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Vols QB Maurer a game-time call vs. Tide

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says quarterback Brian Maurer's status for the Volunteers' Saturday matchup at No. 1 Alabama will be a game-time decision after the freshman sustained a concussion last week.

Pruitt had said Monday that Maurer had taken some reps at the previous night's practice and added that "he's going to be fine, I'm sure." Pruitt updated Maurer's situation after Tennessee's Wednesday practice.

Maurer dove and landed head-first at the end of a 13-yard scramble late in the first half of a 20-10 victory over Mississippi State. He remained in the game for three more plays, went to the sideline after the end of that series and didn't play again the rest of the afternoon.


FBS targeting penalties down 32 percent

The number of enforced targeting penalties is down 32% in the Football Bowl Subdivision compared with the first seven weeks of the 2018 season, the NCAA said Wednesday.

Targeting, the act of striking a defenseless opponent above the shoulders or using the crown of the helmet to contact an opponent, has been one of the college game's biggest player-safety concerns for a decade.


Oregon's defense off to historic start

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio says Oregon's defense in practice is as good as - or even better than - some of the teams the Ducks have faced so far.

"It's like game day, every day out there in practice. Game day," he said.


Burrow leads Midseason All-America Team

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who is on a record-breaking pace during the first half of the season, and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor highlight The Associated Press midseason All-America team released Tuesday.

No. 2 LSU, No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 12 Oregon each placed three players on the first team, tying for the most of any school on the team presented by Regions Bank.


Clemson going with 2 kickers vs. Cards

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he will used kicker B.T. Potter on kickoffs and long field goal tries when the third-ranked Tigers play at Louisville this week.

Swinney angrily shouted at Potter after he missed a 24-yard kick right before halftime in a 45-14 win over Florida State on Saturday. Swinney followed Potter down the sidelines, yelling as he walked. Steven Sawicki kicked for Clemson (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) the rest of the game and Swinney said Potter was second string after the game.


LSU WR Marshall not ready to return

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron says receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. won't be ready to return from a foot injury when the second-ranked Tigers visit Mississippi State on Saturday.

Marshall has missed two games since injuring his right foot during a victory at Vanderbilt on Sept. 21.


MSU's passing woes hindering RB Hill

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State's lack of a consistent passing attack is hampering running back Kylin Hill's production.

With opposing defenses loading up to stop the ground game, Hill has been held below 50 yards in each of Mississippi State's last two games. Teams began focusing on Hill after he rushed for over 100 yards in each of his first four games this year.


Baylor upperclassmen see turnaround

WACO, Texas (AP) Big and versatile Sam Tecklenburg found it hard to think about when Baylor would be good again while the Bears were losing all those games his sophomore season two years ago.

That was Matt Rhule's first season, which the coach described as unbelievably difficult "because you see the guys, they work hard all week and then they're just dejected every game."


Louisville QB Pass done for season

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville says redshirt junior quarterback Jawon Pass will miss the rest of this season after having surgery for an injured right toe that has sidelined him the past four games.

Pass started the Cardinals' first two contests and was injured in the opener against Notre Dame. He completed 12 of 19 passes for a career-best four touchdowns and 196 yards in a win over Eastern Kentucky. He then missed the next game against Western Kentucky with what the program said was a lower extremity injury.


Transfers key to SMU's strong start

DALLAS (AP) Shane Buechele is having the kind of season so many envisioned after the quarterback started all 12 games as a true freshman in the Big 12 Conference three years ago.

While still in Texas, Buechele is closer to home with undefeated No. 19 SMU, where he is among 15 players who were once at other Power Five schools. The quarterback is one of 10 of those transfers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.