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Newton will start at quarterback for Gamecocks

Updated: September 14, 2006, 9:12 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Steve Spurrier selected experience over youth Thursday night, choosing senior Syvelle Newton to start at quarterback over freshman Chris Smelley.

Newton has been a Spurrier favorite the past two seasons with the coach using him at quarterback, tailback and receiver last year until Newton tore his Achilles tendon.

Newton takes over for Blake Mitchell, who was arrested on a misdemeanor simple assault charge and suspended from the team Wednesday. "He's played a lot ...

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