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© St. Petersburg Times, published August 25, 2000

Butkus Award candidates are announced

ORLANDO -- The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando Thursday announced its list of 70 candidate for the Butkus Award, which is given to the nation's top linebacker.

Fourteen are repeat candidates, including North Carolina's Brendan Spoon, making his fourth appearance on the list.

Dan Morgan of Miami and Byron Thweatt of Virginia are three-time candidates, while 11 candidates are making a second appearance on the list: Florida State's Tommy Polley, Colorado State's Rick Crowell, UCLA's Ryan Nece, Utah's Kautai Oleavo, Tulane's Jerry Phillips, Memphis' Kamal Shakir, Fresno State's Tim Skipper, Temple's Taylor Suman, Colorado's Jashon Sykes, North Carolina State's Clayton White and Vanderbilt's Jamie Winborn.

The award is named after former Illinois and Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus. The list will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists Oct. 19. This year's winner will be announced Dec. 8.

Michigan's Henson has surgery

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Drew Henson, who paid his dues as an understudy for two seasons, will have to wait a few more weeks before he'll be Michigan's starting quarterback.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior had surgery for a fractured right foot and will miss at least the team's Sept. 2 game against Bowling Green, coach Lloyd Carr said.

Doctors told the coaching staff players are typically out 3-6 weeks for a fracture of this type.

"It's going to come down to how fast it heals," Carr said. "He's not going to play until he feels ready."

Henson broke the foot Wednesday while he was trying to avoid a rushing defensive back during practice. He planted his right foot and changed direction.

ARKANSAS: Freshman cornerback Lawrence Richardson was unable to get a waiver of eligibility requirements from the NCAA, and won't be able to play this fall.

Coach Houston Nutt said the decision was a disappointment, not just for the team but for Richardson, who had been granted permission as a partial qualifier to practice.

"That's what's tough," Nutt said. "He's going to get to see us leave on Fridays and he won't be able to get on that bus. He can do everything but get on that bus."

MARSHALL: Shyrone Carey isn't at school after all. Media reports said Carey, a freshman who failed to qualify academically at Tennessee, enrolled in classes at Marshall, where his brother, Brandon, is a tailback.

"He's not on campus right now," Jake Keys, an assistant sports information director, said. "I can't say where he is."

Shyrone Carey, considered one of the nation's top prospects, failed to meet the NCAA's minimum-required score on his entrance exam.

CBS GETS SEC TITLE RIGHTS: CBS acquired broadcast rights for the 2001 SEC Championship Game. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The game will be played Dec. 1 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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