Winston plans on return after injury

Updated: December 20, 2004, 7:04 PM ET
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Miami: Junior offensive tackle Eric Winston said he will return for his senior season.

Winston said he is so intent on returning for his senior season that he hasn't bothered to petition the NFL's College Advisory Committee to assess where he might be selected in the draft.

Winston, 6-7 and 310 pounds, was regarded as a likely high first-round pick before sustaining a season-ending knee injury against Georgia Tech on Oct. 2. Winston underwent surgery on Oct. 7 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament.

"I'm coming back," he told the Palm Beach Post. "The only way I would have left was if I was going to be picked among the first five or 10 players. I don't see that happening now. I'm planning on being here (next season)."

Tennessee: Tennessee senior tailback Jabari Davis will not travel to the Cotton Bowl because he failed to meet academic requirements.

Davis, a high school Parade All-American, saw his playing time decrease dramatically in his final season. He had 587 yards as a sophomore and 565 last season compared to only 34 yards on 18 carries this season.

Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer announced Monday that Davis did not meet Southeastern Conference academic requirements for the fall semester.

Receiver Derrick Tinsley and linebacker Marvin Mitchell also were ruled ineligible for the bowl on Jan. 1 against Texas A&M.

However, both players are injured. Tinsley, a senior, was lost for the season when he broke a bone in his leg last month.

Mitchell, a junior, missed the entire season after having knee surgery in August.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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