Deacons WR could move to backfield

Compiled from Times wires
Published November 1, 2006

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest's injury-depleted backfield is in need of a lift, and one of its wide receivers is stepping in to help.

The 22nd-ranked Demon Deacons are giving Kenneth Moore snaps at running back as they prepare for Saturday's game against No. 16 Boston College, hoping the redshirt junior can be the latest fill-in after losing their top two options to injury.

Coach Jim Grobe said Tuesday he probably won't decide whether Moore starts at tailback for the Demon Deacons (7-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) until Saturday. But he sounded pretty certain Moore will get some carries against the Eagles (7-1, 3-1).

"He's going to play there I think unless he just hyperventilates this week," Grobe said. "We're running out. We can't get anybody else hurt."

Moore's chance comes after Kevin Harris sprained a knee ligament in last weekend's win at North Carolina. Harris had run for most of his 349 yards this year after top tailback Micah Andrews was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Sept. 16.

ALABAMA: Quarterback John Parker Wilson said his injured left ankle recovered faster than he expected and didn't limit him in practice. Coach Mike Shula said he also expects receiver Keith Brown to return Saturday against Mississippi State after missing the past two games with a left knee injury.

MISSISSIPPI ST.: Freshman wide receiver Keith Mills has been dismissed from the team and faces disciplinary action from the university, the school announced. Mills, from Alexandria, La., was arrested Monday night on charges of burglary and uttering forgery, the university said in a statement.

OHIO STATE: A concussion could sideline defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock for the second consecutive game Saturday at Illinois. Pitcock, who anchors the Buckeyes' line, was a surprise scratch for last weekend's 44-0 victory over Minnesota. He leads the team in sacks with seven and is second in tackles for loss with nine.

WEBER STATE: Coach Ron McBride was suspended for a game after criticizing an official who worked the Wildcats' 24-18 loss to Montana State. McBride will not be on the sideline Saturday when the school plays Eastern Washington, the Big Sky Conference said.

BROADCASTER DISCIPLINED: Former NFL receiver Brian Kinchen will not work as an ESPNU commentator this week because of a comment he made during Saturday's broadcast of the Northern Illinois-Iowa game. Kinchen was explaining the need for receivers to make catches with their hands because they are "tender" and can "caress" the ball. He then paused and said, "That's kind of gay, but hey. ..." "The comments were inappropriate, and we apologize for them," said ESPN's vice president of public relations Josh Krulewitz. Kinchen's future with ESPNU is under review, Krulewitz said.