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Monday, September 26, 2005
Vanderbilt receiver shot in arm at dorm

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Vanderbilt: Wide receiver George Smith was shot in the arm and two teammates were injured over the weekend at a party at a university apartment building, a school spokeswoman said.

Smith, a redshirt freshman, was shot in the arm early Sunday by someone who is not a university student, school spokeswoman Melanie Moran said. He was taken to Vanderbilt hospital, was treated and released.

Nashville and university police are investigating the incident and no arrests have been made.

"They [school officials] have been investigating more than anybody," coach Bobby Johnson told The Tennessean. "They have assured me that our players were doing the right thing. There will be no sanctions from the university on them."

The shooting came hours after Vanderbilt beat Division I-AA Richmond 37-13 and improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1984.

Smith has seven catches for 48 yards and a touchdown this season.

Freshman defensive end Derrius Dowell and redshirt freshman safety Reshard Langford sustained minor cuts and were also treated and released from Vanderbilt hospital, Moran said.

McNeese State-Southern Utah: Southern Utah's game at McNeese State on Saturday has been postponed indefinitely because of Hurricane Rita.

The schools were hoping to reschedule the Division I-AA game, Southern Utah sports information director Neil Gardner said.

Southern Utah and McNeese State both are scheduled to be off Oct. 8, so that is a possibility if the schools can agree on a place to play.

McNeese State is located in Lake Charles, La., which was directly in the path of the storm when it hit Saturday and floodwaters were receding Monday.

This could be the third home game canceled for McNeese State because of a hurricane. The season opener against Southern University was called off after Hurricane Katrina and last Saturday's home game against Northwest Oklahoma was canceled before Rita hit.

TCU: Jim Swink, a running back who led TCU to consecutive Cotton Bowls in 1956-57, has been named the 2005 winner of the Doak Walker Legends Award.

Swink led the nation in scoring with 125 points and was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1955, a season capped by a 107-yard rushing performance in a 14-13 Cotton Bowl loss to Mississippi. Swink and the Horned Frogs beat Jim Brown and Syracuse 28-27 in the 1957 Cotton Bowl.

After college, Swink chose medical school over a shot at the NFL, and he later earned several medals for his U.S. Army service in Vietnam. Swink, 69, is an orthopedic surgeon in Fort Worth.

Previous winners include Heisman Trophy winners Doc Blanchard, Earl Campbell, John David Crow, Glenn Davis, Pete Dawkins, Tony Dorsett and Archie Griffin.

Walker won the Heisman in 1948 at SMU and went on to help Detroit win consecutive NFL titles in the early 1950s.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.