Penn State LB D'Onofrio to miss game


Penn State's top defender, linebacker Mark D'Onofrio, is out of today's game against Rutgers because of a dislocated left shoulder.

D'Onofrio has been playing with the injury, but went yesterday to New York to see a physician for an opinion on whether surgery is necessary, Penn State spokesman L. Budd Thalman said. D'Onofrio is out for at least today's home game.

Earlier in the week, coach Joe Paterno had left the question of D'Onofrio's continued play up to the fifth-year senior, who hurt the shoulder two days before the Sept. 21 game against Brigham Young. Since then, he's occasionally had to have the shoulder put back in place during a game.

* GEORGIA TECH: Safety Ken Swilling, a first-team All-American last year who has missed much of this season with an injured hamstring, is expected to return to action when the Yellow Jackets play South Carolina today.

"I'm 90-95 percent, and I can probably get up to full speed by [today]. I've been practicing this week and my hamstring feels pretty good," Swilling said. "I'll most likely play [today], but to what extent I don't know.

"I probably won't play a lot. But right now I feel good and ready to contribute against South Carolina."

The Yellow Jackets (3-3) meet South Carolina (2-2-2) at 1:30 p.m. in Columbia.

* Trying to find a home for its second-best team, the Big Ten Conference has found two homes for two teams.

The Florida Citrus Bowl and Holiday Bowl have called news conferences for today, and each is expected to announce ties to the Big Ten.

The Citrus Bowl, whose four-year deal with the Atlantic Coast Conference ends Jan. 1, will welcome the Big Ten's runner-up for three years beginning with the 1992 season, said a source with the Citrus Bowl, who requested anonymity because of the nature of the negotiations.

This year the Holiday Bowl, which annually receives the champion of the Western Athletic Conference, will match the WAC's champ against the Big Ten runner-up. Starting with the 1992 season, the Holiday Bowl will take the Big Ten's No. 3 team for three years.

* TENNESSEE: The Southeastern Conference announced that commissioner Roy Kramer found no misconduct after an evaluation of reports that copies of Tennessee plays purportedly were sent to a Florida coach before last weekend's game.

The facsimile copies reportedly were sent by former Tennessee assistant Jack Sells, who was fired after landing the Volunteer program in a NCAA investigation, to friend and former Tennessee assistant Ron Zook, now Florida's defensive coordinator.

Florida won the game, 35-18.

* CALIFORNIA: Russell White is breathing easier these days.

But the big question is whether White, who has been slowed by an upper respiratory infection most of the season, will be able to catch his breath today, when the seventh-ranked Golden Bears (5-0) meet No. 3 Washington (5-0).

"This [Washington] defense is more suffocating than those USC defenses a couple of years ago," Arizona coach Dick Tomey said. "It doesn't allow you to breathe."

White has averaged 101.2 yards per game, and that's when he was sick.

"I'm happy with the way I'm feeling now," White said. "I haven't felt 100 percent all year."

* SAN DIEGO STATE: Freshman Marshall Faulk, who set the NCAA single-game rushing record with 386 yards against Pacific last month, was discharged from the hospital, six days after suffering a collapsed lung and fractured ribs in a game against New Mexico.

Copyright © 2021, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad