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No. 1 Alabama's Fowler to undergo knee surgery

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama running back Jalston Fowler is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Coach Nick Saban said Monday Fowler will undergo surgery on his left knee "and is most likely going to be out for the season." He didn't elaborate on the nature of the injury.

"Jalston's been a great player in the program, a great special teams guy, a great backup player for us and a really good attitude guy," Saban said. "A really good competitor. I know he feels badly and we feel badly, too, for him, that he can't be a part and continue to contribute to our team this year."

Fowler, who was injured in the Western Kentucky game last Saturday, is second on the top-ranked Crimson Tide with 85 yards on 11 carries.

The 245-pounder also serves as a lead blocker in the I-formation and is on punt and kick return teams.

Warford gets SEC accolades

Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell is the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones received defensive honor and Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis turned in the top special teams performance.

Russell completed 20 of 29 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns against Auburn.

Jones had nine tackles, two sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles against Missouri. He also recorded five quarterback pressures.

Sturgis hit a 51-yard field goal and scored eight points in Florida's 20-17 win at Texas A&M.

Co-offensive lineman of the week honors went to Kentucky guard Larry Warford and Mississippi guard A.J. Hawkins.

LSU end Sam Montgomery and Damontre Moore shared defensive line honors.

LSU cornerback Jalen Mills is freshman of the week.

Wis. sacks O-line coach

Wisconsin has replaced offensive line coach Mike Markuson just two games into the season.

Badgers coach Bret Bielema confirmed the move Monday. Bielema insisted it wasn't a knee-jerk reaction to the Badgers' disappointing start to the season, saying that he and Markuson have had several conversations about the direction the team was heading. Markuson will be replaced by Bart Miller, a graduate assistant.

The Badgers have fallen out of the Top 25 after barely beating FCS school Northern Iowa, and then losing at Oregon State on Saturday.

Huskers' Pelini sickened by team's defense

Bo Pelini still felt awful Monday, two days after Nebraska's defensive meltdown at UCLA.

"I've been sick to my stomach since that game," the Nebraska coach said. "I felt we should have won that football game. We didn't, and it hurts. It's hard to live with. But you know what, you move on. You have to. That's part of the deal. That's part of this profession. It's sickening. You can't turn back the clock."

The Cornhuskers (1-1) surrendered 653 yards — the second-most in program history — in the 36-30 loss that dropped them out of the Top 25.

Utah QB Wynn out

Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn is out indefinitely after re-injuring his left shoulder Friday night in a loss to Utah State.

Coach Kyle Whittingham will provide further details at his Monday press conference but Utah's weekly release lists senior Jon Hays and freshman Travis Wilson as the new co-starters for Saturday's game against No. 25 Brigham Young.

Hays went 6-3 last year after Wynn had season-ending surgery on the same non-throwing shoulder in October. Wilson has completed all three of his passes, including one for a touchdown, and has rushed for two TDs.

Wynn was knocked out of the game late in the first half.

His previous two seasons ended because of shoulder operations, including one on his right throwing shoulder in December 2010.

Franklin: Vandy will rebound

James Franklin is in spin mode, trying to manage the pain and frustration of an 0-2 start for the Vanderbilt Commodores — players and fans expected much more after the coach's debut season.

Franklin said Monday his Commodores have learned valuable lessons and are improving despite a 24-13 loss at Northwestern Saturday.

He also says he knows fans are frustrated from years of struggles but the hope ignited by a 6-7 record and only the program's fifth bowl game remains as they keep building.

What Franklin didn't say is whether or not he will make a change at quarterback for this week's game against Presbyterian. He hinted he might after the Northwestern loss, but Franklin said Monday that any starter could be changed depending on how he practices each day.

Razorbacks support Smith

Arkansas coach John L. Smith is doing his best to move forward following a devastating loss to Louisiana-Monroe.

The loss put Smith's future with the Razorbacks squarely at the forefront of discussion as the Razorbacks prepare for this week's matchup with No. 1 Alabama.

Arkansas could be without quarterback Tyler Wilson against the Crimson Tide. Wilson suffered a head injury in the loss to the Warhawks and Smith says he is still experiencing "grogginess" and hasn't been cleared yet by doctors.

Vols switch kickers

No. 23 Tennessee is switching kickers as it heads into its SEC opener Saturday with No. 18 Florida.

Derrick Brodus will take over for the slumping Michael Palardy, who has missed an extra-point attempt in each of Tennessee's first two games. Palardy will continue to handle kickoffs for the Volunteers.

Palardy was 5 of 6 on extra points Saturday and also went wide left on a 39-yard field-goal attempt in a 51-13 victory over Georgia State. Brodus made a 25-yard field goal and an extra-point attempt after entering the game in the fourth quarter.

Brodus is 4 of 4 on extra points and 2 of 2 on field goals in his career.

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