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Clemson QB Watson: I won't miss a beat

(AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson believes he won't miss a beat despite sitting out all spring after knee ligament surgery. And the Tigers most dynamic player insists he'll return at full speed once he's cleared to cut loose this summer.

The slender signal-caller said he's on track for a full recovery heading into his sophomore year after an offseason of injuries and frustrations. Watson suffered injuries to his collarbone, a finger on his throwing hand and the ACL in his left knee during a late November practice.

Despite the knee injury, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Watson helped the Tigers end their five-game losing streak against South Carolina with a 35-17 victory. Watson had surgery two weeks later.


Cal to promote interim AD to full time

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California will name interim athletic director Mike Williams to the full-time job.

A person with knowledge of the plans said Monday that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is expected to announce Williams' promotion later this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news.


Cactus Bowl to move back to Chase Field

PHOENIX (AP) Due to construction work at Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, the Cactus Bowl will be played for the next three years at Chase Field in Phoenix, home of baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks.

The bowl game, which originated in Tucson, Arizona in 1989, moved to Chase Field in 2000 and was staged there until it moved to Sun Devil Stadium in 2006. When the new contract expired, the game could return to the renovated Sun Devil Stadium.


Freeze drives pace car at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Hugh Freeze knows a little something about speed and about NASCAR.

The Mississippi football coach uses NASCAR terms to describe the various tempos of his no-huddle offense. The fastest: Talladega.


Auburn dismisses DE Daniel after arrest

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has dismissed defensive end Elijah Daniel from the team, three days after the player's arrest.

Malzahn announced the decision Saturday in a brief statement. Auburn police arrested Daniel and two other men on theft and burglary charges Wednesday night after an investigation into items missing from dormitory rooms following spring break.


Police drop charges against Tide's Jones

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tuscaloosa police have dropped domestic violence charges against Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones.

Police said in a statement Friday that probable cause existed for the charges filed against Jones, but they were dropped because he "in fact attempted to deescalate the situation by contacting the Tuscaloosa Police Department."


Lockie impresses in Oregon's spring game

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) The search for Marcus Mariota' replacement has been the No. 1 story for Oregon this spring as Ducks await the arrival of former Eastern Washington star Vernon Adams in June.

On Saturday, Jeff Lockie showed he's ready to take on all challengers.


No Vols drafted for first time since '63

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has been shut out of the NFL draft for the first time since 1963.

When the seventh and final round ended Saturday without any Volunteers getting chosen, it ended a string of 51 consecutive drafts in which at least one Tennessee player was selected.


Nebraska WR cited for drug paraphernalia

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) University of Nebraska campus police say redshirt freshman wide receiver Jariah Tolbert has been ticketed on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Sgt. Dave Dibelka said Friday that Tolbert, 19, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, was cited early Thursday along with two 19-year-old women.


K-State extends AD Currie through 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State athletic director John Currie signed a restructured contract Friday that includes an extension through the 2020 academic year and increases his base salary to $775,000 annually.

The deal removes athletically related bonuses from his contract and turns the compensation into guaranteed salary. His previous agreement allowed him to earn up to 55 percent of his $575,000 salary in incentives up to a maximum of $316,250.

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