AROUND THE NATION;JU’s McGregor earns Pioneer Football League honor
University quarterback Josh McGregor
was named Pioneer
Football League’s Offensive Player
of the Week for his play against Drake as he had his third
consecutive 300-yard passing performance.
McGregor, a junior, completed 21-of-35 passes for 320 yards and
scored on a career-long 39-yard run in the Dolphins’ 39-34 win over
McGregor has passed for at least 300 yards in five of JU’s six
games this season, including a career-best 405-yard effort against
UNC KICKS AUSTIN OFF TEAM
North Carolina kicked star defensive tackle Marvin Austin off
the team and said the
NCAA declared receiver Greg Little
and defensive end Robert Quinn permanently ineligible.
The announcements came as part of the investigations into
whether players received improper benefits from agents.
Athletic director Dick Baddour called it “a sad day” because the
players “made serious mistakes in judgment in accepting extra
NCAA said Little and Quinn each
accepted roughly $5,000 worth of jewelry, travel accommodations and
Austin had been suspended since Sept. 1 for violating
unidentified team rules.
“I want to apologize to the
NCAA and the entire North Carolina
Tar Heel community including my teammates, coaches, students and
fans,” Austin said in a statement. “I have let you all down and I
am truly sorry.”
SABAN: FLUKER, JONES HURT
Alabama receiver Julio Jones broke his hand against South
Carolina and his status for the Crimson Tide’s game Saturday
against Ole Miss is uncertain.
Right tackle D.J. Fluker has a groin injury and will miss at
least a week.
Coach Nick Saban said Monday that Jones had surgery to have a
plate and screw inserted. The coach said whether Jones can return
for Saturday’s home game will be based on his pain tolerance.
Jones played after the injury and finished with eight catches
for 118 yards.
MISSISSIPPI STATE WR OUT
Mississippi State receiver Leon Berry will miss the rest of the
regular season because of a dislocated ankle suffered during
Saturday’s 47-24 victory over Houston.
Coach Dan Mullen said Berry, a junior, could possibly return if
the Bulldogs make a bowl game. Berry has caught eight passes for
188 yards and a touchdown. He was also the Bulldogs’ main kick
returner, averaging 26.8 yards per return.
Houston is asking the
NCAA for a waiver to allow injured
QB Case Keenum to play a sixth season. … Kickoff for Tennessee’s
Oct. 23 game with Alabama is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.