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Fisher: Suspension hit home for Winston

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was welcomed back to his starting position Monday by Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who said he didn't believe the quarterback's leadership role with the top-ranked Seminoles has suffered because of the notoriety that has followed Winston in recent months.

Winston stood by on the Seminole sidelines Saturday night as fellow redshirt sophomore Sean Maguire threw for 305 yards and one touchdown to help Florida State (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) eke out a 23-17 overtime win over a mistake-riddled Clemson team that had outplayed the Seminoles for much of the game. The Seminoles seek their 20th straight win Saturday at unbeaten North Carolina State (4-0).

Fisher said he hopes that last week's one-game suspension is a wakeup call for Winston, who has bounced from one incident to another during his time in Tallahassee.


Huskers' Abdullah: Winston must grow up

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, a candidate for this year's Heisman Trophy, says 2013 winner Jameis Winston of Florida State needs to clean up his act.

Abdullah and Winston both grew up in the Birmingham, Alabama, area and trained together at the same gym. He said he considers Winston a friend.


Injured ex-USC CB sues school, Kiffin

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Southern California cornerback Brian Baucham is suing the school and former coach Lane Kiffin, alleging he was forced to play in a game while ill.

A law firm representing Baucham, AgnewBrusavich, says it filed the suit Monday.


Vols dismiss RB Paulk for hitting woman

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has dismissed running back Treyvon Paulk from the team following a police report that he hit a woman in the mouth at a party.

According to a Knox County Sheriff's Office report, Chelsea Reese said Sunday that she was talking with Paulk, who she described as her ex-boyfriend, when an argument ensued. The report states Paulk "became very agitated and struck Ms. Reese in the mouth with his fist" and that Reese had cuts but refused medical treatment.


Baylor expects WR Goodley back at Iowa

WACO, Texas (AP) Seventh-ranked Baylor expects to get top receiver Antwan Goodley and some other injured players back for its Big 12 Conference opener.

Coach Art Briles said Monday that he expects that Goodley, receiver Corey Coleman and running back Devin Chafin "will be in the mix" when the Bears (3-0) play at Iowa State on Saturday night. All worked out during last week's open date.


Vanderbilt bans RB Kimbrow indefinitely

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt has suspended running back Brian Kimbrow indefinitely for what Commodores coach Derek Mason described as "conduct detrimental to the team."

The school announced Kimbrow's suspension Monday.


Missouri shuffles O-line after injuries

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri (3-1) will unveil a new-look offense Saturday at No. 13 South Carolina.

Brad McNulty is listed atop the depth chart at left guard after fifth-year senior Anthony Gatti tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in the team's 31-27 loss to Indiana last weekend. Connor McGovern will move back to right guard after starting at the position in all 14 games last season.


Nebraska expecting surprises from Illini

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and his players will prepare for Illinois this week with the understanding that some of what his defense sees in Saturday night's Big Ten opener will not necessarily have been something they saw in film study.

"They're a little bit of a flavor-of-the-week type offense," Pelini said Monday. "They have certain concepts they're going to do, but they change pretty drastically at times week to week. I know they came out against us last year and had that crazy set they showed us there for a while."


ECU, Mississippi State enter Top 25

(AP) -- East Carolina is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2008 and Mississippi State moved into the Top 25 for the first time in two seasons after breaking a long losing streak against LSU.

The top seven teams are the same as last week, starting with No. 1 Florida State, which escaped 23-17 in overtime against Clemson on Saturday night.


Clemson freshman QB Watson to start

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says five-star freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will get the start in the next game against North Carolina.

Swinney said Sunday that Watson's play in a 23-17 overtime loss to No. 1 Florida State earned him the right to start Saturday.

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