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   TAMPA -- USF will play at No. 18 Auburn on Saturday without center Nick Capogna, who injured his left knee during the Bulls' 28-13 season-opening win against Elon.
   "Nick's not going to play this week," coach Jim Leavitt said. "I really don't know (how long). We hope we can get him back by North Carolina (on Sept. 22, after a bye week)."
    Capogna watched practice Monday, walking slowly while wearing a brace that kept his left leg straight. Junior Jake Griffin, who replaced Capogna in the first quarter against Elon, will start at center against Auburn, with Ryan Schmidt stepping in for Griffin at left guard.
    "I thought (Griffin) had an excellent game, did some good things," said Leavitt, who will include two true freshman linemen, Jeremiah Warren and Sampson Genus, on his travel squad in case of additional injuries.
    Two players who missed Saturday's game with ankle injuries, running back Moise Plancher and linebacker Chris Robinson, were back at practice Monday and are expected to be available against Auburn.
   TICKETS AVAILABLE: USF had sold out of its initial allotment of 2,400 tickets for the Auburn game, but more seats were made available to Bulls fans on Monday. Tickets are $45 and will be available today only, either at the Sun Dome Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-GoBulls.
   HELPING HANDS: After several dropped passes and a lost fumble that was negated by an Elon penalty, USF's receivers carried balls with them as they ran post-practice conditioning runs, just for practice.
   "It's about running with the ball in your hands," receivers coach Mike Canales said. "We had the ball out loose, and that happens early in the season. You have to go back to working on fundamentals again, to make sure when they are in a crowd to squeeze the ball, keep it tight."

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