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UNC banged up for Miami game

MURRAY HONORED: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, a former Plant High star, earns an SEC weekly honor.

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MURRAY HONORED: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, a former Plant High star, earns an SEC weekly honor.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina has lost tight end Zack Pianalto for the season with a broken right leg.

Pianalto, the team's leading receiver, was injured in last weekend's win at Virginia. The school says Pianalto will undergo additional evaluation to determine if he needs surgery.

Pianalto has 30 catches for 311 yards and one touchdown.

In addition, coach Butch Davis said Monday that it was unclear whether linebacker Quan Sturdivant and cornerback LeCount Fantroy will play this weekend at Miami. Sturdivant has missed three straight games with a left hamstring injury, while Fantroy suffered a shoulder injury against the Cavaliers.

SEC honors: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, a former Plant High standout, was named SEC freshman of the week. Quarterbacks Cam Newton of Auburn and Mike Hartline of Kentucky shared the offensive honor, and Mississippi State linebacker Chris White was defensive player of the week after logging 11 tackles against Florida.

Arizona: Coach Mike Stoops says the knee injury to Nick Foles is not season-ending and the starting quarterback's status will be evaluated week to week. Foles will not play against Washington on Saturday. Junior Matt Scott, known for his running ability, will start.

Arkansas: Coach Bobby Petrino said quarterback Ryan Mallett might return to practice today. Mallett suffered a concussion during a loss at Auburn. Petrino said he showed no symptoms of the concussion Sunday. Arkansas hosts Mississippi on Saturday.

Missouri: Top pass rusher Aldon Smith said he's ready to return from a broken bone in his leg to play against Oklahoma on Saturday. The sophomore has missed four weeks. Coach Gary Pinkel says he'll see how Smith practices before deciding.

Nebraska: Coach Bo Pelini is second-guessing his decision to pull quarterback Taylor Martinez in the third quarter of Saturday's loss to Texas. Pelini said Nebraska's problems went beyond quarterback play. Pelini brought in Zac Lee, who led the Huskers to a field goal. Martinez will start this week at Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma: Coach Bob Stoops is expected back at practice today after attending a funeral of a childhood friend from Youngstown, Ohio.

Rutgers: Coach Greg Schiano said he will refrain from giving daily medical updates on paralyzed player Eric LeGrand but will provide information when appropriate. He would not directly comment when asked if the junior defensive tackle has experienced any feelings in his extremities or moved any toes or finger since the injury. "Here's the situation: This is going to be a long, long hard road back, and there's going to be speculation and a lot of friends and people who care," Schiano said. Safety Joe Lefeged said LeGrand will motivate the team: "Any time we're feeling tired, any time we're playing hurt or we don't want to wake up for practice, we need to keep Eric in our hearts. We're playing for Eric."

Tennessee: Sophomore backup linebacker Greg King is expected to miss the rest of the season after having minor knee surgery last week, a follow-up to surgery he had during the spring.

Virginia: Coach Mike London said there is no quarterback controversy, even after starter Marc Verica struggled in a loss to North Carolina and was booed. "Marc Verica is our quarterback," London said. The fifth-year senior has completed 58 percent of his passes, with six touchdowns and six interceptions.

UNC banged up for Miami game 10/18/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:33pm]
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