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Morris grabs preseason accolade

With the preseason college basketball buzz already underway, Althon Sports has selected Maryland forward Terence Morris to its All-American first team.

Althon also named Morris, who averaged 15.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, as the preseason ACC Player of the Year.

Morris enjoyed a breakout campaign last season, becoming the fourth sophomore in school history to be named to the All-ACC first team.

Althon Sports also placed fellow Terp Lonnie Baxter on their All-ACC third team.

Back in the hive

It was a rough weekend for Georgia Tech. Not only did the Jackets lose to Florida State 41-35, but running back Joe Burns went down with an injury.

Still, the Jackets have one bright spot, as linebacker Matt Uremovich and cornerback Troy Tolbert return to action.

Uremovich has been suspended since the Jackets' game against N.C. State Oct. 18, and has not played for almost an entire year. According to the Associated Press, Uremovich reportedly was suspended for taking a muscle-building drug banned by the NCAA. The AP reported that Tolbert was suspended for Georgia Tech's first two games this season because of conduct detrimental to the team.

Their return should bolster a defense that allowed Florida State to rack up 444 yards Saturday.

Browns sit Detmer for Couch

The Ty Detmer era in Cleveland lasted for all of one game. After the Browns suffered a humiliating 43-0 loss to Pittsburgh in their return to the NFL, and only gained 40 total yards of offense, coach Chris Palmer has benched Detmer in lieu of No. 1 overall pick Tim Couch.

"I'm not disappointed in Ty," Palmer told the AP Wednesday. "It wasn't all his fault."

Couch, who bypassed his final year of eligibility at Kentucky to leave for the pros, will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Lett him sit

Beleaguered Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett will miss his team's next seven games as punishment for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy for the fifth time.

Lett has been suspended since June 4. As part of that punishment, Lett is forbidden from workouts as well as visiting the team's premises. The league ruling, which was announced Tuesday, allows Lett to come back in time for Dallas' Nov. 14 clash against Green Bay.

According to the Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue told Lett he will be suspended for at least a year if he violates the league's policy again.

The Cowboys have gone 11-9 without Lett, who now has missed games in four of the last five seasons because of suspensions for substance abuse.

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