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Miami Hurricanes QB Stephen Morris in doubt for game against Florida State Seminoles

CORAL GABLES — Miami quarterback Stephen Morris, perhaps the Hurricanes' best player, has a sprained left ankle and no determination had been about his status for Saturday's game against Florida State, coach Al Golden said Sunday.

X-rays showed no fracture. Golden said it's fortunate Morris doesn't have a high ankle sprain, which takes several weeks to heal. Morris spent most of Sunday in the training room.

"I don't think I can imagine a scenario where we're not going to try to do whatever we have to do to try to beat Florida State,'' Golden said. "Our kids deserve everything we've got to try to win this next game."

Ryan Williams will start if Morris is out. The assumption for now is that Williams will start, Golden said. Preston Dewey or Gray Crow would back up Williams. Neither freshman has taken a snap this season.

Morris was hurt in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 18-14 loss to North Carolina. He took an awkward step and appeared to twist the ankle inward. He left in a walking boot.

Morris has completed 154-of-268 for 1,991 yards, with nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Williams has completed 11-of-15 for 87 yards.

Key Bulls return as practice resumes

TAMPA — USF returned to practice after two days off at the end of a bye week, and the week of relative rest helped the Bulls get key players on defense back healthy and returning to practice.

Linebackers Reshard Cliett (who missed most of the past two games with a hamstring injury) and Tashon Whitehurst (who missed the last game with a knee injury) were back at practice, as was safety Jon Lejiste, coach Skip Holtz said.

"It was great to see those guys running around full speed," Holtz said. "This open date has been very good as far as getting some of the bumps and bruises (healed after) going through a long camp and then six straight weeks (of games). Having an opportunity to get refreshed mentally and physically is a huge thing for us right now, especially with what we've been through the last four weeks."

Minnesota: Coach Jerry Kill was released from the hospital one day after he had a postgame seizure following a loss to Northwestern. Kill was treated and is "in excellent health," and planned to be in the office today, university physician Dr. Pat Smith said.

south carolina: Some Gamecocks may have let the intense, hostile Death Valley environment get to them and played "scared" in Saturday's loss at LSU, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said. South Carolina must address that vs. Florida on Saturday, he said: "Our front seven didn't come to play. We can't win like that."

virginia tech: Center Andrew Miller, the anchor of an inconsistent line, is out for the season with a fractured fibula and severely sprained left ankle.

Late Saturday

texas a&m 59, La. Tech 57: Quarterback Johnny Manziel accounted for six touchdowns and the visiting Aggies handed the Bulldogs their first loss. The game was postponed from Aug. 30 because of Hurricane Isaac. Trailing by 27, Louisiana Tech got within two, but a two-point conversion pass failed.

MISS. STATE 41, TENNESSEE 31: Tyler Russell threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns, LaDarius Perkins had 101 rushing yards and a touchdown, and the host Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 SEC) continued their best start since 1999.

FSU basketball: Canadian shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, the nation's No. 24 senior in the ESPN 100, committed to the Seminoles over Illinois and Connecticut. His father, Tharon Mayes, starred for FSU from 1987-90. Rathan-Mayes is seen as the 2013 replacement for senior Michael Snaer.

fsu soccer: The host Seminoles women (14-0-0), ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll, beat No. 13 Virginia 1-0 on Ines Jaurena's penalty kick in overtime and set a school record for consecutive shutout minutes, 893:40. The previous record, 799:29, was set in 2003.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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