Sunday, April 13, 2008

Reporters' Notebooks

Iliana Limon and Robyn Shelton, Orlando Sentinel: Ereck Plancher, the Central Florida player who died after a workout on May 18, passed two physicals, which team officials say gave them no reason to conduct advanced heart tests that might have uncovered potential problems.

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn State's offseason of horrors continued when starting outside linebacker Sean Lee, an All-American candidate who was expected to be named a team captain, suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Randy King, Roanoke Times: Virginia Tech lost another tailback. Jahre Cheeseman suffered a broken left fibula in Saturday's scrimmage. The injury came a day after the team learned that No. 1 tailback Kenny Lewis will undergo left shoulder surgery Tuesday and could be out from four to six months.

Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: Former Oklahoma receiver Malcolm Kelly will get another chance at running the 40-yard dash, this time on AstroTurf.

Andrea Cohen, Oklahoman: Renovations on Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium remain on schedule, with construction on the west end zone (that's right, the Cowboys' field runs east-west, not north-south) expected to be completed in time for the home opener.

Terry J. Wood, Northwest Arkansas Times: Arkansas is working on a new silent snap count routine to help the offense deal with noisy fans at Southeastern Conference road games.

Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: Entering its last week of spring practice, Notre Dame would appear to be strongest in the secondary. The team is most fragile at quarterback and defensive line.

Barry Jackson, Miami Herald: Crowds gather each day to watch crews demolish the Orange Bowl. Said one spectator: ''I came here to say my private farewell to this grand old stadium . . . and I almost cried when I saw what was happening."

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