Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Extra Points

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Extra Points

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Byline: Michael DiRocco and Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writers

MARSHALL LOSES FOUR STARTERS

Marshall only had to suspend six players for yesterday's game against Florida for receiving extra work benefits prior to February 2000 -- half of the original total of 12 -- because it won an appeal with the NCAA. That didn't help much, though, because four of the six players were either starters or significant contributors.

RBs Franklin Wallace and Brandon Carey, Marshall's top two returning rushers from last season, WR Denero Marriott and NT Marlan Hicks did not play yesterday. Wallace rushed for 555 yards and seven touchdowns and Carey rushed for 232 yards and one touchdown last season.

NO SPLIT ALLEGIANCE

Former UF QB Erik Kresser, who won the 1996 Division I-AA national championship after transferring to Marshall, said earlier in the week that his allegiance was split between the school for yesterday's game. Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan, however, is firmly behind his present school.

Donovan, who coached at Marshall for two years, said he appreciates his time in Huntington, W.Va., but his heart is orange and blue now.

"There will be a lot of people that I became close with in my two years at Marshall that will come to Gainesville and I'll have the opportunity to see," Donovan said. "It'll be a little bit different watching them play because I used to go to their games when I was there in Huntington. I'm rooting for the Gators right now, so whatever happens happens."

BUBBA HONORED

UF honored junior golfer and U.S. Amateur champion Bubba Dickerson of Hilliard during a first-quarter time out, with Dickerson walking onto the field with the Havemeyer Trophy that is symbolic of the title he won a week ago in 36 holes against Robert Hamilton at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Dickerson was the second U.S. …

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