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ENIS LEAVING PENN STATE TO ENTER NFL

All-America running back Curtis Enis is leaving Penn State to enter the NFL draft.

Enis, a junior, was suspended by coach Joe Paterno for the team's appearance in the Citrus Bowl after accepting a suit from a sports agent to wear at an awards show. In issuing an apology for his actions Monday, he also revealed his decision to turn pro.

"I would like to begin by apologizing to my family, teammates, coaches and fans for recent events," he said. "I made a mistake and I accept full responsibility for my actions.

"However, I did not want to hurt Penn State University in any way or the people that have been so influential in helping me achieve my goal of playing major college football.

"I am going to forego by senior season at Penn State and enter the 1998 NFL draft."

Enis, who rushed for 1,363 yards and 19 touchdowns, violated NCAA rules when he took the suit from agent Jeff Nalley. Enis also lied to Paterno about it.

So last week, Paterno announced that Enis would not play in the New Year's Day bowl against Florida.

"Before the recent incidents took place," Enis said, "Coach Paterno, who has always looked out for my best interests, advised me to turn pro."

Earlier Monday, a Pennsylvania state senator called for the prosecution of Nalley, who might have violated state law when he purchased the suit for Enis.

Purdue coach low-key

SAN ANTONIO -- Though his team possesses the Big 10's best passing offense, Purdue coach Joe Tiller certainly wasn't exuding overconfidence on the eve of the Alamo Bowl.

"Our practices have been not quite what we had hoped," Tiller said as his No. 17 Boilermakers prepared to take on No. 24 Oklahoma State tonight (8 p.m., ESPN). "I'm a little concerned."

Tiller, worried that time off in the postseason might affect the precision of Purdue's passing game, noted the Boilermakers' practices have improved as the Alamo Bowl has approached.

"It has picked up," Tiller added. "That's a good sign."

Not for Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys will try to stop a Purdue team that, armed with quarterback Billy Dicken and wide receiver Brian Alford, led the Big 10 in passing with 281.5 yards a game and total offense with an average of 459.6 yards.

"Purdue can put a lot of points on the board," said Oklahoma State coach Bob Simmons. "It's going to be a challenge for us to really try to slow them down."

The two teams, both 8-3, meet for the first time in the Alamodome.

Manning a full participant

MIAMI -- For the first time since arriving for the Orange Bowl, Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning participated in every drill during Monday's practice.

Manning, nursing a sore right knee, had been held out of selected drills over three days of practice as the No. 3 Volunteers (11-1) prepared to face No. 2 Nebraska (12-0) on Friday night.

After a non-contact afternoon workout, coach Phillip Fulmer declined to provide specifics on Manning's knee, saying the next injury report would be issued Wednesday. However, Fulmer said the Vols expect their star quarterback to be ready.

Meanwhile, Fulmer stressed the health of Manning won't matter if the Vols' offense spends the game on the sidelines.

"We don't want them to keep the ball all day," Fulmer said. "We can't have any lapses in this game. If we do they're going to score and probably score in a hurry. That's something we've addressed."

Nebraska (12-0) averaged 393 yards on the ground a game this year.

Different approaches

PASADENA, Calif. -- The contrast between No. 1 Michigan's preparations for Thursday's Rose Bowl since the Wolverines arrived in Southern California on Dec. 19 have been in marked contrast to the approach used by the Washington State Cougars, who came a day later.

Michigan held two-a-day practices for the first few days, while Washington State worked out once daily. And most of the Wolverines' practices have been closed to the public and the media, while the Cougars have planned just two practices behind closed gates.

Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who made seven earlier trips to the Rose Bowl as a Wolverines assistant, seems to have taken a page out of former boss Bo Schembechler's book for preparing for the game. Schembechler's Michigan teams, however, won just twice in 10 trips to the Rose Bowl.

"We didn't come out here to have fun," Carr said.

Meanwhile, several Los Angeles ticket brokers said they are asking as much as $900 apiece for Rose Bowl seats.

"Its unprecedented," said Brad Schy, president of Brentwood-based Musical Chairs ticket agency. "The Rose Bowl game between UCLA and Wisconsin a couple of years ago didn't get close to this."

Fueling the demand is heavy interest among fans of both teams in Thursday's game. No. 1 Michigan is playing for a national title, and Washington State is returning to the Rose Bowl game for the first time in 67 years.

Iowa may turn to Sherman

EL PASO, Texas -- Iowa quarterback Matt Sherman, who hasn't played since mid-October, may start in Wednesday's Sun Bowl game against No. 16 Arizona State.

Coach Hayden Fry has said he won't make a decision about starting Sherman until just before kickoff, but he said Monday that the fifth-year senior may be ready.

Sherman posted a 23-9 mark as the Hawkeyes' starter until he broke a bone in his right throwing hand late in the Oct. 18 game at Michigan.

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