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COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT

Boise State tailback is likely out for the season

D.J. Harper, the team's second leading rusher, has a torn anterior ligament in his left knee.

September 22, 2009|Associated Press

Boise State running back D.J. Harper probably will miss the rest of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Harper, the team's second-leading rusher, was injured Friday in a 51-34 victory over Fresno State when he was smothered in the backfield late in the game.

Coach Chris Petersen said Harper was undergoing tests Monday, and team physicians are all but certain Harper will need surgery.

Arizona switch

Sophomore Nick Foles will make his first start at quarterback for Arizona on Saturday at Oregon State.

Foles will replace Matt Scott, who was four for 14 passing for 50 yards with one interception in a 27-17 loss at Iowa last week.

Bradford update

Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford attempted to go through quarterback drills with Oklahoma as he rehabilitates from a sprained right shoulder.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said after practice that Bradford "was doing more today than he's done."

Bradford has sat out the last two games for the No. 10 Sooners (2-1) after spraining the AC joint in his throwing shoulder just before halftime in the team's season-opening loss to Brigham Young.

Longhorn out

Texas senior middle linebacker Jared Norton, who was hurt in the Longhorns' first game, will have season-ending shoulder surgery.

Coach Mack Brown says he expects Norton to apply for a medical redshirt to get another year of eligibility.

San Jose change

Junior college transfer Lamon Muldrow will make his first major-college start at running back Saturday when San Jose State hosts Cal Poly.

Muldrow, the Spartans' leading rusher with 35 yards in their loss to Stanford last Saturday, takes over for sixth-year senior Pat Perry, who fumbled twice in the game.

Kiffin response

Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin says he put his Volunteers in the best position they could be in to beat Florida. Then he took one more shot at Gators Coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer said Sunday that he kept his game plan conservative in No. 1 Florida's 23-13 win after he thought the Volunteers didn't appear to be playing for a win. He also said several of his players had been hit by flu.

On Monday, Kiffin said he didn't want to respond to Meyer's comment. But asked whether he was worried about flu also hitting Tennessee, he said: "I don't know. I guess we'll wait and after we're not excited about a performance, we'll tell you everybody was sick."

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