After two weeks of training in Vero Beach, USF returned to the comforts of its practice fields Friday, and after two days in jail with issues related to a suspended driver's license, sophomore LB Sam Barrington was back practicing.
"It's nice to see him out here, especially from the last couple of days," coach Skip Holtz said. "It's a great lesson to learn about crossing T's and dotting I's, not just on the football field and in the classroom but in your everyday social life. It's a lesson for all of us, every member of this team."
Barrington has resolved his legal issues for now, agreeing to six months' probation on one count of driving with a suspended license, with an October court date set for the other.
MORE EVELD: The Bulls hold their second scrimmage today, and one of the most interesting position battles is at backup quarterback, where walk-on Bobby Eveld, a Jesuit grad, is ahead of fellow freshman Jamius Gunsby. Holtz has had consistent praise for Eveld, especially for his approach to learning.
"Bobby is a mature young man, very committed young man, very smart young man," Holtz said. "Every day I see him getting better and better. You look out here, and (Friday) he's the last one off the practice field. That's pretty much held true the entire camp."
THIS AND THAT: Holtz will hold a meeting for prospective walk-ons on the first day of school Monday. Former Bulls TE Trent Pupello, who last played in 2008, will attend. He stopped playing because of a neck injury from a car accident, and he was arrested in 2009, but charges were later dropped. … DE David Bedford, talking about the defense's overall effort in the opening scrimmage, said the defensive units combined to force 17 three-and-outs in 150 or so offensive plays.
UF: Former TC star Green has surgery
GAINESVILLE — Former Tampa Catholic standout OT Chaz Green had hernia surgery at Shands Florida Surgical Center.
The 6-foot-5, 289-pound freshman is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, athletic officials said.
ONE LAST CHANCE: Two weeks before the opener, Florida will hold its final scrimmage today with a lot on the line, particularly for young players.
"This is the last real scrimmage before we go into game preparation mode, so your role pretty much will be defined by what you do," senior DE Justin Trattou said. "So for a lot of the young guys, (today) is a big day for them."
The Gators begin fall classes Monday. Two-a-day practices have ended, and the Gators will start moving more toward game-week routines.
"We'll start working toward the game plan to some extent," safeties coach Chuck Heater said. "There are fewer reps … so you're kind of certain it's going to steer towards the guys you think you're going to play."
SAMS' STRIPES: Freshman walk-on RB Ben Sams had his stripes removed from his helmet, the ceremonial procedure new players go through after they've impressed the coaching staff during practice. Sams is a graduate of St. Petersburg High.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
FSU: What's in a name
Since arriving at Florida in 2005, coach Urban Meyer has rarely, if ever, referred to Florida State by name, or by "Seminoles," choosing instead to describe FSU as "that school out west." First-year Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher might have taken notice.
During the Seminoles' annual kickoff luncheon, Fisher was breaking down FSU's schedule for a sellout crowd of more than 1,500 people. When he reached the finale against Florida, Fisher called the Gators "that little team down the road."
In addition, Fisher promised fans that "things will be different" against the Gators, who have won six consecutive games against the Seminoles.
UM: McCarthy moves in, but for how long?
MIAMI — Colin McCarthy, a former Clearwater Central Catholic standout, moved inside and worked at middle linebacker in practice. Kylan Robinson was with the first team through the first two weeks of camp. Last week, coach Randy Shannon said Robinson was the starting middle linebacker. The move gave Shannon and linebackers coach Micheal Barrow a better look at emerging OLB Ramon Buchanan, who took McCarthy's spot with McCarthy replacing Robinson.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
UCF: Scrimmage today
ORLANDO — UCF will scrimmage today for about 80 offensive plays, coach George O'Leary said. The team will hit the field at 2:30 p.m. … The team's FanFest is today starting at 11 a.m. at Bright House Networks Stadium on campus.