Kenny Miles wasn't sure he wanted to spend another season just getting spot duty when South Carolina star Marcus Lattimore needed a breather. Now all eyes again are on Miles when the 12th-ranked Gamecocks face Arkansas on Saturday in Columbia, S.C.
Miles was South Carolina's leading rusher in 2009, but that was the year before Lattimore came to campus and became one of the Southeastern Conference's top rushers.
Miles went through Senior Day festivities last fall as he considered leaving the program after four seasons. He stayed, though and will start against the Razorbacks.
"I'm prepared and ready to go," said Miles, a fifth-year senior.
It is the first game for South Carolina since the gruesome knee injury to Lattimore two weeks ago against Tennessee. Lattimore had surgery and could need more than a year of recovery.
Enter Miles, who started seven games and rushed for 626 yards as a freshman three years ago. But he gained only 356 yards the next two seasons as Lattimore ate up yardage.
It wasn't easy for Miles to watch, but he liked Lattimore and loved the team's success.
"Of course, you want to be the starting back, but you've got to think what's best for the team," he said. "I was happy we were winning, and I wasn't really worried about me personally."
But with his pending graduation last December, Miles thought hard about what was next, wondering if he wanted to play one last year -- even as Lattimore's backup.
"He's a super Gamecock," coach Steve Spurrier said. "I think our fans and all the Gamecocks appreciate that he decided to stay for five years."
BYU: Senior defensive back Joe Sampson and sophomore linebacker Zac Stout have been suspended for violating team rules, and both have withdrawn from the school.
The Provo (Utah) Police Department said Friday it was investigating an assault that was reported early the morning of Nov. 1. The department said there were allegations that members of the football team were involved. No charges have been filed.
Texas: The No. 19 Longhorns will pay tribute to former coach Darrell Royal when they face Iowa State on Saturday with helmet stickers bearing his "DKR" initials. And the first play on offense will be run from the wishbone formation Royal introduced to major college football in 1968.
Royal died this week at age 88, and the school wants to honor the coach who won two national championships, a share of a third and 11 Southwest Conference titles from 1957 to 1976.
"He built the foundation that we're working off of today," Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said. "He took a program that was struggling and took it to new heights."
Playoff system: The BCS commissioners are expected to recommend the rotation of national semifinalists be limited to six bowl games when the new playoff format begins in 2014, according to ESPN.