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The Michigan Daily - SportsWednesday - September 5, 2001 - 23A

Changein
poll leaves
Miami first
jnation
NEW YORK (AP) - Larry Coker
has more than just his first coaching
victory at Miami. He has the No. 1
team in the nation.
Following a dominating 33-7 victo-
ry over Penn State, the Hurricanes
replaced the Florida Gators at No. I in
The Associated Press media poll on
Monday.
n this week's USA Today/ESPN
ches' poll, released Sunday, Flori-
da remained No. 1 and Miami No. 2.
Miami, winners of four national
titles, returned to the top spot in the
AP poll for the first time in nine years.
The Hurricanes were No. I at the end
of the 1992 regular season and fin-
ished No. 3 after losing to Alabama in
the '93 Sugar Bowl.
While Florida also won its opener
urday - 49-14 against Marshall
-- the Gators entered the season with
a 13-point edge and 12 fewer first-
place votes than the Hurricanes.
But now that both teams have
played a game, the voters were more
imrpressed with Miami's victory under
the 53-year-old Coker, a head coach
for the first time.

Suggs out
for season
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP)- Lee
Suggs wanted to go back in the game
after being sidelined by a knee injury
on Saturday. He'll have to wait until
next year.
The Virginia Tech tailback awoke
Sunday with swelling in his left knee,
an indication the tear in his anterior cru-
ciate ligament is new snd will require
season-ending surgery.
"He could possibly be ready for
spring ball," Hokies trainer Mike
Goforth said Sunday after he and the
school's medical team met with a
downcast Suggs and his family.
The surgery will probably occur
within two weeks, he said.
Earlier, Suggs arrived at the trainer's
office seeming to know the verdict.
"I feel pretty bad today," he told the
Hokies' sports information office.
"There's some swelling in the knee and
I think it's banged up pretty good. But
I'm hoping for the best come Monday
and we'll just have to wait until then
and see what the outcome is."
Now, the No. 9 Hokies will turn to
junior Keith Burnell as their starting
tailback, and figure to give heralded
freshman Kevin Jones a lot more work.
Burnell ran for 71 yards on nine car-
ries against the Huskies and scored on
runs on 3 and 2 yards. Jones, wearing
Michael Vick's old jersey No. 7, car-
ried 11 times for 63 yards, including a
23-yard burst that had Lane Stadium
abuzz.

Injuries take college football's best by storm
Nothing can change the outlook of a team's season like an injury to a key
player. During the first two weekends of college football's 2001 campaign,
four major contributors have already been sidelined - two for the entire
season.

Antoine Womack, Virginia running back
Al Groh's first season as Virginia coach took a turn for
the worse two weeks ago against Wisconsin when his
offensive star Womack injured his ankle. Womack led
the ACC in rushing last season and was a first-team
All-ACC selection. Virginia, already young and
unproven, will look to receiver Billy McMullen to carry
the load offensively. Womack is expected to return in
seven to nine weeks.

AP PHOTO

Anquan Boldin, Florida State receiver/quarterback
Bobby Bowden's Seminoles always seem to bounce
back from their personnel losses - but this one might
not be so easy to overcome. Not only was Boldin
expected to contribute at receiver, but he also was in
competition for the starting quarterback job. Florida
State will look to receivers Talman Gardner and
Atrews Bell to make up for Boldin's season-long
APPHOTO absence.

AP PHOTO
First-year coach Larry Coker's Hurricanes dismantled Penn State 33-7 on Saturday.

In Monday's voting by the 72
sports writers and broadcasters on the
AP panel, Miami received 37 first-
place votes and 1,737 points. Florida
had 19 first-place votes and 1,721
points. The team with the most total
points gets the No. 1 ranking.
Last week, Miami out-first-placed
Florida 33-21, but the Gators out-
pointed the 'Canes 1,723-1,710. Vot-
ing in the AP poll awards teams 25
points for first place, 24 for second,
23 for third and down to 1 point for
25th place.
.V

"It's very gratifying to be ranked
No. 1 and it's good to see the respect
of the national media coming off the
win over Penn State," Coker said.
"Obviously it speaks well for the rep-
utation of the program and for the job
the players and coaches have done
here."
Spurrier wasn't upset with his
team's drop to No. 2.
"They were more impressive.
That's OK," he said Monday. "They
probably deserved it. We're not wor-
ried about that. No problem."

Lee Suggs, Virginia Tech running back
The "Suggs for Heisman" campaign didn't even get off
the ground. In the Hokies' opening game against Con-
necticut, Suggs injured his knee, on which he will soon
have surgery. Suggs was the Hokies' only hope for a
return to the national championship game with the
departure of superhuman quarterback Michael Vick.
Coach Frank Beamer will turn to heralded freshman
Kevin Jones and junior Keith Burnell to carry the Hokies
to the Big East title.

AP PHOTO

Donte Stallworth, Tennessee receiver
The Tennessee passing game has lacked firepower in the three years since
Peyton Manning's graduation, but the air attack seemed ready to resume its
success this season with sophomore Casey Clausen taking the snaps. With
Stallworth's wrist injury during last weekend's game against Syracuse, the
Vols will be without their big-play receiver for five to six weeks. Tennessee
must face SEC rival No. 2 Florida and No. 13 Louisiana State without their
top offensive threat. The Vols will look to senior Eric Parker to step up.

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