Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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USF's Taggart says Mack will play against SMU

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TAMPA — USF coach Willie Taggart said Thursday there's "no doubt" sophomore rushing leader Marlon Mack, who has been nursing a mild hamstring strain, will play Saturday against SMU.

Mack, who sustained the injury on his final carry late in last weekend's 28-20 victory at Connecticut, didn't practice Sunday. He suited up the last three practices but has been limited.

Taggart indicated he logged reps during Thursday morning's non-padded workout.

"We didn't tell him to go 100 mph, but we wanted to see him go and he got out and ran a little bit," Taggart said. "No issues, so that was good to see."

Mack (106 carries, 689 yards, three touchdowns) is seeking his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing effort, which would tie the school record. At 1,730 career yards, he needs 58 to move into fifth on USF's all-time list.

UF: Kicker chosen

After conducting an open tryout for a kicker, the Gators added Dallas Stubbs to the roster, the former Gainesville High standout said.

UF hasn't made an official announcement.

"It was amazing," Stubbs told the Gainesville Sun. "I'm just so thankful and I hope to make everyone proud."

Stubbs walked on at UF in 2013, but said he was cut after the season.

"The last time I was on the team, I felt like I didn't get much of a chance," Stubbs told the Sun. "This is just a new opportunity, brand new coaching staff."

The Gators needed to add a kicker after Jorge Powell sustained a season-ending injury Saturday. Their other kicker, Austin Hardin, has been struggling on field goals and has missed time with a leg injury.

FSU: LB Smith out

Linebacker Terrance Smith, one of FSU's top run-stoppers will miss Saturday's game against run-oriented Georgia Tech.

Smith sustained a high-ankle sprain Oct. 3 and hasn't played or practiced since.

No. 22 Temple 24, ECU 14: P.J. Walker threw a late 23-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, and the visiting Owls (7-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) rallied. Walker completed 19 of 35 for 250 yards for Temple. The Owls next face visiting Notre Dame on Oct. 31. East Carolina's Blake Kemp completed 31 of 48 for 272 yards with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Quay Johnson. Chris Hairston added a 1-yard scoring run for the Pirates (4-4, 2-2). Temple's Jahad Thomas rushed for two touchdowns, of 2 and 14 yards, the last sealing it with 2:18 to play. The AAC's leading rusher finished with 66 yards — 60 fewer than his average. The Owls forced two second-half turnovers and blocked two punts. East Carolina finished with nine penalties for 99 yards.

BYU: Linebacker Sione Takitaki was suspended for the rest of the season for an unspecified violation of team rules.

BASEBALL: The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee withdrew an experimental rules proposal for a 20-second pitch clock with runners on base. A survey of 25 Division I conferences showed little support for the clock. The average nine-inning games in the College World Series increased from 2 hours, 53 minutes in 2012 to 3 hours, 19 minutes in 2015. Game lengths also increased in the regions and super regions last year.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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