TAMPA — LB Reshard Cliett likely will miss Saturday's game against Florida Atlantic after injuring his shoulder in the fourth quarter of USF's 21-6 loss at Michigan State, coach Willie Taggart said Tuesday.
The senior had an MRI exam on Monday, but Taggart did not disclose the results or the severity of the injury. If Cliett can't play, Taggart pointed to former Hillsborough High standout and freshman Nigel Harris, who worked with the No. 1 defense during Tuesday's practice, as his likely replacement.
"For a freshman that hasn't been there, for him to come in and make those plays and play like we want him to is pretty impressive," Taggart said.
Watch your head: Junior DT Todd Chandler said he didn't think of the consequences for continuing to rush the quarterback after his helmet was knocked off Saturday against Michigan State. He was penalized 15 yards for not stopping.
"When you're engaged in a play, you keep going," said Chandler, who had his first career fumble recovery against the Spartans. "I'd rather take that pain than give up a big play any day."
FSU: Fresh blood at KR
TALLAHASSEE — Heading into Saturday's home opener against Nevada, No. 10 Florida State worked on special teams at practice. Specifically, freshman Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield was getting snaps with the No. 1 kick return team.
"We are making sure we get him in there so he feels comfortable so we can get him some opportunities when we think the time is right," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We have to get him involved and get him going. (He brings) athleticism. He is a natural kick returner."
UM: Media rounds
CORAL GABLES — Miami coach Al Golden has been in high demand since Saturday's 21-16 win over Florida returned the No. 15 Hurricanes to the Associated Press Top 25.
On Monday, Golden did eight interviews with local and national news outlets. His radio blitz continues today as he's scheduled for the Colin Cowherd and Jim Rome shows.
He touched on what the win over UF meant to his players.
"It's exciting to think about what our young people have been through for 26 months and counting," Golden said in one interview. "They didn't get that opportunity in a bowl game. They didn't get that opportunity (in the ACC championship game) in Charlotte and I wanted them to enjoy that."
FIU: Player out
MIAMI — Florida International WR Glenn Coleman, who sat out the first two games, will miss the rest of the season because of academic issues, the Miami Herald reported.