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UF's Jackson to start despite poor game

Despite his poor performance against Louisiana State last weekend, University of Florida wide receiver Willie Jackson will remain in the Gators' starting lineup Saturday against Auburn.

Harrison Houston will be the other starter at receiver for the Gators. Spurrier will announce all of this week's starting lineup changes today.

Spurrier also said true freshman James Bates, an inside linebacker, and Cameron Davis, a defensive end, might play against Auburn. Both were thought to have been redshirt candidates, but the Gators are thin at both positions and might need the two.

Will White, a senior free safety, was held from contact Wednesday but is probable for Saturday's game. Citrus High graduate Monty Grow returned to practice and is also probable. Grow missed Tuesday's practice with a strained groin.

FSU plays one-on-one

to prepare for Tech

TALLAHASSEE _ Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said the Seminoles' first-team defense has taken snaps with the first offense in an attempt to simulate what it will face against Georgia Tech.

Tech quarterback Shawn Jones and FSU's Charlie Ward are supposed to be identical _ each dangerous inside the pocket and out.

Senior linebacker Reggie Freeman suffered a slight concussion Wednesday, but is not expected to miss any action. Wide receiver Matt Frier is expected to be out for Saturday's game because of a separated shoulder he sustained against North Carolina.

Elsewhere

North Carolina State: Quarterback Terry Jordan, a Gaither High graduate, added to his list of injuries by cutting his foot on a piece of glass Tuesday, coach Dick Sheridan said.

Jordan, who broke his left arm last season and is suffering from a sprained foot hurt two weeks ago, apparently suffered the injury on the sidewalk outside of his dorm.

The injury didn't require stitches, Sheridan said Wednesday.

Ohio State: President Gordon Gee said John Cooper will remain as head coach, despite calls in the media for Cooper's resignation after an 0-2 start in Big Ten play.

Mississippi State: Former third-string quarterback Todd Jordan will start for the Bulldogs against South Carolina, but the injured Greg Plump will be ready to fill in, coach Jackie Sherrill said.

Jordan, the third-string quarterback entering the season, was pressed into action against Auburn on Saturday after Plump pinched a nerve in his neck. Plump was playing because starter Sleepy Robinson is out for the season.

South Carolina: Athletic director King Dixon said he will interview players to try to determine why they voted to ask coach Sparky Woods to resign.

Dixon said Woods and his staff have met individually with many players, whose frustrations boiled over into what one called "a mutiny" Monday with their no-confidence vote for Woods.

Clemson: Redshirt freshman quarterback Louis Solomon will start this week against Duke while junior Richard Moncrief recovers from injuries, but the change isn't necessarily permanent, coach Ken Hatfield said.

Southern Methodist: Quarterback Mike Romo, the first player to sign with SMU in 1988 when the program was resurrected from the only "death penalty" the NCAA has ever imposed, quit because of injuries. He set or tied 17 SMU and NCAA records in a little more than two seasons, but quit last year after his fourth knee operation since 1987. This summer, he decided to make a comeback and returned to school. He pulled his left groin just before two-a-day practices, rendering him unable to rehabilitate his torn right knee.

Colorado: Offensive guard Roger Ivey likely will miss the rest of the season with a back injury.

_ Times correspondents Keith Niebuhr and Jim Vertuno and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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