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UF players garner awards

By wire services
Published December 10, 2003

GAINESVILLE - Florida offensive lineman Shannon Snell, a Tampa native, and defensive back Keiwan Ratliff were named All-Americans by the Sporting News on Tuesday. Tight end Ben Troupe was named to the second team.

Florida quarterback Chris Leak, linebacker Channing Crowder and defensive tackle Ray McDonald, along with Miami kicker Jon Peattie, a Countryside High graduate, were named to the freshman All-America team.

Miami receiver Ryan Moore and kick returner Devin Hester, and Wharton High graduate Larry Edwards, a linebacker for North Carolina made the second team. South Florida linebacker Stephen Nicholas, Miami defensive end Baraka Atkins and Florida punter Eric Wilbur were named to the third team.

Also, the All-SEC Coaches Team was announced and Florida has three first-team selections and four second-teamers.

Troupe, Ratliff and offensive lineman Max Starks garnered first-team honors. Crowder, center Mike Degory, defensive lineman Bobby McCray and defensive back Daryl Dixon were selected for the second-team.

Sherrill lashes out

JACKSON, Miss. - Former Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill lashed out at the NCAA, accusing it of distorting facts about claims he offered gifts to recruits.

"I think there is a group of people that went after Mississippi State," he told the Associated Press. "The investigator didn't want to know the truth when he was given information."

Mississippi State released an NCAA report Monday, detailing 13 alleged violations by the school's program from 1998-2002.

Sherrill, who retired last month after 13 years with MSU, was accused of making offers of improper benefits to two recruits. He denied the allegations.

In other news, J.B. Grimes of East Carolina was hired as offensive line coach.

ARMY: Bobby Ross was hired as coach, returning to football after resigning as the Lions coach three years ago. His experience is vast: Ross coached the Chargers to the Super Bowl in 1995 and won a national title at Georgia Tech in 1990.

AUBURN: Coach Tommy Tuberville is in negotiations for a contract extension with president William Walker and athletic director David Housel, a few weeks after Tuberville nearly lost his job. Tuberville's contract, which pays about $1.6-million annually, expires Dec. 31, 2007 and would likely be extended one year.

BLUE-GRAY: Northern Illinois coach Joe Novak and Marshall's Bob Pruett will coach the Blue team in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic on Christmas Day. Baylor coach Guy Morriss and John Bunting of North Carolina agreed to coach the Gray squad in the showcase for seniors hoping to make the NFL.

CLEMSON: The school will use collapsible goal posts next season to improve safety at Death Valley, athletic director Terry Don Phillips.

FLORIDA: Offensive tackle Jonathan Colon may miss the Outback Bowl with a recurring back injury, coach Ron Zook said.

Colon has been hampered this season with several injuries, including his back and knee.

"It's not the same injury in his back (as previously), but in a lower place," Zook said. "They are trying to treat it and see what happens."

Zook said there are no other significant injuries heading into the bowl game.

"Other than that (Colon), we're in great shape," he said.

PURDUE: Coach Joe Tiller received a three-year contract extension through 2010 after leading the Boilermakers to their seventh consecutive bowl game. Terms weren't given.

UCF: Linebacker Antoine Poe was released from a rehabilitation hospital after injuring his spinal cord making a tackle last month. He spent two days in intensive care, and will continue with outpatient therapy.

GROZA AWARD: Mississippi's Jonathan Nichols won the award given annually to the nation's top kicker.

- Times staff writer Pete Young contributed to this report.

[Last modified December 10, 2003, 01:34:25]


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