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Ex-RB Benson dies in motorcycle accident

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Former NFL running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36.

Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in the wreck Saturday night. He had no details about the accident.

Benson was a key player in the Longhorns' resurgence under coach Mack Brown, who said Sunday that Benson's death has left him grief-stricken.

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OSU's Dobbins: I'm best RB in nation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Despite running for 1,053 yards and 10 touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins says last season was a frustrating personal failure.

"I didn't make defenses fear me as I should," the Ohio State tailback said while vowing to bounce back in 2019.

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UNC QB Howell to get 1st-team reps

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Mack Brown says true freshman quarterback Sam Howell will start working with the first-team offense in preseason practices.

Brown said Sunday that Howell's consistency had given him an edge in a three-way competition with redshirt freshmen Cade Fortin and Jace Ruder. The plan is for Fortin and Ruder to split reps behind Howell with just less than two weeks to go until the opener against South Carolina in Charlotte on Aug. 31.

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Wake Forest to start Newman at QB

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Jamie Newman will begin the season as Wake Forest's starting quarterback.

Coach Dave Clawson announced the decision Sunday to start Newman ahead of sophomore Sam Hartman.

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Gamecocks TE retires due to spinal cyst

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina tight end Kiel Pollard is giving up football after a cyst was found on his spinal cord.

The Gamecocks announced Pollard's decision Friday.

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Oklahoma QB Hurts cramming for season

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Jalen Hurts has had all the answers since transferring from Alabama in January.

One question had the new Oklahoma quarterback stumped. When asked what he does besides football and studying, he paused.

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Former South Carolina AD McGee dies

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Former Southern California and South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee, a former Outland Trophy winner at Duke who hired Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier to lead Gamecocks football, died Friday. He was 80.

The University of South Carolina announced McGee's death, while Southern California said he died of natural causes at his home in Montrose, Colorado.

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Retooled Navy seeking bounce-back year

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) In the wake of his worst season Navy's football coach, Ken Niumatalolo made widespread changes to his standard formula for success.

The Midshipmen went 3-10 in 2018, losing to both Army and Air Force. It was their fewest wins 2002 and only their second sub-.500 season since Niumatalolo took over in December 2007.

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Army aims to keep rolling under Monken

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Entering his sixth season at Army, coach Jeff Monken is in a very good place - 29 wins in three seasons and a team that's driven to keep the excellence going.

The Black Knights are coming off an academy-record, 11-win season and their first national ranking - No. 19 - since 1996, so the bar's set pretty high.

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Tennessee to sell alcohol at home games

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee is the latest Southeastern Conference school to sell alcoholic beverages at upcoming home football games.

School officials say alcohol sales will begin with the second home game Sept. 7 game against Brigham Young.

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