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Clemson turns to freshman Lawrence at QB

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Freshman Trevor Lawrence is the new starting quarterback for third-ranked Clemson, replacing senior Kelly Bryant. - for now.

The move doesn't mean Bryant is being benched, or won't regain the starting spot. Though Clemson coach Dabo Swinney isn't saying much about the change.

The team announced the decision Monday, a day after Swinney cut off potential quarterback questions on a teleconference Sunday night.


Hokies QB Jackson to have leg surgery

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson has a broken left fibula and will have surgery.

Coach Justin Fuente made the announcement Monday. The coach said the surgery will take place Tuesday, but gave no timetable for how long Jackson will be sidelined.


WR McCleskey set to leave Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Wide receiver Jalen McCleskey will sit out the rest of the season as a redshirt and prepare to transfer out of Oklahoma State.

McCleskey had four receptions for 52 yards on Saturday in a 41-17 loss to Texas Tech. He is second on Oklahoma State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) with 15 receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns this season.


New NCAA policy allows easier transfer

A new NCAA policy that makes it easier to redshirt football players comes with an unintended consequence: Players can now choose to save their eligibility by leaving teams after participating in four games, with plans to transfer and use the saved year at a new school.

Several upperclassmen who would have been out of eligibility had they kept playing this season have already taken this route, including Oklahoma State receiver Jalen McCleskey, a senior with 167 career catches.


Northwestern top RB retires due to neck

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern leading rusher Jeremy Larkin is retiring from football after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis, a condition that causes narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck and upper back.

Northwestern said Monday that Larkin's condition is not life threatening, but prevents him from playing.


LB Sapp still on Vols after incident

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says linebacker Quart'e Sapp remains a part of the team after the coach and linebacker offered conflicting accounts of a sideline incident.

Pruitt had said Saturday after Tennessee's 47-21 loss to Florida that he asked Sapp to leave the sideline after the linebacker refused a request to enter the game. Sapp tweeted Sunday that "I never was asked nor did I ever refuse to go into the game."


Purdue QB Blough to start vs. Nebraska

David Blough waited his turn at Purdue.

Now, he's re-entrenched himself as the No. 1 quarterback.


Huskers' Frost: We can win Purdue game

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) First-year coach Scott Frost warned last week things could get worse for winless Nebraska before they get better.

Anyone who watched 14th-ranked Michigan's 56-10 throttling of the Cornhuskers on Saturday would be hard-pressed to imagine how things could get worse than they are now.


4-0 Syracuse focused on No. 3 Clemson

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Dino Babers has never experienced this before in seven seasons as a head coach - his Syracuse Orange are undefeated after four games and received votes this week in the AP Top 25.

That's heady territory for a vagabond coach who's toiled for more than three decades at 14 different schools.


Texas hopes to end skid at Kansas State

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Longhorns have won two big games in front of raucous home crowds not seen at Royal-Memorial Stadium in years.

With postgame chants of "Texas Fight!" and the strains of "Eyes of Texas" still echoing in their ears, the Longhorns returned to the Top 25 at No. 18.

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