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Miami expects Morris to play against USF

Miami coach Al Golden expects quarterback Stephen Morris (17) to be limited today by a lower leg bone bruise but hopes he will be at full speed for Tuesday’s practice.

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Miami coach Al Golden expects quarterback Stephen Morris (17) to be limited today by a lower leg bone bruise but hopes he will be at full speed for Tuesday’s practice.

CORAL GABLES — Miami expects Stephen Morris to play when the 15th-ranked Hurricanes visit USF on Saturday.

Morris was knocked out of Miami's 77-7 win over Savannah State in the first quarter Saturday with a bone bruise on his lower right leg. He got treatment Sunday.

Coach Al Golden said he expected Morris to be limited at practice today and hoped to have him fully ready by Tuesday's workout.

"He's a fast healer, and he's very tough-minded. Expect him to be back very soon," Golden said.

Spurrier praises Gators' Murphy

It's not easy for quarterbacks to earn respect from Steve Spurrier, but the South Carolina coach and former head Gator had effusive praise for UF's Tyler Murphy.

Murphy replaced Jeff Driskel, who had a season-ending leg injury during the first quarter Saturday, and led a rally past Tennessee.

"I tell you what, (Saturday) the most impressive player in college football was the quarterback that came into the game down at Florida. A kid named Tyler Murphy," Spurrier said Sunday. "I didn't even know who the second-team quarterback was down there; I don't think anybody knew too much.

"And then we find out this kid's been there five years paying his dues, doing whatever they ask him to do, so it was really sort of a warm-heart feeling when a young man who has been there five years gets a chance to go in there and plays very well. I'm sure there was a lot of emotion in the locker room for Tyler Murphy."

fulmer on foster: Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer says he wasn't aware of now-Texans running back Arian Foster receiving money during his Vols career. "As the head coach at Tennessee for 17 years, I took great pride in having a program that was NCAA compliant, as did our staff and administration," Fulmer said in a statement. "If we knew of a violation, big or small, we reported it." Foster says in a documentary he got money on the side during his senior year. Fulmer coached Foster at Tennessee from 2005-08. Foster says the money he received didn't come from a coach: "Side people always offer you money, just random people usually. … When you play top-tier Division I football, there's people willing to help you out. I got helped out."

Rankings stay steady: With most top teams tuning up, the first 14 teams were unchanged in this week's Associated Press poll. Miami moved up one spot, to No. 15; Florida fell one spot, to No. 20. Fresno State was the only team to enter the rankings, at No. 25, the first time it has been ranked since Sept. 28, 2008. Arizona State fell out. UCF, which hosts No. 12 South Carolina on Saturday, is in the "others receiving votes" category, with 19.

Fatal crash: A freshman Cincinnati offensive lineman was killed and two freshmen receivers were injured in a one-vehicle accident Saturday night in nearby Oxford, Ohio. Ben Flick of Hamilton, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene. Receiver Mark Barr of Fort Lauderdale and the unidentified driver were in critical condition, and receiver Javon Harrison of Dayton, Ohio, was in stable condition.

Clemson: Offensive lineman Isaiah Battle will miss the next game, Saturday against Wake Forest, after he was ejected for punching North Carolina State's Jarvis Byrd on Thursday.

Georgia: The team will not add hype to Saturday's home game against LSU with a "blackout.'' The last time Georgia was ranked in the top 10 and played a prime-time home game against a top 10 opponent was in 2008, getting blown out by Alabama with Bulldogs players wearing black jerseys and fans wearing black.

Rutgers: Running back Paul James will miss at least two games with a lower-leg injury. The Scarlet Knights, off this week, open American Athletic Conference play at SMU on Oct. 5 and face Louisville on Oct. 10.

Syracuse: Kicker Ross Krautman is out for the season with a hip injury that requires surgery.

Texas: Linebacker and leading tackler Jordan Hicks is out for the season with a left leg Achilles tendon injury, and quarterback David Ash is being evaluated for head-injury symptoms.

Late Saturday

UCLA 59, NEW MEXICO ST. 13: Brett Hundley passed for 280 yards and three touchdowns, and the host Bruins honored receiver Nick Pasquale, who was hit by a car and killed two weeks ago. UCLA ran its first offensive play with 10 men on the field in the walk-on sophomore's honor, and fans waved blue towels and wore T-shirts with his No. 36.

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