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FSU injuries force offensive line shuffle

The juggling act on Florida State's offensive line continues.

With starting tackle Forrest Conoly out because of a sprained medial collateral ligament, Todd Fordham returns to the starting lineup. One-time starter Juan Laureano will back up Fordham, and guard Marcus Long will shift to Laureano's old spot.

"We're still shuffling," offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins said.

Conoly had a magnetic resonance imaging test late Tuesday afternoon. The results are not expected until Thursday or Friday.

Also missing practice was tight end Billy Glenn, who has the flu.

Boo birds: Coach Bobby Bowden wasn't pleased by the booing Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium, but he reluctantly accepts it.

"It is just a sign of the times," he said. "Now it's no different here than it is at Miami or wherever else they boo."

FSU fans booed the Seminoles on at least two occasions: when the offense failed to convert for the second time inside the Clemson 20-yard line and when James Colzie signaled for a fair catch.

"It's becoming very common," Bowden said. "It's part of the game now."

Williams rebounding

GAINESVILLE _ Florida tailbacks Elijah Williams (ankle, knee) and Tyrone Baker (rib) returned to full contact drills, and Gators coach Steve Spurrier said he expects Williams to be at full speed Saturday against Georgia.

"I feel all right," Williams said. "It doesn't bother me as much as it did yesterday (Monday)."

Spurrier said defensive tackle Henry McMillian (knee) will be ready to play and cornerback Shea Showers (elbow) could be available.

But Spurrier said the chances aren't as good for cornerback Larry Kennedy (knee), offensive tackle Jason Odom (knee) and offensive guard Jeff Mitchell (knee).

"It'd be hard for them," Spurrier said.

Kennedy returned to practice in a non-contact jersey.

Wide receiver Aubrey Hill also practiced in a non-contact jersey. It's nothing serious, Spurrier said, "just a flu bug or something."

Cotton, Holiday deal

DALLAS _ The Cotton and Holiday bowls have entered into a six-year deal that gives them access to teams from the Big 12, Pacific-10 and Western Athletic conferences, as well as options on Notre Dame.

At the end of the 1995 season, the Cotton Bowl will have its choice of the SWC runner-up or Big Eight runner-up against the WAC champion or Pac-10 runner-up. The Holiday Bowl, played in San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium, will get the two teams not chosen by the Cotton Bowl.

When Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech merge with the Big Eight in 1996 to form the Big 12, the Cotton will get the new conference's runner-up against either the WAC champion or Pac-10 runner-up. In the Holiday Bowl, the Big 12 No.

3 team would play the team not chosen by the Cotton.

The selection process doesn't begin until the bowl alliance has chosen teams for its three bowl games. If the WAC champion or Pac-10 runner-up, which normally would be available to the Cotton or Holiday bowls, is chosen as an at-large entry to one of the three top bowl games, the Cotton and Holiday could select Notre Dame if it is left out of the bowl alliance games.

Around the nation

LSU: Freshman quarterback Melvin Hill is the likely starter against Mississippi, coach Curley Hallman said. Jamie Howard has been the starter most of this season. But he has struggled at times and has been the object of fan ridicule since he had three interceptions run back for touchdowns against Auburn. Last week, Howard, who has pitched the past two summers in the Atlanta Braves organization, said he did not want to start.

Penn State: Starting safety Cliff Dingle has a sprained knee, forcing sophomore Kim Herring to start against Ohio State.

Georgia: Asked how his team matched up with the Gators, coach Ray Goff said, "They're ranked No. 5 in the country, I believe, and you can see where we're ranked."

Copper Bowl: The Dec. 29 bowl at Arizona Stadium in Tucson will pit this season's third choice from the Western Athletic Conference bowl qualifiers and the Big Eight's fourth-place team. Next year, the second choice from the WAC will play in the bowl.

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

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