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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — NFL scouts and draft pundits believe the Southeastern Conference has its most promising crop of talent to date. It's a deep and distinguished group that includes two Heisman Trophy front-runners and next-level stars at nearly every position. Even though the NFL draft is six months away, the league already is expected to challenge or maybe even shatter its record of 12 first-round draft picks set in 2013 and matched four years later.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 7 Florida expects to have elusive receiver Kadarius Toney back for its game against 10th-ranked Georgia next week. Toney has missed six consecutive games because of a left shoulder injury. Coach Dan Mullen says Toney will return against the Bulldogs on Nov. 2.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says quarterback Brian Maurer is "probably doubtful" Saturday against South Carolina after the freshman sustained concussions in the Volunteers' last two contests. Pruitt updated Maurer's status by noting the freshman hasn't taken any reps in practice this week. Pruitt had said Monday that he'd know more about Maurer's availability in the next few days.

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — George Brancato, the former LSU two-way back who won Grey Cup titles with the Ottawa Rough Riders as a player, assistant coach and head coach, has died. He was 88. The Redblacks, Ottawa's current Canadian Football League team, confirmed Brancato's death.

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