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Div. II player dies from in-game injury

In this Aug. 31, 2017, photo provided by Midwestern State University, cornerback Robert Grays gestures during a game against Quincy University in Wichita Falls, Texas. On Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, university officials released a statement mourning the death of Grays who died Tuesday, Sept. 20, after suffering a neck injury while making a tackle during a home game last weekend. (Zeno Ferguson/Midwestern State University via AP)

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.

Athletics department spokesman Blake Barington says Grays suffered a neck injury while making a tackle in the fourth quarter of a 35-13 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville. Grays was taken by ambulance to a Wichita Falls hospital, then transported to Houston.

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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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FBS sees huge spike in targeting calls

College football's Bowl Subdivision has seen a 73 percent increase in the number of targeting penalties enforced through the first three weeks of the season compared with the same point in 2016.

National coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said Wednesday that 55 targeting penalties have been enforced in 214 games (0.26 per game). Last year at this time, 35 targeting penalties had been enforced in 230 games (0.15).

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OLB Nwosu back at practice for No. 5 USC

LOS ANGELES (AP) The absences for No. 5 Southern California were offset by one big return Wednesday.

Outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu was back at practice, and coach Clay Helton was optimistic about the senior's chances of playing against unbeaten California on Saturday. Nwosu could provide a big lift for the Trojans, especially considering outside linebacker Porter Gustin (toe/biceps), defensive end Rasheem Green (ankle) and slot cornerback Ajene Harris (knee) were held out again.

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Clemson DE Rudolph sidelined for season

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson defensive end Logan Rudolph, the brother of Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, injured his shoulder at practice this week and will be lost for the season.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney announced Rudolph's status Wednesday. Swinney said the freshman will need surgery to fix his shoulder.

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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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Georgia's Eason practices, return unsure

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.

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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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