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Bulls' Barrington back after brief suspension

Sam Barrington, blocking Clemson halfback Jamie Harper’s view, isn’t certain to regain his starting position this week.


Sam Barrington, blocking Clemson halfback Jamie Harper’s view, isn’t certain to regain his starting position this week.

TAMPA — After serving a one-game suspension, Bulls LB Sam Barrington practiced with the second-team defense Tuesday.

Barrington was suspended against UConn for an arrest for driving with a suspended license. Though freshman Tashon Whitehurst led the team in tackles as Barrington's replacement, he'll still have to compete to keep the starting job.

"We'll roll the balls out and let them play," coach Skip Holtz said. "Let's see where Sam is mentally coming back from what he just went through, and let's see where Tashon is. I know Tashon's sore right now, (after) his first complete game."

Holtz added that this has been the sole issue with Barrington, who has already proven himself as a leadership voice.

"Sam's got a responsibility," Holtz said. "He's guilty of being irresponsible. As a senior, yes I expect more. … He is extremely mature. We just have to get some of these things cleaned up — make sure we're taking care of our business off the field."

EXPERIENCE NO FACTOR: Though he has already played against the Bulls' upcoming opponent twice in his career, QB Bobby Eveld won't have a leg up in the battle for USF's starting spot under center.

"I don't think you can say, 'Well, you know, Bobby played down there, so you're going to go ahead and play him,' " Holtz said. "I think it's all going to be predicated here over the next three days."

In 2010, Eveld filled in for an injured B.J. Daniels and led the Bulls to a road victory against the Hurricanes. The next game, he threw three interceptions in a loss to UConn. Last year, Eveld once again replaced Daniels against Miami but couldn't reproduce the magic from the year before as his team fell 6-3.

UF: Pease will wait

GAINESVILLE — Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said he has not been contacted by Kentucky about its upcoming vacant head coaching position, and he would not talk with any school about another job until the end of the season.

Kentucky fired coach Joker Phillips this week but is allowing him to coach the final games of the regular season. Pease is a former assistant at Kentucky.

"I think it's a good program," Pease said. "I've been there. They've got great people. They've got a great program and the facilities are good. They're committed to winning. And they have won. They won when we were there, when I was there on staff."

Pease said he's "committed" to the Florida program but would not rule out looking into other jobs if the opportunity arises.

SANDY'S IMPACT: Count Florida senior S Josh Evans among those closely watching what's happening with hurricane victims in New York and New Jersey. The Irvington, N.J., native has family and friends who have been adversely affected in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. "Actually my family is still out of power right now," Evans said Tuesday. "It's going on a second week that they have no power. Things are starting to change now up there. They're starting to get some things worked on."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

FSU: Kicker near mark

TALLAHASSEE — The last time Florida State played, its kicker, Dustin Hopkins, got an ACC record.

Thursday, when the 10th-ranked Seminoles return to action for the first time since Hopkins' three-field goal showing in a 48-7 win over Duke two weeks ago, the senior will be going for two NCAA career marks.

Sitting on 429 career points, Hopkins is 10 shy of tying the Division I-A record for kickers. Former Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman set it in 2010. Former Miami (Ohio) RB Travis Prentice holds the overall scoring record with 468.

"He'll have the opportunity to break those records, and I'm sure he will," FSU QB EJ Manuel said of Hopkins.

Hopkins has averaged 11.4 points per game this season. He would tie the record with two field goals and four FSU touchdowns at Virginia Tech on Thursday.

Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

Up next

FSU: at Virginia Tech, 7:30 Thursday. TV: ESPN

Miami: at Virginia, noon Saturday. TV: Ch. 28

UF: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 12:20 Saturday. TV: Ch. 38

UCF: at UTEP, 7 Saturday. TV: Fox College Sports

USF: at Miami, Nov. 17, time and TV TBA.

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