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Banged-up UF defense to miss at least Trattou

GAINESVILLE — No. 2 Florida could be without four key defensive players when it faces Mississippi State's 13th-ranked rushing attack Saturday.

Coach Urban Meyer said Thursday that LB Brandon Spikes (groin) is "50-50" for the game. DTs Lawrence Marsh (ankle) and Jaye Howard (knee) are doubtful.

DL Justin Trattou is out with a shoulder injury.

DE Jermaine Cunningham, who was held out of practice earlier in the week, will play, according to Meyer.

REF REACTION: Meyer believes the SEC's suspension of the officiating crew from the Arkansas game is fair. The conference ruled this week there was no video evidence for a key personal foul against the Razorbacks.

Meyer said he remembered the personal foul call but could not remember any other questionable calls from the game.

REED to tight end?: Freshman Jordan Reed is staying at QB for now, but the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder has been catching passes with receivers during pregame warmups and might move to tight end.

"He's a very good athlete," Meyer said. "We got to find a way to get him on the field someday."

USF: Hester hopeful

TAMPA — Nearly 10 months had passed since Bulls WR Jessie Hester's last catch.

During the first quarter of a loss to Cincinnati on Oct. 15, Hester, who missed most of the first six games with ankle and hamstring injuries, got his first chance. Redshirt freshman QB B.J. Daniels connected with Hester on slant for a 28-yard touchdown.

"It felt great," said Hester, who led the Bulls with 579 receiving yards last season. "With an injury you can kind of get down on yourself and you have some personal battles, but it felt good being out there and playing."

Hester said he's getting closer to being 100 percent.

"He's so quick," offensive coordinator Mike Canales said. "We're trying to get him going, and he's close."

Kerry Klecic, Times correspondent

UM: Health improves

CORAL GABLES — After battling injuries against UCF last week, the Hurricanes are healthier for Saturday's game against Clemson.

RB Graig Cooper (hip pointer), S Randy Phillips (shoulder) and S JoJo Nicolas (shoulder) are probable.

DE Eric Moncur and Josh Holmes should be back after missing time with lower extremity injuries. RB Javarris James is probable with a lower extremity injury. WR Aldarius Johnson (groin) is probable.

FB Pat Hill (ankle) is out. RB Mike James and Tevaris Johnson have filled in for Hill.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

UCF: Praise for QB

ORLANDO — WR Brian Watters said QB Brett Hodges looks strong in practice after bruising his right (throwing) elbow against Miami. Watters said he was worried Hodges' injury was severe, but said the quarterback has been accurate this week.

Orlando Sentinel

Up next

USF: at No. 20 Pittsburgh, noon Saturday, Ch. 28

Miami: vs. Clemson, 3:30

Saturday, Ch. 28

UCF: at Rice, 3:30 Saturday

Florida: at Mississippi State, 7:30 Saturday, ESPN

FSU: vs. N.C. State, noon Oct. 31, Ch. 44

Banged-up UF defense to miss at least Trattou 10/22/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 22, 2009 9:43pm]
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