Wednesday, November 01, 2006

College Football News

Rutgers running back Ray Rice said the left ankle he injured late in Sunday night's 24-13 win over Connecticut is fine, a pronouncement that was probably a relief for the Scarlet Knights.

"It's just a little sore. I'm ready to go," Rice said Monday, a little more than 12 hours after the No. 15 Scarlet Knights improved to 8-0 by holding off the Huskies in one of their least impressive wins of the season.

The schedule will aid in Rice's recovery: Rutgers has 10 days before it plays host to No. 5 Louisville (7-0) in what is being billed as the biggest game at Rutgers in decades. Rice said he expects to play then.

The sophomore is the third-leading rusher in the nation, with 1,203 yards.

Florida quarterback Chris Leak said Monday that he didn't play with a concussion against Georgia.

"I just got dinged. No more than that," said Leak, who had a severe headache and blurred vision. " … It really didn't affect my play at all. I played through it and went through all my checks and all the plays, and I felt pretty good."

After Saturday's 21-14 victory, Leak told Coach Urban Meyer he felt as though he suffered a concussion in the first half. Leak told team trainers only that he had a headache. He took medication but didn't use the word "concussion" until after the game.

The No. 2 Wolverines might get their missing big-play receiver back Saturday against Ball State.

Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said wide reciever Mario Manningham would return to practice Tuesday after missing the team's past three games after knee surgery.

With Manningham out of the lineup, Michigan (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) has had to play even more conservatively than normal.

Henne threw 13 touchdown passes in those first six games, including nine to Manningham, but has managed only two in his last three outings.

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