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Oklahoma loses another player to surgery

GAINESVILLE -- The biggest news of the day came out of Norman, Okla., where it was announced that defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger will miss the college football national championship game.

Granger, a junior, who has suffered from chronic lower back problems for much of his career, underwent surgery on Saturday. Granger played in 11 games this season as a back-up. He had 20 tackles and two fumble recoveries.

Earlier this week, OU announced that running back DeMarco Murray will miss the Jan. 8 national championship game due to a partially torn hamstring tendon. Murray rushed for 1,002 yards this season (second on the team, or eight yards fewer than Chris Brown). Murray was third in the FBS with 2,171 all-purpose yards. He scored 18 touchdowns this season and was the Sooners' kick-return specialist.

--Nothing new to report from Florida's camp. UF coach Urban Meyer said that tight end Cornelius Ingram will not play in the title game, putting that rumor to rest.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow still hasn't filed his paperwork with the NFL draft advisory board. The deadline is Friday. Players do not have to file with the advisory board to enter the NFL Draft.

--The Gators begin Christmas break after Friday's practice. The team won't practice again until Dec. 27. Florida is a three-point favorite against Oklahoma, according to Las Vegas. The over-under is 72 points.

--The national championship game has been sold out since November but ticket prices are dropping on Stubhub.com. Tickets were being auctioned for $299 each on Wednesday night.





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