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Gators lose starting guard from Clearwater to injury

Florida guard Jeff Mitchell, a sophomore from Clearwater, injured his knee during practice. Offensive line coach Jimmy Ray Stephens said Mitchell may have sustained damage to his medial collateral ligament.

"It doesn't look good," Stephens said. "I don't know how bad it is. After he went down they moved it and you can see the knee pop in and out."

Stephens said senior Dean Golden will start at left guard.

Offensive tackle Jason Odom (knee) may return for the Georgia game Oct. 29, Stephens said. But since injuries have thinned the depth on the offensive line, Stephens said there's a possibility Mo Collins, a freshman the Gators planned to redshirt, may get ready to play.

Coach Steve Spurrier said defensive tackle Henry McMillian (knee) and tailback Elijah Williams (ankle, knee) may return against the Bulldogs. Cornerback Larry Kennedy, who injured his knee in Saturday's Auburn game, said don't count him out for the Georgia game, either.

"I'm just saying wait and see," Kennedy said.

Seminoles stay cautious

TALLAHASSEE _ Thirty-point favorite Florida State kept up its wary talk about Saturday's game with Clemson.

"Clemson will come in here with something to prove," linebacker Derrick Brooks said. "They remember the embarrassing loss we gave them here last year (57-0). We're expecting a fight."

Defensively, assistant coach Mickey Andrews is looking for more discipline. The Seminoles lead the ACC in penalties again.

Clemson's leading rusher and receiver, Antwaun Wyatt, is listed as doubtful after bruising his shoulder in practice Tuesday. Freshman Lamont Pegues is expected to replace Wyatt at tailback.

Jones gets another shot

CORAL GABLES _ The last time Larry Jones started in place of an injured player, he rushed for 144 yards in leading Miami to a 22-0 win against Nebraska in the 1992 Orange Bowl and a national title.

Such heroics won't be necessary Saturday when Jones replaces James Stewart in the UM backfield against West Virginia. The stakes aren't nearly as high for the seventh-ranked Hurricanes, but they are for Jones.

Before Stewart's ankle injury two weeks ago against Florida State, Jones hadn't carried more than six times in a game since rushing for 135 yards in eight carries in last season's eighth game against Pittsburgh.

Erickson wary of road trip

CORAL GABLES _ Last year Miami saw its national title hopes die in Morgantown, W.Va., with a 17-14 loss to West Virginia's Mountaineers. Despite being favored by three touchdowns, Miami coach Dennis Erickson is worried about Saturday's repeat visit.

"The kind of intensity we had against Florida State, if we can play like that we have a good chance to win every football game," Erickson said. "If we don't, we'll go up there thinking we'll win automatically and end up getting our rear ends beaten."

_ Correspondent Michelle Thresher and the Associated Press contributed to this report