Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Vincent Bonsignore, L.A. Daily News: UCLA defensive end Bruce Davis was having a stellar spring, then he suffered a left knee injury during the second-to-last spring practice.

B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News: It's clear that after only one day of spring practice at Colorado that new coach Dan Hawkins likes to keep everyone involved.

Dave Curtis, Orlando Sentinel: Florida coach Urban Meyer says he will not suspend three players for their roles in a gun incident last month.

Otis Kirk, Northwest Arkansas Times: Expect college coaches to be making several visits to Arkansas this fall. The state is brimming with prep talent.

Christopher Walsh, Tuscaloosa Times: Alabama may have an emerging star in running back Jimmy Johns (registration).

Tim Doherty, Clarion Ledger: Southern Mississippi middle linebacker Marcus Raines, who spent time in prison before joining the team, is making a favorable impression.

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Lorenzo Booker hasn't lived up to the billing, but the Florida State running back says he will be a difference-maker in 2006 (registration).

Joseph Person, Columbia State: With rain in the forecast, Steve Spurrier called an audible and ordered spring practice to start a day early. Also, a feature on running back Cory Boyd and five Gamecocks to watch this spring.

Will Vandervolt, Columbia State: Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, father of Lauren Bowden, says defense will determine how successful the Tigers can be in 2006.

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: Family came first for Sean Kugler, who left his job as an assistant with the Detroit Lions to join the staff at Boise State.

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii got good news when defensive end Melila Purcell III learned he met academic requirements to play as a fifth-year senior.

David White, Fresno Bee: Tom Brandstater, Sean Norton or Ryan Colburn. Those are your candidates to become Fresno State's starting quarterback.

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