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2 Wolfpack players isolated with flu, will sit out game

N.C. State starting left offensive tackle Julian Williams and reserve wide receiver Jay Smith will miss Saturday's game with Gardner-Webb because of the H1N1 flu, school sports information director Annabelle Myers said Thursday evening.

The players have been treated according to school protocol, which includes isolating them either in their rooms or at home.

Redshirt freshman Andrew Wallace will take Williams' place in the starting lineup.

Safety Clem Johnson, who has an injured thigh, also is out for the game, according to the school's injury report. He will be replaced by either freshman Brandan Bishop or sophomore Justin Byers.

Backup halfback Jamelle Eugene (knee) and Jake Vermiglio (leg), who was the starting left offensive tackle before Williams moved there from left guard to take his place, will miss their second straight game with injuries.

Defensive end Jeff Rieskamp (hip) and safety Javon Walker (knee) also remain out.

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GEORGIA: Justin Houston's two-game suspension is ending at the perfect time to help Georgia's pass rush. Houston, a sophomore defensive end, had to sit out the first two games for No. 23 Georgia as his punishment from coach Mark Richt for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Houston returns as the replacement for starter Rod Battle, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in last week's win against South Carolina.

There's another reason Houston's debut is well-timed: Georgia (1-1, 1-0 SEC) needs an improved pass rush from its defensive ends in Saturday night's game at Arkansas (1-0, 0-0), which passed for 447 yards in its 48-10 opening win over Missouri State.

FLORIDA: Receiver Andre Debose had surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon in his left thigh. He is expected to recover in four to six months, making it possible for him to return for spring practice.

Debose, a 5-foot-11 speedster from the Orlando area, was coach Urban Meyer's prized recruit in February. Meyer tabbed him as Percy Harvin's replacement this fall.

OHIO STATE: Starting right tackle Jim Cordle, the most experienced offensive lineman for No. 11 Ohio State, will miss the next three to four weeks with an ankle injury.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Freshman cornerback Brian Baucham will miss No. 3 Southern Cal's game Saturday at Washington after being cut in a freeway car accident on the way to school. Baucham was the nickel back in last week's win at Ohio State.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks have heard from two Heisman Trophy winners from Florida.

Coach Steve Spurrier said his former Gators quarterback, Danny Wuerffel, spoke to the team before practice Wednesday. Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy in 1966. Three decades later, Wuerffel earned the honor as Spurrier's quarterback during Florida's national championship season.

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