North Carolina running back Shaun Draughn, one of the players suspended for the LSU game, has been cleared to return for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. He has been the Tar Heels’ starter the past two seasons.
“Shaun has been cleared and will be able to join the team this week as an active participant,” Coach Butch Davis of UNC said this morning at his weekly press briefing at the Kenan Football Center. “As far as Shaun’s role, certainly we’ll try to get him back into the flow of things.”
Davis would not say if he expected any other players to be cleared this week. Marvin Austin, a senior defensive tackle, is still suspended and cannot participate in any football related activities.
“He is still in the process of earning his way back on the practice squad,” Davis said.
Draughn has rushed for 1,433 yards and four touchdowns the past two seasons. Tech is allowing 159.5 rushing yards per game.
Bill Cole of the Winston-Salem Journal sent me that info.
The start time for Georgia Tech’s game against N.C. State on Sept. 25 will be decided at a later date. ABC and ESPN decided to wait to announce that game, as well as three more. It will be announced by Sept. 19.
Thursday, Sept. 23 (Previously Announced)
Miami at Pittsburgh, ESPN, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25
Florida International at Maryland, ESPNU, 12 p.m.
VMI at Virginia, ESPN3.com, 1:30 pm
Army at Duke, ESPN3.com, 3 p.m.
ABC/ESPN and the ACC Network also have exercised a six-day option on the following games with the gametimes and networks to be announced no later than 12 noon on Sunday, Sept. 19. The games held are:
Virginia Tech at Boston College
Wake Forest at Florida State
NC State at Georgia Tech
North Carolina at Rutgers (under Big East TV contract)
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