Wednesday, September 26, 2001

College football round-up

Ballard receiver commits to Wildcats

Enquirer news services

        LOUISVILLE — The University of Kentucky football program has received another in-state commitment.

        Ballard High School receiver Maurice Marchman has committed to UK, Bruins coach Mark Catlett said.

        The 6-foot, 195-pounder picked Kentucky over Boston College, Louisville, Cincinnati, Miami University and Indiana, Catlett said.

        “I think he's a steal,” he said. “He'll be a fantastic receiver in college. He has great skills, a great awareness of the game, and every year he's matured physically and mentally. I think physically he can play as a freshman at Kentucky.”

        Marchman is UK's 10th known commitment, including seven from in-state. The national signing period will begin in February.

        Marchman runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and finished eighth in the Class AAA 100-yard dash and also the 200 last spring at the state track meet. He ran the 100 in 11.42 seconds and the 200 in 26.73.

        The other in-state players from whom UK has commitments are: Ashland running back Arliss Beach, Bowling Green linebacker Brad Booker, Middlesboro linebacker Durrell White, Glasgow defensive back Randy Driver, Johnson Central lineman Paul Webb and Beechwood lineman Joe Brady.

        UK is expected to have only 16 scholarships to offer in February because of pending NCAA sanctions for recruiting violations.


        Redshirt freshman quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was named Mid-American Conference East Division offensive player of the week. He engineered the RedHawks' 21-14 victory over Cincinnati last weekend, completing 80 percent (20 for 25) of his passes and being involved in all three TDs.


        NOTRE DAME:

Coach Bob Davie is surprised by criticism that he didn't have the Irish on the sidelines for a pregame ceremony Saturday honoring victims of terrorist attacks.

        “I think it's unbelievably ridiculous that this thing has taken on a life of its own,” he said.

        Before its game against Michigan State, Notre Dame had a ceremony that included the Rev. Edward A. Malloy, the university president, leading the crowd in a prayer. Michigan State players held hands during the prayer, while the Irish players stayed in the locker room.


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