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LSU coach's son advises: defend Gators' Tebow

Five things

1. Kansas has won 19 of its past 22, its best 22-game stretch since the Jayhawks went 21-1 from 1908-10.

2. Tulsa, 5-0 for the first time since 1945, has scored more than 50 points in its past four games. The Golden Hurricane last did that 79 years ago

3. Cincinnati (Big East) and New Mexico State (Western Athletic) are the only two major schools who have yet to play a conference game. Cincinnati (4-1) gets started this week by playing host to Rutgers, while New Mexico State opens WAC play at Nevada.

4. Michigan hadn't given up as many points at home as the 45 Illinois scored there on Saturday since 1961, when Ohio State put up 50 in the suddenly not-so-Big House.

5. Michigan State RB Javon Ringer is tied for the NCAA lead in rushing TDs with 12 in six games and is second in rushing yards with 164.7 per game heading into today's game at Northwestern.


"Frankly, I think (defensive coordinator) John Chavis has saved his job for 10 years."

Former Tennessee coach Johnny Majors, on oft-criticized Phil Fulmer, who replaced him under controversial circumstances in 1992

Wolverine or Buckeye?

Every college student has his or her welcome-to-school moment.

Kevin Koger's came when his Michigan football teammates slapped him with the nickname Greg Oden.

The long features, the familiar face — yeah, you could see it.

When LSU coach Les Miles went to wake his son for school Monday morning, the Florida game was the topic of conversation. Actually, Tim Tebow was the subject. It was against LSU two years ago that the then-freshman quarterback connected with TE Tate Casey with what is now known as "the jump pass" for a touchdown in a 23-10 victory in the Swamp. The pass resembled a basketball shot. LSU hasn't forgotten it. "My son got me with that this morning about 5:45 when I went to wake him up," Miles said Monday. "I said, 'Okay, Manny what do you think? What do we have to do?' He said, 'You've got to stop that jump pass, Dad.'… I said, 'Okay, I wrote that down. I'm ready to go coach that one.' He says, 'You need to keep somebody back.' I said, 'Good idea Manny.' " Although Miles appreciated the advice, he said it's easier said than done. "The hard part about that play is any time they involve a run action, the want, desire to tackle the run is key. If you are backing up on the pass and he's running it, it's a bad, bad matchup." Tebow has been successful with the jump pass since, including this season with TE Aaron Hernandez. Though Tebow and the Gators get a lot of credit for it, Tebow said that coach Urban Meyer brought the play from Utah. "They ran a play like that at Utah, I think coach's last year with some big old fullback guy they had," he said. "He didn't really jump. He kind of like faked forward and tossed it back and the guy was wide open. Coach kind of showed me the diagram of it and (said) this is what we're going to do. We go out there and run it. I don't really just step up and back up. I ran up and jumped up and threw it and he's like, I guess we'll try it. We did and it worked, and that's kind of how it stayed."

Antonya English, Times staff writer Touring the Sunshine State

Daren Daly can probably say he's the only football player in the state of Florida who has worn the garnet and gold of Florida State, green and orange of Miami, and black and gold of Central Florida.

"I can't think of anyone else who has played on three teams in the state," said Daly, a strawberry-blonde kicker originally from Ireland who is 6 feet 1 and 195 pounds and takes on his old Hurricanes teammates today.

"I can't even think of anyone who has played at Miami and Florida State. I've adjusted to it pretty well. It's kicking a football. There's not too much of a playbook you have to learn."

Daly was a redshirt walk-on at Florida State in 2004, skipped football in 2005 during the transfer process to UM (he said he had academic aid but did not get the athletic scholarship he was promised), and arrived on Larry Coker's UM squad in 2006. Though he got a few chances to punt his first real season in '06, last season Randy Shannon gave him his first significant opportunity.

Daly had been kicking off already, but he hit a 44-yard field goal in his first career attempt last season against his former Seminoles teammates, and made two extra points in a 37-29 win against FSU.

He earned the starting job the next week against North Carolina State, going 3-for-4 in regulation, including a 27-yarder with 19 seconds left to send the game into overtime. But he missed a 27-yarder in OT, and UM lost 19-16.

"Coach Shannon benched me after that," Daly said. "There was more pressure on me for the kick that put us into overtime. I didn't focus the way I should have. I just thought it would be an easy kick, and I probably was too lackadaisical."

At UM, he earned two undergraduate degrees — the first in business administration and the second in business law. The NCAA approved a waiver to allow him to transfer without sitting out a year, to pursue his master's in coaching and leadership. He wants to be a graduate assistant coach and hopes to become a general manager for an NFL team.

"He's a very mature kid," UCF coach George O'Leary said. "He has his goals set. He was injured in the preseason early and wasn't himself. The last two games he has been better."

Now in at QB, what's-his-name?

Coaches holding campuswide tryouts in the middle of the season isn't unheard of. It's just usually to look for soccer players who can kick instead of a quarterback.

But Washington State coach Paul Wulff had to resort to a tryout this week to find a scout team quarterback after losing his top two, Kevin Lopina and Gary Rogers, to injuries early in the season.

And the winner is …

"We actually just picked him this morning. I don't know his name," Wulff said Tuesday. "We went through a series of 29 kids who went through it. He's a good kid. He's a kid from the state of Washington. He's a two-year starter at Woodinville High School."

And he does have a name: Peter Roberts.

Information from the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald and Philadelphia Daily News was used in this report.

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