Friday, August 27, 2004

Replacing stars

When QB Carson Palmer took his Heisman Trophy to the NFL, USC hardlymissed a beat as Matt Leinart became a star for the Trojans. Three players being counted on to replace seemingly irreplaceable players:

MICHEAL SPURLOCK, QB, Mississippi - There might be no tougher job in college football than replacing a Manning. Eli, son of Rebels great Archie Manning and a Heisman finalist last year, was adored in Oxford. Spurlock is a different kind of player. At 6 feet tall, he's not a prototypical dropback passer. What he's got is great speed and a strong arm. The junior should be well prepared, despite having thrown just eight college passes.

GREG LEE, WR, Pittsburgh - Replacing Larry Fitzgerald, the Heisman runner-up, has gotten a lot tougher because of injuries. The team's two other experienced receivers, Terrell Allen (wrist) and Princell Brockenbrough (knee surgery), are both out for the season. Lee showed promise last season as a freshman with 10 catches for 211 yards.

KEVIN EVERETT, TE, Miami - After Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow Jr., it will be tough for the Hurricanes to match the production they've gotten from the tight end in recent years. Everett is best known for dropping a sure TD on a faked field goal against Virginia Tech. Hurricanes coaches like Everett's potential, though.

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