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--Coach Ken Niumatalolo is hopeful that sophomore slot back Marcus Curry will be able to play this Saturday against Delaware. Curry has not played since pulling his quadriceps at practice on Oct. 20, though he was in uniform and participated in warm-ups before the Notre Dame game.

"I think he's gotten much better," Niumatalolo said. "I think a lot of it too is when you've got a hamstring or quad [injury], guys are afraid to open up" and run.


--Sophomore Eric Douglass made his first start at center on Saturday but eventually left the game with a sprained knee. He will resume practicing on Wednesday and if he's able to play against Delaware, he will likely start again, Niumatalolo said. That would push senior Curtis Bass, who started the first nine games at center, to right guard, where he started all last year.


--Sophomore fullback Alexander Teich will continue to return kickoffs. He replaced Gee Gee Greene on Saturday and returned one kick for 20 yards. Last year, Teich averaged 15.3 yards on three kickoff returns.

"We're trying to get a little spark back there," said Niumatalolo, whose team ranks 119th in Division I-A in kickoff return average (16.9 yards).

By Camille Powell  |  November 10, 2009; 11:11 AM ET
 
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