GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp said Tuesday that QB John Brantley could return to practice Monday, the start of full preparations for the Oct. 29 Georgia game. The senior QB suffered a high ankle sprain at the end of the first half against Alabama and missed the LSU and Auburn games.
"John won't practice this week, but we hope to get him back on Monday," Muschamp said during Tuesday's weekly media session. "He's off crutches and moving around a little bit. We're going to get him out there and let him throw a little bit this week, but as far as practice is concerned, we're going to hold him and hope to get him back Monday."
WATCH THE LANGUAGE: Muschamp publicly apologized for his profanity-laced outbursts during Saturday's Auburn game. Muschamp was overheard on ESPN's telecast cursing at officials, particularly during what appeared on replay to be a defensive holding against RB Chris Rainey that was not called, and on Rainey's muffed punt in which Muschamp thought there was interference.
"I do want to apologize for my language on the sideline the other night," he said. "It's hard when you've got a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old at home and you've got to go home and explain to them what you said. So that's not good and that's not how we're going to run our program."
FSU: Troubles in past
TALLAHASSEE — At about 2 a.m. Sept. 26, FSU CB Greg Reid learned what he now considers a valuable lesson.
"Going through high school and college and never really being in trouble, I realize how quick it can happen," he said Tuesday in his first comments since his arrest late last month. "Just waking up out of bed and it happening like that."
Reid was called to a gas station near Doak Campbell Stadium that morning as Tallahassee police investigated an incident involving his scooter and a man they believed was his friend. Possibly to protect his friend, Reid was less than forthcoming about his identity and was charged with obstruction and taken to Leon County Jail.
Two days after bonding out, his case was dropped by the prosecutor's office.
"It's in the past now, man," Reid said. "I just got to focus on getting this team better, getting me better and just trying to do the right stuff."
Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel
USF: Just a game
TAMPA — As USF searches for its first Big East win of the season against Cincinnati on Saturday, coach Skip Holtz said the game's outcome won't define the season.
"I'm not looking at (the game) as a crossroads that this is a sink-or-swim game and if we were to lose this game the season's over and the last five games we're going to go through the motions and throw in the towel," he said.
Ian Lanphier, Times correspondent
Miami: Unhappy OT
CORAL GABLES — Hurricanes OT Brandon Washington said he was bothered by coach Al Golden saying Monday that his starting job was open for competition.
Washington is battling Seantrel Henderson to start against No. 20 Georgia Tech.
"Of course it bothers me," the 6-foot-4, 320-pound junior said. "I was an all-conference guard (last year) and they asked me to move out there because of the injury of Seantrel. Now they're telling me the three inside guys are solid and that possibly won't change."
Steve Gorten, Sun Sentinel
UCF: Bouncing back
ORLANDO — UCF senior LB Josh Linam said it was disappointing to see the defense struggle at SMU Saturday.
He said the Knights have watched video of their mistakes and are ready to bounce back at UAB on Thursday night.
"We've really been focused on just everyone doing their job and getting to their assignments and playing as one unit," he said.
Iliana Limón, Orlando Sentinel