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Injured Bosa leaves OSU to prep for NFL

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Injured defensive end Nick Bosa has decided to leave school to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft in the spring, Ohio State said Tuesday.

The junior All-American from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, already had four sacks this season when he suffered a core muscle injury on Sept. 15 in the third game of the season. He had surgery five days later, and no timetable was set for his return to the team.

Considered one of the best players in college football, Bosa had left no doubt that he would leave school after this season to enter the draft. He planned to follow the same path as his older brother, Joey, who left Ohio State a year early and now plays for the Los Angeles Chargers.


Cards TE threatened to kill girlfriend

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville football player Kemari Averett was charged Tuesday with putting a gun to his girlfriend's head and threatening to kill her. The tight end was suspended from the team.

The 20-year-old sophomore remains in Louisville Metro jail on $10,000 bond after pleading not guilty and faces an Oct. 26 hearing. University police charged him with first-degree wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault.


Minnesota RB Brooks' status 'evolving'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks has returned to the team following his weekend arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault.

Coach P.J. Fleck said Tuesday that the senior's playing status was "evolving." No charges had been filed as of Tuesday stemming from the alleged incident between Brooks and his male roommate. No injuries were reported. Brooks was jailed Sunday and released Monday.


Iowa State to appeal $25K Big 12 fine

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen said Tuesday the university will appeal a $25,000 fine levied by the Big 12 Conference for violating postgame celebration policies when fans stormed the field following a home win over West Virginia last weekend.

The league told Iowa State that Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had determined university officers did not take the "appropriate precautions to create a safe environment" for the Mountaineers. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was critical of school efforts, calling the scene "unprofessional" and suggesting his players were not in a "safe place."


FSU returns post-storm, bye week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State has returned to practice field following a bye week and in the wake of Hurricane Michael after a rocky start under first-year football coach Willie Taggart.

Hurricane Michael forced the school to shut down during the schedule off-week for football players. Taggart cut the practice schedule short and encouraged players to evacuate. All of the players returned safely, although defensive end Janarius Robinson, a Panama City, Florida native, lost his home when Hurricane Michael's eyewall came ashore just a few miles away.


Tide lead midseason AP All-America team

Tua Tagovailoa and four of his Alabama teammates highlight The Associated Press midseason All-America team.

Tagovailoa, the prolific quarterback of the top-ranked Crimson Tide, has 21 touchdown passes and no interceptions without having to attempt a pass in the fourth quarter because Alabama has been so thoroughly dominant. The Tide is averaging 53.6 points per game.


Injured Tenn. St. LB being transferred

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee State linebacker Christion Abercrombie will be discharged from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and transferred to an Atlanta facility as he continues his recovery from a serious head injury.

School officials tweeted Tuesday that Abercrombie will be transported to the Shepherd Center, a hospital that specializes in treating and rehabilitating patients with brain injuries. Abercrombie is in stable condition .


No. 19 Iowa has passing game soaring

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) For years, Iowa's passing game was stuck in a rut. The Hawkeyes have finally gotten untracked.

No. 19 Iowa (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) moved into the Top 25 for the first time this year on the strength of back-to-back road wins powered by junior quarterback Nate Stanley and a passing attack that opponents have to respect.


No. 22 Miss. St. to rely on running game

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead knows that senior Nick Fitzgerald can "throw a ball over a mountain."

And like most quarterbacks, Fitzgerald loves to show off that arm strength.


Terps excel under unique circumstances

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) When he first got the job as Maryland's interim football coach, Matt Canada decided it would be best to handle the uncertainty of the position one day at a time.

The days turned into months. Now, with the Terrapins are halfway through their schedule, Canada's status - and approach - remains unchanged.

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