Pouncey hospitalized before Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS -- Florida guard Maurkice Pouncey has started the Allstate Sugar Bowl despite spending more than five hours at Tulane Hospital because of kidney stones.

Team officials say Pouncey had a CT scan that showed no kidney obstruction. He received four bags of intravenous fluids and was cleared to play by team physician Dr. Jay Clugston.

Pouncey, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound junior from Lakeland, Fla., has started every game this season at right guard.

Friday night's Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati could be Pouncey's last game for the Gators. He is rated among the top offensive linemen in college football and is considering entering the NFL draft next spring.