No award for Houston back


University of Houston running back Chuck Weatherspoon has been dropped as a nominee for the inaugural Doak Walker Award because he has been charged with assault involving another student Sept. 15.

Bill Lively, associate vice president for alumni affairs at Southern Methodist University, which sponsors the award, said: "We're not trying to be unfair or presumptuous. Anyone is innocent until proved guilty, but good citizenship is one of the criteria for the award."

* ILLINOIS: Quarterback Jason Verduzco, whose pouting on the bench -- after being pulled from Saturday's 56-21 victory over Southern Illinois -- was noted in several newspaper accounts, apologized to the team. Verduzco, a sophomore who started the first three games of the season, was benched after SIU took a 21-7, first-quarter lead.

"Jason is young. Next time, he'll know not to do that," said Illinois senior guard Cam Pepper. "Jason talked to us at practice and apologized. This has been a learning lesson for him."

* NEBRASKA: Quarterback Robert L. "Mickey" Joseph was arrested and booked into Lancaster (Neb.) County Jail on suspicion of criminal mischief, a Class IV felony involving property damage of $300 or more, assistant police chief Jim Baird said, after an incident at his girlfriend's apartment. He was released after posting $300, 10 percent of a $3,000 bond.

Coach Tom Osborne said it is his understanding that Joseph "tapped on the [apartment] window with his keys. He tapped hard enough that the window cracked, broke, and as he tried to get down he slipped, grabbed the window frame, and it broke off in his hand."

* BYU: When fourth-ranked Brigham Young faces Oregon tomorrow, quarterback Ty Detmer may be looking more in Matt Bellini's direction when he starts throwing.

Although Bellini is listed as a running back, the senior has carried the ball just three times. But as Detmer's target out of the backfield, he leads BYU receivers with 35 catches for 421 yards, and he needs just four catches against Oregon -- he's averaging nearly nine a game -- to equal BYU's career receiving mark of 183 receptions, set by Phil Odle in 1967.

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