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QB Hurts 1 of 15 Tide players on All-SEC

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) works through drills during Alabama's fall camp football practice, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The individual drills preceded the Tide's second scrimmage. (Vasha Hunt/Alabama Media Group via AP)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Alabama placed a league-high 15 players on the coaches preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams, including quarterback Jalen Hurts.

The SEC released the teams on Wednesday with all 14 members represented.

Alabama had four players on the first-team offense and four on the first-team defense, plus punter JK Scott.


Fired Minnesota coach defends leadership

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former University of Minnesota football coach Tracy Claeys is defending himself after an outside review blamed "weak leadership" by the coaching staff for a threat by players to boycott the Holiday Bowl.

Claeys wrote a commentary that appeared online Wednesday. The review released last week found the university followed law and policy properly when it suspended 10 players last year following an accusation of sexual assault.


Facebook to stream 15 games this season

Facebook has struck a deal for exclusive rights to live stream 15 college football games this season, beginning next week.

The agreement with Stadium, a digital sports network, gives Facebook the rights to six Mountain West games and nine Conference USA games. The games will not be televised.


Florida so unsettled at QB it may play 3

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Jim McElwain hasn't settled on a starting quarterback. He hasn't even pared down the three-man competition.

McElwain said Wednesday that fourth-year junior Luke Del Rio, redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and graduate transfer Malik Zaire will play this season, maybe even in next week's season opener against No. 11 Michigan.


Ex-USC K Boermeester fights expulsion

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Southern California kicker Matt Boermeester has filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court in an effort to overturn his expulsion following a school investigation of allegations that he abused his girlfriend.

Boermeester was suspended from the football team in January, the same month he kicked the winning field goal in the Trojans' Rose Bowl victory, and he was later expelled for violating a school order to stay away from his girlfriend.


Georgia still sorting out WR group

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) With its Sept. 2 opener against Appalachian State only 10 days away, No. 15 Georgia is still establishing its depth chart at wide receiver.

Coach Kirby Smart says the battles at receiver are "real competitive," thanks in part to the impacts being made by transfer Ahkil Crumpton and Mecole Hardman.


Illini WR Dudek ready after 2 ACL tears

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) It has been two seasons - and two ACL tears - since Mike Dudek last appeared in a game with Illinois.

A lot has changed around Champaign since. The coach is different, and so is the quarterback. Getting back the same old Dudek would be a big boost for the struggling program.


Nebraska done with rugby-style tackling

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska football coaches no longer are putting players through rugby-style tackling drills, and the athletic department has ended its contract with the Seattle company that was helping the Cornhuskers transition to the technique.

Nebraska paid Atavus $100,00 last year to provide training to coaches and design drills for players. The school was to pay $80,000 this year but exercised a clause allowing it to terminate the contract for any reason before Jan. 15.


Buckeyes' backup QB breaks throwing hand

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State backup quarterback Joe Burrow will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking his throwing hand in practice.

An Ohio State spokesman says Burrow, a redshirt sophomore, had surgery after breaking a bone in his right hand during practice on Monday.


Longtime Stanford announcer Murphy dies

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) Bob Murphy, the longtime voice of Stanford University sports who brought a folksy sense of community to his commentary for more than four decades, has died. He was 86.

Murphy died Tuesday in Santa Cruz of complications from Alzheimer's disease. The school said in a statement that he had the disease for several years.

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