Thursday, September 9, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 13

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Players suspended for Houston-'Bama game; Heisman candidate Chris Redman impressive against Kentucky

C-USA Football Notebook
Sharif Talukder 

Two Alabama Crimson Tide linebackers have been suspended for this week's game against the Houston Cougars at Legion Field.

Linebackers Darius Gilbert and Chris Horne were suspended for violating team rules. Last week, three linebackers were suspended from the Vanderbilt game for academic reasons, but coach Mike DuBose says the recent suspensions are unrelated to academic reasons.

Chris Redman upped his chances at garnering the Heisman Trophy after his stellar performanve agaisnt Kentucky last weekend.

Photo courtesy of University of Louisville

Horne usually backs up outside starting linebacker Migual Merritt, but Gilbert started for Merritt last week, recording seven tackles against Vanderbilt. Merritt was sitting out on suspension as well.

This marks the second time in the past three years that Alabama has had to suspend a defensive player for violating team rules. In 1997, Alabama had to suspend preseason All-American defensive lineman Michael Myers for the entire year because he contacted an agent. This suspension took place after the Alabama-Houston game.

Eagles snap Tulane's 13 game-win streak

Southern Miss thought it might have trouble replacing departed quarterback Lee Roberts' 2,680 yards passing and 24 touchdowns, but it had no trouble finding his heir against Tulane.

Sophomore Jeff Kelly, who was No. 2 in the depth chart, was named the starter Saturday night and did not disappoint in a 48-14 win over Tulane.

"This was a weird situation going in. You're happy, but you feel bad for a friend," said Kelly. "When I found out, I had all kind of emotions going through me. As the game got closer and closer, I just focused on the things I had to do."

Kelly hit 13-of-19 passes for 248 yards and threw touchdowns to four different receivers. He directed the Golden Eagles to 483 total yards.

Tulane, on the other hand, had problems trying to replace All-C-USA quarterback Shawn King and coach Tommy Bowden.

In the last five games of 1998, Tulane had no turnovers, but King's heir, Patrick Ramsey, threw two interceptions which led to Southern Miss touchdowns.

The both times the Green Wave did score, the Golden Eagles came back and scored on the next drive.

"Adversity struck and we didn't respond to it," said first-year Tulane coach Chris Scelfo. "We need to leave this one behind."

With King at the helm last year, the Green Wave averaged 507 yards and 45 points a game and King personally gained 342 of those yards.

The Green Wave only had 269 total yards, 254 yards passing. Ramsey was 21-of-30 for 196 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and Derrick Joseph was 6-of-15 for 58 yards.

Coach Jeff Bower is still non-committal about this week's starter against Division I-AA Northwestern State.

Strike up the band, Redman's here

Redman started his Heisman campaign with a bang against the Couch-less Kentucky Wildcats. Redman threw for 324 yards and five touchdowns as Louisville beat Kentucky 56-28.

The loss of running back Leroy Collins was not felt with the emergence of running back Frank Moreau, who rushed for 181 yards and a touchdown, while All-American tight end Ibn Green caught three touchdowns from Redman, who finished 29-of-40 and had no interceptions.

Kentucky quarterback Dusty Bonner struggled in his first game with two costly interceptions and six sacks, but did throw for 466 yards.

Game of the Week

Wake Forest at Army is a nationally-televised game and their first match-up. This also is a meeting of two of the smallest schools in Division I-A. Wake Forest has an enrollment of 3,600 and Army has an enrollment of 4,000.

The Army Cadets use the wishbone offense and have never been ranked below seventh in the nation in rushing for the past 15 years. Last year, Army averaged 298.3 yards per game. Wake Forest finished last in rushing defense in the Atlantic Coast Conference by allowing 187.2 yards per game.

This week's Televised games

Thursday, Sept. 9

7 p.m. -- Washington at Brigham Young on ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 11th

11 a.m.-- Wake Forest at Army on Fox Sports Net 

11 a.m. -- Pittsburgh at Penn State on ESPN

11 a.m. -- Rice at Michigan on ESPN2

2:15 p.m. -- Duke at East Carolina on FoxSN

2:30 p.m. -- California at Nebraska on ABC

4 p.m. -- South Carolina at Georgia on ESPN2

6 p.m. -- Iowa at Iowa State on FoxSN

7 p.m. -- Georgia Tech at Florida State on ABC

7 p.m. -- Texas at Rutgers on ESPN2

9:15 p.m.- Washington State at Stanford on FoxSN

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