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Weinke, Heupel To Miss Senior Bowl

January 15, 2001

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ Two of the nation’s top quarterbacks _ Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke and Josh Heupel _ will miss the Senior Bowl on Saturday because of injuries.

Heupel led Oklahoma past Weinke and Florida State in the Orange Bowl to settle the national title.

The two arrived in Mobile on Sunday and informed Senior Bowl officials and NFL scouts they needed to rest.

Weinke has a sprained left foot and was examined by Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham on Friday. Heupel, a left-hander, has an injured throwing arm.

``It’s not a serious condition,″ said Heupel, who guided Oklahoma to a 13-0 season. ``If I had a little more time to rest, it would be OK. If we were in the middle of the season, there’s no doubt I’d be able to go out and play, but I don’t want to be out here and not be 100 percent.″

Weinke finished his college career by leading the Seminoles to their third straight national championship game. He initially hurt his foot in September and said he needs to rest so he can begin getting ready for NFL workouts.

``I played the whole year with constant pain,″ Weinke said. ``We didn’t have any weeks off after I injured it so I could rest it.″

The 28-year-old quarterback hoped to showcase his skills at the Senior Bowl.

``I feel my age, because of my maturity, is an advantage, not a disadvantage, and playing here would have given me a chance to show that,″ he said.

Senior Bowl officials replaced Weinke on the South team with Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer. Heupel was replaced on the North team by Rashard Casey of Penn State.

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