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Shoulder pain slows South Carolina QB

South Carolina quarterback Phil Petty remains questionable for Saturday's game against Clemson and the Gamecocks are preparing to possibly use three quarterbacks.

"Phil was able to raise his arm and throw some short balls, but he really couldn't throw the ball deep," coach Lou Holtz said Wednesday after Petty practiced. "If Phil is healthy, he will go because he's a senior and it's his last go around. I think you'll also see Corey Jenkins and Dondrial Pinkins."

Petty bruised his right shoulder in Saturday's 54-17 loss to Florida.

The battered Gamecocks already have lost linebackers Kalimba Edwards with a sprained knee and Jeremiah Garrison with a hamstring injury. Edwards will be out for about four weeks and it's uncertain if he'll be able to play in South Carolina's bowl game.

"Kalimba received a second opinion on his injury and he has a second degree sprain but won't need surgery," Holtz said.

Running back Derek Watson and linebacker Rod Thomas are expected to play.

MICHIGAN: Cornerback Todd Howard has been charged for his role in an auto accident that seriously injured a woman last summer. Howard, who has not been arrested or arraigned, was charged Tuesday with driving carelessly in a manner likely to cause serious injury.

The senior faces up to two years in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Athletic department spokesman Bruce Madej said Howard still was a member of the team and "presumably" will play Saturday at Wisconsin. Howard is a three-year starter.

MISSISSIPPI: The team had a bye after its historic, seven-OT loss to Arkansas, and junior wide receiver Jason Armstead said the Rebels have needed every one of those 13 days to recover.

"Man, I was still looking for my bed Wednesday," he said. "I didn't even watch football this (past) weekend. I was just trying to relax a little bit and take a much needed break."

UCLA: The school submitted its report to the NCAA regarding the improper benefits DeShaun Foster received, perhaps keeping alive the slim chance Foster will be reinstated in time to play against Southern Cal.

"The report was sent to the NCAA this afternoon," school spokesman Marc Dellins said. "Now, we will wait for their response."

The NCAA will determine a punishment, which could range from Foster missing the one game he's already missed to the remainder of the season.

Athletic director Peter Dalis said earlier in the week he believes the NCAA will act quickly on the matter. Dalis and coach Bob Toledo said they weren't optimistic concerning the chances Foster will be reinstated for Saturday's game at the L.A. Coliseum.

Foster, a senior who leads the Pac-10 in rushing and touchdowns, was declared ineligible Nov. 7, and didn't play for the 20th-ranked Bruins in a 21-20 loss to No. 7 Oregon three days later.

It's been reported that Foster, who is averaging 138.6 yards to rank fifth in the country in rushing, drove a new sport-utility vehicle being leased by actor-director Eric Laneuville for several weeks _ an extra benefits violation.

Toledo is not allowing Foster to practice or attend meetings until he's ruled eligible by the NCAA.

UCLA has one regular-season game remaining after Saturday _ against Arizona State on Dec. 1 at the Rose Bowl. It's likely the Bruins also will play in a bowl game.

TEXAS: Quarterback Chris Simms will play for the Longhorns next season and will not enter the NFL draft a year early, coach Mack Brown said.

"I know Chris has no interest in going to the NFL," before his senior season, Brown said. "Chris isn't going anywhere. He's going to be here."

Simms, a junior, created a stir Tuesday when he said he planned to think about entering the draft early and that he was "definitely going to leave that door open." A few hours later he told reporters he would stay at Texas.

Brown talked to Simms on Wednesday. "He felt like that it was blown completely out of proportion," Brown said.

WASHINGTON STATE: Quarterback Jason Gesser received medical clearance to play against Washington.

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