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Georgia's Eason practices, return unsure

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason is back at practice but it's not known if he'll be cleared to play Saturday when the 11th-ranked Bulldogs host No. 17 Mississippi State.

Eason started in 2016 as a freshman but strained a ligament in his left knee in Georgia's season-opening victory over Appalachian State. Touted freshman Jake Fromm has played well since taking over, most notably leading Georgia (3-0) to a victory at Notre Dame in his first college start.

When Eason is ready to play, there is no guarantee he will be the starter. Coach Kirby Smart says "a lot of that is determined by how Fromm is playing. We'll make that decision when the time comes."

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LB McDowell may rejoin Vols late in year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Butch Jones says there's now at least a possibility that linebacker Cortez McDowell could return late in the regular season or in a bowl game.

McDowell injured his wrist last week in a 26-20 loss to Florida. After indicating Monday that McDowell was out for the seaso n, Jones said Wednesday there's at least a chance the 6-foot senior could come back late in the year.

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Div. II player dies from in-game injury

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) A 19-year-old Midwestern State football player has died after suffering a neck injury while making a tackle during a home game last weekend.

School President Suzanne Shipley on Wednesday released a statement mourning the death of cornerback Robert Grays of Houston. Shipley says Grays died Tuesday at a hospital in his hometown. He was critically injured during a game Saturday in Wichita Falls.

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Former No.1 recruit Cowart leaves Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn defensive lineman Byron Cowart has left the program and been granted his release.

Coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Cowart's decision on Tuesday, a day after he dismissed former starting quarterback Sean White from the team.

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2021 Kickoff adds Louisville-Ole Miss

ATLANTA (AP) There will be a second Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2021 - the first-ever meeting between Louisville and Mississippi.

Officials made the announcement Tuesday. The game is normally held over the Labor Day weekend, though an exact date is still to be determined.

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Ohio St. wants Spielman's suit dismissed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State wants a federal judge to dismiss a class-action lawsuit by one of its most famous football stars who alleges athletes' images were used without their permission and without compensation.

In a sign of how closely aligned that star, Chris Spielman, is with the university, however, Ohio State also is pledging to work with him to resolve the dispute.

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Hazing charge for Spielman's son, 4 more

CHICAGO (AP) Five members of a Christian college football team in suburban Chicago face felony charges after one of their teammates alleged they duct-taped his hands and feet and attempted to sodomize him with an object before dumping him half-naked in an off-campus park.

The DuPage County State's Attorney's office announced Monday that the five Wheaton College players are charged with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint.

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Aussie kicker, 30, shines for Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Don't address the 30-year-old freshman kicker from Australia as "Sir." It makes him feel old.

As for any sort of age joke, go ahead, because Colorado's James Stefanou has heard them all - and usually it's him cracking them.

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Top Baylor RB Williams set to return

WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor will get a boost for its Big 12 opener Saturday against No. 3 Oklahoma with the season debuts of 1,000-yard rusher Terence Williams and two defenders who were expected to be starters.

Williams, the junior who ran for 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, will be back in the lineup after missing the first three games while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

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Texas A&M QB Mond preps for SEC play

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M freshman quarterback Kellen Mond has improved in each of his three games this season.

The question for the Aggies is has he improved enough to help A&M be successful when Southeastern Conference play begins Saturday against Arkansas.

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