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FAMU tops Sheridan Poll

After playing two No. 1 teams this season in Miami and North Carolina A&T, the Florida A&M Rattlers got a taste of the top spot Monday when they found themselves on top of the Sheridan Poll of black college football.

FAMU was second last week but beat previous No. 1 N.C. A&T 21-7 Saturday. Although FAMU has won 11 black college national titles and one Division I-AA title, this week is the first time in the 10-year history of the Sheridan Poll that FAMU has been No. 1.

"I've said all along that if you just keep winning, the polls will take care of themselves," FAMU coach Ken Riley said.

The Rattlers also moved up two notches in the NCAA Division I-AA poll, from 11 to nine. This marks the first time since 1979 that FAMU has made the top 10 of the NCAA poll.

Bowden will replace

Laureano with Ferrell

TALLAHASSEE _ Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said junior tackle Marvin Ferrell likely will replace freshman Juan Laureano when the Seminoles play Georgia Tech Saturday.

"Ferrell was one of the best blockers this week," Bowden said. "I would say he's back."

Bowden also said senior center Robbie Baker and freshman Clay Shiver will continue to split time.

Sophomore guard Patrick McNeil was held out of practice Monday with a bruised shoulder, as was junior tailback Clyde Allen. Junior wide receiver Matt Frier is out for Saturday's game with a separated shoulder.

Spurrier gives Pouncy

okay to return to team

GAINESVILLE _ Carlton Pouncy, a Florida free safety who quit the team during the summer, will be allowed to rejoin the Gators in January, Florida coach Steve Spurrier said.

"Hopefully Carlton has grown up," Spurrier said. "Our policy has always been to give a person a second chance. I really think Carlton grew up during this little episode."

Pouncy, a freshman last season, quit the team during mid-July after becoming disgruntled with coaches. Spurrier said Pouncy likely will use this season as his redshirt year.

Starting defensive tackle Ellis Johnson likely will miss the Gators' game Saturday against Auburn, Spurrier said. Johnson injured his neck against the Tigers.

Two other linemen, Mark Campbell (shoulder) and David Barnard (ankle), are questionable. Starting end Henry McMillian likely will be moved to tackle if any of those can't go.

Report: Gamecocks vote to ask Woods to resign

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina's football team voted overwhelmingly to ask coach Sparky Woods to resign, a Columbia television station reported.

The Gamecocks (0-5) own the longest losing streak (nine) in the nation among Division I-A teams.

Woods told the TV station he had no intention of resigning.

"No. I came here, worked very hard. Our staff's worked very hard," Woods said. "We're working as a team. A team does everything together. We're not 0-5 because of any individual's fault. It's all of our problems, and we've all got to be a solution to the problem."

Woods has called a 10 a.m. meeting today to talk with the players again.


Washington: The top-ranked Huskies made a quarterback change, moving Mark Brunell ahead of Billy Joe Hobert because of Hobert's lackluster performance against California.

Washington (5-0) plays at Oregon (3-3) Saturday.

The Huskies have a 19-game winning streak, including 17-0 with Hobert as quarterback.

"It's not like we wait until something is broke before we try to fix it," offensive coordinator Jeff Woodruff said.

Hall of Fame Bowl: Officials will scout the following games Saturday: Auburn at Florida, Florida State at Georgia Tech, Syracuse at West Virginia, Vanderbilt at Georgia, Virginia at North Carolina and Duke at Clemson.


The top 10 teams in the Sheridan Poll of black college football teams, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 11 and total points:

No. School Record Pts

1. Florida A&M (9) 5-1-0 116

2. Delaware State (1) 4-1-0 94

3. Jackson State (1) 5-1-0 92

4. North Carolina A&T 5-1-0 83

5. Central State, Ohio 5-1-0 77

6. Hampton (1) 5-0-1 66

7. Alcorn State 3-2-0 44

8. Grambling State 4-2-0 25

9. Savannah State 4-1-0 23

10. Texas Southern 3-2-0 15

_ Information from Times staff writer Brian Landman, correspondents Keith Niebuhr and Jim Vertuno and the Associated Press was used in this report.