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Practice report: Woman vandalizes Norwood's car

Eric Norwood sacks Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead in the second quarter.
Eric Norwood sacks Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead in the second quarter. Erk Campos

Linebacker Eric Norwood met with campus police Monday trying to identify the woman who poured chocolate syrup and flour on his car last week.

The vandal apparently did not use any non-stick cooking spray.

"Some girl put chocolate syrup and flour all over my car," Norwood said. "And it stuck."

Norwood watched a surveillance tape with an officer to see if he recognized the woman who treated Norwood's 2001 Chevy Impala like a mixing bowl while it was parked in the Blossom Street garage. The chocolate syrup and flour mix is a surprisingly common method of vandalizing property.

But Norwood said he did not know the woman and did not know why he had been targeted. It took a car wash employee 30 to 40 minutes of pressure washing to remove the goop from the car.

"Whoever it was, she got me," Norwood said.

Stock rising

USC's depth at receiver. For the second consecutive week nine players caught passes for the Gamecocks, giving coaches more options in the passing game.

"What's good now is these receivers are understanding that we got some competition," Steve Spurrier said. "And if you don't play very well you're not going to play."

Stock falling

In a related note, sophomore receiver Dion LeCorn, a returning starter, played a handful of snaps and had one catch at Mississippi.

"Dion's been out there a whole bunch in some other games and just hadn't done much," said Spurrier. "If he wants to play, he's got to go."

Injury report

Tight end Jared Cook (right foot) was limited Monday, but is expected to play Saturday. Strong safety Emanuel Cook wore a wrap on his left leg covering the turf burn he sustained on Mississippi's artificial surface.

Extra points

Quarterback Chris Smelley was named the SEC's offensive player of the week after throwing for a career-high 327 yards against the Rebels. Smelley, a redshirt sophomore from Tuscaloosa, Ala., completed 22 of 32 passes and tied a career high with three touchdown passes. ...

Lemuel Jeanpierre, Jamon Meredith and Heath Batchelor will compete for the starting guard spots. Terrence Campbell, who started the past two games at right guard, also remains in the mix. ...

CBS, ESPN or Raycom will televise the USC-LSU game Oct. 18. The SEC's TV partners, who will announce their selections today, will choose among USC-LSU, Vanderbilt-Georgia and Mississippi-Alabama.

Scouting report

Kentucky is hurting up front. With right tackle Justin Jeffries (knee) already out, Wildcats coach Rich Brooks said right guard Stuart Hines would undergo surgery today to repair torn knee cartilage. Brooks was awaiting the MRI results on Jess Beets (knee), who has been alternating with Hines.

Also, receiver DeMoreo Ford (strained sternum) is doubtful.

Joseph Person