Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford said he would have season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday but still expects to enter the NFL draft in April.
The Oklahoma quarterback injured his right shoulder twice this season, most recently against Texas on Oct. 10. The school announced surgeon James Andrews would perform the operation in Birmingham, Ala.
Bradford passed up the chance to be a first-round NFL draft pick this year - he was projected as high as No. 1 overall - to play his junior season with the Sooners, a team he grew up following as a child in Oklahoma City.
After he was hurt against the Longhorns, aggravating a sprain of the acromioclavicular joint in his throwing shoulder, Bradford initially said he was going to wait until the end of the season to make a decision about his future.
Bradford said he expects his recovery time to be four to six months. The NFL draft is scheduled for April 22, about six months away.
Bradford led the Sooners to the BCS championship game last season as a sophomore, setting school records with 4,720 yards passing and 50 touchdowns while throwing only eight interceptions. Oklahoma lost to Florida, 24-14, and Bradford announced less than a week later that he intended to return for his junior year.
Funeral today. Jasper Howard, the Connecticut football player who was fatally stabbed during an altercation outside a dance on campus last week, will be buried today in Miami.
The football team will take a charter flight to the funeral at New Birth Baptist Church. No one has been charged in Howard's death.
Uproar over call. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen called for disciplinary action against the Southeastern Conference replay official who worked the Bulldogs' 29-19 loss to Florida after a Gators touchdown that might have been a fumble was not overturned.
The replay official listed for the game in Starkville on Saturday night was Dan Dembinski.
SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said the league would have no comment until after the play is reviewed today.
Gators No. 1. Florida regained the No. 1 ranking yesterday in the Associated Press poll, replacing Alabama.
The Crimson Tide, which ranked No. 1 for only a week, needed a blocked field goal on the last play to beat Tennessee, 12-10, on Saturday, while Florida pulled away from Mississippi State in the fourth quarter. The Gators received 30 first-place votes to Alabama's 23.
No. 3 Texas got seven first-place votes after its 41-7 victory at Missouri.
No. 4 Southern Cal, No. 5 Cincinnati, No. 6 Boise State, and No. 7 Iowa held their places in the latest media rankings.