Colorado players cleared by NCAA

Updated: September 8, 2005, 8:36 AM ET
Associated Press

Colorado: Coach Gary Barnett said cornerback Gardner McKay, whose NCAA clearinghouse issues have been cleared up, will likely play this week.

Same with freshmen defensive lineman George Hypolite and cornerback Ben Burney. In fact, the coach expects to give a handful of freshmen their first action of the season.

"We have a number of kids who can run a little bit and we have to get them ready for the long haul," Barnett said. "While they might not have been ready for CSU, what it means to be on the field for the first time against a big rival, a week later they're a little more used to the atmosphere."

Iowa: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz still doesn't know if he'll have cornerback Antwan Allen for the eighth-ranked Hawkeyes game at Iowa State.

Ferentz suspended Allen for last week's opener with Ball State after the senior from Tampa, Fla., was convicted on an assault charge, ending his 38-game streak as a starter. But Allen could face additional discipline under the university's student-athlete conduct code. That hasn't been decided yet.

So will he play?

"I think it's possible," Ferentz said. "Probable? I don't know."

Wisconsin: Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez knows Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs is good, but 458 yards passing and five touchdowns was too much to take. So, he's shuffling the lineup for Saturday's game against Temple.

Redshirt freshman Allen Langford replaces senior Levonne Rowan at left cornerback and junior Joe Stellmacher replaces junior Johnny White at strong safety.

"A couple of our guys, I don't know why they did practice. They could have done what they did just by showing up on Saturday," Alvarez said of the 56-42 victory. "That's disappointing. We may take a look at some of the freshmen and give them more reps and see if they can give us what we're looking for."

New Mexico: Backup quarterback Chris Nelson has returned to the Lobo football squad after pleading guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Nelson, who returned to practice Tuesday, was the second-string quarterback before he was arrested Aug. 28.

"I just wanted to come out here and do one thing, and that was to apologize to everybody," Nelson said before practice.

"I made a mistake. I'm just looking for a second chance from a lot of people. I just want to move on. I hope everybody else is," he said.

Dan Dodd, the Lobos' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, will determine whether Nelson will return as the backup for Kole McKamey for New Mexico's game Saturday at Missouri, Lobo coach Rocky Long said.

Nelson remains on probation with the Lobo football program, Long said.

"If he does anything else of similar situations, he probably won't be on this football team," Long said.

Nelson, 21, entered his plea Friday and was sentenced to a first-offender DWI program on the misdemeanor charge, including 48 hours of community service.

Nelson, a junior, transferred in January from Garden City Community College in Kansas.

Colorado State: Fullback Nnamdi Ohaeri and cornerback Darryl Williams are injured and will miss Saturday's game at Minnesota.

Ohaeri, a transfer from UCLA, suffered a high ankle sprain in last weekend's 31-28 loss at Colorado and will likely miss at least four weeks, the team said Tuesday. He will be replaced by Jimmy Green.

Williams suffered a concussion in the Colorado game, coach Sonny Lubick said. He likely will be replaced by Brandon Cathy, Liddon Levine and Mike Myers.

Two other projected starters are out with injuries. Safety Ben Stratton tore an anterior cruciate ligament in preseason practice and linebacker Luke Adkins' has not practiced because his surgically repaired knee is still painful.

The Rams depart for Minneapolis on Friday.

Arkansas Razorbacks: Offensive lineman Zac Tubbs will likely miss the Southeastern Conference opener against Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Coach Houston Nutt said that Tubbs, who sprained his right ankle in practice on Aug. 13, has been progressing slower than hoped. Tubbs, a preseason second-team All-SEC selection, was expected to give the Razorbacks' offensive line a boost this year after returning from another injury. He broke his left fibula in 2004 and has had related ankle ligament tears.

Arkansas' offensive line didn't need Tubbs in last weekend's 49-17 win over Missouri State. The Razorbacks ran for 483 yards and lead the nation in rushing offense after one game.

Washington State: Coach Bill Doba is taking some extra steps to make sure the Cougars keep their minds on football during their first-ever visit to Reno.

But he said this year's squad seems to be especially serious and mature so he doesn't expect to have to impose an outright ban on gambling during the trip to face Nevada in Friday's 7 p.m. game on ESPN.

"I think there are probably some distractions with the casinos and the gambling and all that stuff, so we are staying at a hotel near the airport so we're not downtown," Doba said.

"We try to emphasize to the kids it is a business trip. We are not there to gamble or have a good time," he said.

Nebraska: During his recruiting visit to Nebraska last December, an assistant coach told Zac Taylor that Wake Forest was on the Cornhuskers' schedule this year.

"I was stunned. I thought he was messing with me at first," Taylor said.

Not that Taylor has any ill will toward his old school. He said he just finds it weird that Nebraska is playing the Demon Deacons, of all teams, in his second game as a Cornhusker.

"I never could have imagined a situation like this," Taylor said. "It'll be a lot of fun. Everything will be put aside once the game starts, and then it'll be just another game."

Taylor, who transferred to Nebraska in January from Butler County Community College in Kansas, originally signed with Wake Forest in 2002 out of Norman (Okla.) High School.

Taylor said he left Wake Forest because he didn't think he could beat out the two quarterbacks ahead of him -- current starter Ben Mauk and backup Cory Randolph.


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