday as trainers gave him treatment for a sore right ankle. He participated in all of Wednesday's practice.

Crompton started slowly and inconsistently in an opening loss at UCLA. He went 19-for-41 for 189 yards, an interception and no touchdowns as he struggled with his timing with receivers.

Offensive coordinator Dave Clawson was encouraged by Crompton's progress in a win against UAB, 19-for-31, 240 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Crompton has been trying to put the pressure of the SEC schedule in perspective.

"It's really no pressure," he said. "Pressure is being over in Iraq fighting for your life for your country."

Oklahoma: Defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger will be out at least four weeks and perhaps the rest of the season with an injured left foot. One play after the Sooners' top run stuffer committed a personal foul Saturday, three Washington linemen teamed to push Granger to the ground then piled on top of him, causing the injury. Coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners would not "whine'' about the triple team.

PENN STATE: Starting defensive linemen Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma were each charged with a count of possession of a small amount of marijuana, according to a criminal complaint filed by the university police. A typical resolution is probation. Both were already suspended for two games for the incident. Team spokesman Jeff Nelson said there was no change in their status. On Tuesday, coach Joe Paterno said: "We'll let that situation develop. And if there's something to say, we'll say it."

WAC MISTAKE: Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson said the replay official in the Wisconsin-Fresno State game made a mistake when he overturned a Fresno State fumble during the third quarter. Wisconsin won.

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