Florida does not plan to burn the redshirt season for freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks in the Outback Bowl, which would have exhausted a year of his eligibility, coach Jim McElwain said Thursday.
McElwain said Austin Appleby will start at quarterback against Iowa in the Jan. 2 game at Raymond James Stadium, and that he expects Luke Del Rio to return from a shoulder injury that cost him the last four games of the regular season. Del Rio would back up Appleby.
In other news, UF running back Jordan Cronkrite will transfer, leaving after a sophomore season in which his role diminished significantly.
Cronkrite carried 31 times for 145 yards and a touchdown, finishing fourth on the team behind Jordan Scarlett, Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson.
The Miami native had been expected to share the workload with Scarlett, but ended up part of a four-man backfield.
COOK COMES UP SHORT: D'Onta Foreman of Texas captured the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back after rushing for more than 2,000 yards. He beat out beat out Florida State's Dalvin Cook and San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey. Foreman was a bright spot in another disappointing season for the Longhorns, who fired coach Charlie Strong and hired Tom Herman. The junior said he was pleased to win the Doak Walker with "everything going on in our program." He also noted that many people said he would have to change positions in college, a slight that motivated him.
KIFFIN TO HOUSTON?: Houston is expected to hire Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin as coach, according to reports. Other reported finalists are interim coach Todd Orlando, offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and former LSU coach Les Miles.
BRILES SUES: Former Baylor coach Art Briles sued three school regents and a vice president for libel and slander, accusing them of falsely stating he knew of reported assaults and alleged gang rapes by players and didn't report them. The lawsuit also says officials conspired to damage his reputation and keep him from getting another coaching job. "Some people think themselves above the law, but the laws of Texas establish accountability for everyone, even renegade, self-dealing regents of a Christian university," the lawsuit states. The school declined comment.
MISSISSIPPI: Co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner was fired after five seasons.
gillispie retires: Billy Gillispie, 57, who coached at Kentucky and Texas A&M, is retiring due to health concerns. He was coaching at Ranger College, a community college in Texas where he played in the 1970s.
FSU ROUTS FLORIDA: Leticia Romero scored 21 and No. 7 Florida State beat No. 23 Florida 83-58, its eighth straight victory. Shakayla Thomas added 16 points for the host Seminoles (9-1), and Ivey Slaughter had 13 points and 10 rebounds. FSU, which had a 45-35 edge in rebounding, has won four of its past five against UF (6-3).
NO. 4 MARYLAND 101, ST. PETER'S 49: Brionna Jones scored 19 of her career-high 30 points in the first half for the host Terrapins (10-0).