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Tide QB Tagovailoa suffers thumb injury

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throws during the NCAA college football team's spring practice Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/ via AP)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama's quarterback competition could be on hold, at least briefly.

The defending national champion Crimson Tide opened spring practice Tuesday with an intriguing battle between two-year starter Jalen Hurts, who's 26-2 in that role, and title game hero Tua Tagovailoa. It won't hit full steam until Tagovailoa recovers from a thumb injury on his throwing hand that he sustained in the first practice.

Coach Nick Saban said Tagovailoa would be evaluated in Birmingham to determine the nature of the injury.


Notre Dame still well stocked on O-line

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) An NFL talent evaluator turned to two rivals Thursday at Notre Dame's Pro Day and stated the obvious to knowing nods.

"I guess we don't need to check their times in the 40," he joked after watching the impressive workouts by All-America offensive linemen Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey, who are expected to be first-round NFL draft picks.


UNC hires ex-Vols assistant Gillespie

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has hired Robert Gillespie as an assistant football coach.

The school announced the move Wednesday. Gillespie had spent the past five seasons as running backs coach at Tennessee under former coach Butch Jones. He was initially expected to stay on under new coach Jeremy Pruitt before the two sides parted ways in February, with Pruitt hiring Chris Weinke.


New vibe at Taggart's first FSU practice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Willie Taggart's first practice at Florida State on Wednesday definitely had a different tone compared to his predecessor.

It also began a lot earlier.


McElwain takes loss on Florida home sale

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Coach Jim McElwain took another loss three months after he left Florida.

McElwain sold his 11,000-square-foot home in Gainesville in late January for $1.4 million, $400,000 less than he paid for it in May 2015. The house was McElwain's final tie to the area.


Former Ohio St. captain Brown dies at 84

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Leo Brown, Ohio State's first black football captain, has died. He was 84.

Ohio State confirmed the death Wednesday through Brown's nephew, Henry Brown, saying the former football player died last weekend at his home in Lakewood, Colorado.


Georgia aims to put behind crushing loss

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) It's been more than two months since that last play.

The one that cost Georgia a national championship.


James watches most of FSU's Pro Day

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Derwin James considers himself one of the best players in this year's NFL draft and during Florida State's Pro Day the safety made a calculated decision.

He surprised many by not doing any position drills on Tuesday.


Vols' Pruitt seeks competitors in camp

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt is looking for one thing in particular as he begins his first spring practice as a head coach.

"We want to see who the competitors are," Pruitt said Tuesday after Tennessee completed its first practice. "We want to see who handles adversity."


Buffalo hires Memphis' Alnutt as new AD

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) The University at Buffalo has hired Mark Alnutt to take over as athletic director.

Alnutt spent the previous three years at Memphis, where he was the school's deputy director of athletics. He replaces Allen Greene, who was hired in January to take over as Auburn's athletic director.

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