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GARCIA AGAIN GETS CALL AT QB FOR GAMECOCKS

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is sticking with Stephen Garcia at quarterback.

Spurrier said Thursday that the freshman from Tampa's Jefferson High would make his second start Saturday against Tennessee. His first came in the Gamecocks' last game, Oct. 18 against LSU. He threw for 215 yards and a touchdown but was sacked six times and threw an interception late that helped the Tigers hold on for 24-17 win.

Spurrier said he hopes Garcia can play the whole game but if he struggles Chris Smelley would be ready.

Clemson: Tailback C.J. Spiller is expected to play Saturday. He has been out since pulling a hamstring Oct. 9 against Wake Forest.

Tennessee: Brent Vinson, who shares time at cornerback, was suspended for Saturday's game for an undisclosed reason. He also missed the season opener due to academics.

Basketball: Big recruit commits to Gators

GAINESVILLE - Florida picked up a major recruit for the 2009-10 season in Plantation American Heritage guard Kenny Boynton. The nation's No. 8 prospect, according to Scout.com, orally committed to UF over Duke, Georgia Tech, Texas and Southern Cal.

"I took numerous visits to all the schools," said Boynton, who announced his decision on ESPNU. "And on my Florida visit, I was very comfortable."

Boynton, 6 feet 2, averaged 34.5 points as a junior last season.

Midnight madness: The NCAA's board of directors ended a version of early Midnight Madness because it believes it could give schools a recruiting advantage. The legislation, which takes effect next season, is designed to close a loophole that allowed coaches two hours of individual instruction before the official start of the season. Some coaches took advantage by holding Midnight Madness a week earlier than officially allowed.

Tennessee: Reserve guard J.P. Prince is out 3-5 weeks with a right shoulder injury sustained in a fall during practice Tuesday. Details of the injury were not disclosed. As a sophomore last season, he averaged eight points.

Virginia: Guard Paulisha Kellum is out for the season with a torn right ACL sustained during a scrimmage Saturday. As a sophomore last season, she started 31 games and averaged nine points.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report. For news on other sports from our instate colleges, go to tampabay.com/sports and click on More Sports.

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