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Alabama

TUSCALOOSA — With backup quarterback Jimmy Barnes out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Decatur High graduate Trent Dean could see more practice time at quarterback.

Barnes will miss Alabama’s appearance in the Independence Bowl. Interim head coach Joe Kines said running back Jimmy Johns will serve as starting quarterback John Parker Wilson’s chief backup, but added that Dean shouldn’t be surprised if he receives more attention.

“I’ve liked Trent from day one,” Kines said. “We threw him in there, and they’ll make a decision somewhere down the road.”

Dean has worked as the scout-team quarterback for most of the season and saw action on special teams again Florida International earlier in the year. The scout team practices against the first-stringers, trying to give them a look at what the opponent does.

Josh Cooper,
Daily Sports Writer

Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas began demolishing the 80-year-old north end zone section of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Friday to make way for new seating and academic space in a $176 million renovation project.

Crews used heavy machinery to rip out brick and a wrecking ball to smash concrete in the north end zone seating, which was added to the stadium in 1926. The facility was dedicated Texas Memorial Stadium in 1924 to veterans of World War I.

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