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Malzahn: QB Marshall won't start opener

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and cornerback Jonathon Mincy won't start in the Tigers' opener against Arkansas, while starting guard Alex Kozan is out for the season.

Coach Gus Malzahn made those announcements Friday after the defending Southeastern Conference champions finished their first practice of preseason camp. He didn't say how long Marshall or Mincy will remain on the bench against the Razorbacks on Aug. 30.

Marshall was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and a window tint violation during a July 11 traffic stop in Georgia. His mother paid the $1,100 in fines.

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Tide open with QB competition, 3 banned

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama opened preseason camp with a quarterback competition, several suspended players and a focus on rebounding from a pair of season-ending defeats.

The Crimson Tide veterans hit the practice field Friday with starting nose guard Brandon Ivory, fellow defensive lineman Jarran Reed and linebacker Tim Williams suspended for violating team rules, but also with a prominent newcomer throwing passes.

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Georgia WR Mitchell injures knee again

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell has endured another setback in his bid to rejoin the Bulldogs.

Mitchell, who was regarded as the team's top receiver going into the 2013 season, underwent arthroscopic surgery after re-injuring his right knee running pass routes with teammates this week.

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Pittsburgh suspends DB Howard for 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh sophomore defensive back Titus Howard has been suspended for the 2014 season by coach Paul Chryst.

Chryst cited disciplinary reasons when handing out the suspension Friday.

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Richt downplays Georgia off-field issues

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) A series of arrests. Players kicked off the team. It's been a tumultuous offseason for the Georgia Bulldogs, raising questions about the way coach Mark Richt runs the program.

Richt insists there are no major issues, just a few bad apples.

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Huskers motivated to prove critics wrong

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska's prideful football program goes into 2014 teetering on the edge of national relevance after 10 straight years with no fewer than four losses. Even in the Big Ten, the Cornhuskers are lumped in the second tier of championship contenders.

Some players said Friday they don't put stock in the Big Ten media poll that placed the Huskers third behind Wisconsin and Iowa in the new West Division.

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Ole Miss eyes to go from 'good to great'

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Coach Hugh Freeze has just about mastered the self-effacing, aw-shucks attitude that has helped his Mississippi football program escape lofty expectations.

There's too much talent on the Rebels' roster to avoid that now.

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Irish's Kelly: QB position isn't settled

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Coach Brian Kelly is heading into preseason workouts without knowing who will start at quarterback for Notre Dame, insisting it's not the foregone conclusion many believe.

"I'm not playing a game where we're trying to create artificial competition within the ranks," he said at a news conference Friday. "I think we have competition for that particular role to show itself. I think it can show itself. When it does, we'll be ready to make that declaration. It just hasn't shown itself yet."

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Wisconsin RB Gordon takes leading role

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Melvin Gordon jumped in front of the pack of running backs getting ready for a group picture to strike a muscular pose for the cameras.

Wisconsin's star junior always seems like he's a couple steps ahead of the competition.

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Clemson's focus again on quarterbacks

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson's focus at the start of fall camp is again on its quarterbacks, though for a different reason than the previous two seasons.

Then it was seeing how far record-breaking passer Tajh Boyd could lead the Tigers. Now, it's about who will follow Boyd behind center and to see if he can keep Clemson's high-energy offense on the move.

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