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Published: Friday, January 17, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 10:01 p.m.
LOOKING FOR LINEMEN: Georgia, coming off a No. 3 ranking and its first Southeastern Conference title in 20 years, is relying on freshmen and new recruits to help replace seven down linemen. Six of the departing players are seniors, and the lone junior, Chris Hewitt, will graduate in the spring. Three true freshmen are likely to step in immediately - Josh Brock at guard, Russ Tanner at center and massive tackle Max Jean-Gilles. Randall Swoopes, Daniel Inman, Dennis Roland and Antonio Mercier also figure in the mix on the line, but some of the incoming freshmen could be good enough to make an impact. Of the seven incoming freshmen with scholarship offers, Zeb McKinzey, who helped Parkview win three consecutive state titles in Georgia's highest classification, and Trey Chandler, who played on Buford teams that won Class A and AA championships the last two years, are the top prospects. Ken Shackleford of Buford, Tommy Gainous of Cairo, Nick Jones of Bowdon, Fernando Velasco of Jefferson County and Carlton Medder of Groveland, Fla., are the others. Tight end Ben Watson, the last of four Georgia juniors to say he would forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft, decided Thursday to return for his senior season.
ARRESTS: Two N.C. State football players were arrested Thursday and charged with a felony for using a campus debit card that did not belong to them. Cornerback Marcus Hudson and linebacker Corrie Dawson used an all-campus card at a vending machine Tuesday that belonged to another student, N.C. State police said. The card is similar to a debit or credit card that can be used at various places on campus. The student told police that $344 was charged to his account before he realized the card was missing. Warrants were issued Thursday for the two players, who turned themselves in to campus police, sports information director Annabelle Vaughan said. Vaughan also said coach Chuck Amato has suspended Hudson and Dawson indefinitely from the football team. N.C. State officials declined to comment further on the incident, citing the student athlete code of conduct. Hudson started all 14 games for the No. 12 Wolfpack with three interceptions and 40 tackles. Dawson played in 10 games and had 27 tackles.
- Compiled from Sun wire reports