TALLAHASSEE — In Jimbo Fisher's eyes, if only every EJ Manuel critic had the benefit of seeing the film the Florida State coach watches each Sunday and Monday morning, then perhaps their view of the junior quarterback would change.
To Fisher, one word describes Manuel's impact.
"He's the 'eraser,' " Fisher said.
Fisher said mistakes were made in Saturday's loss to Virginia that had little to do with Manuel that he actually tried to "erase" in the game.
"He had four plays," Fisher said. "He missed a big touchdown throw down the middle. An option read he should have kept. The sack at the end of the game, we weren't planning on the running back missing the block. … (After another missed block Manuel had) a fumble in the red zone (on a passing attempt) and instead should have just ate the ball."
Take those plays away and Manuel's 200-yard passing performance looks decent, Fisher said.
UF: Demps eyes NFL
GAINESVILLE — Florida RB Jeff Demps said Tuesday he will forgo a track career if he is selected high enough in the NFL draft in April.
The senior, who has won back-to-back national championships in the 60-meter dash, would not say how much NFL money he would need to turn down track. He added he probably won't run at UF next semester, and he doesn't plan to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June.
"(Growing up), the Olympics, it wasn't there," he said. "I was always a football guy that watched football, and when I started running in high school I started to look into track."
Tyler Jett, Times correspondent
USF: Foe looks familiar
TAMPA — USF's defense will face a familiar challenge Friday: Louisville freshman QB Teddy Bridgewater, who defensive coordinator Mark Snyder said has a comparable game to the most recent QB the Bulls faced, Miami's Jacory Harris.
"You look at (Bridgewater) athletically, he's just like the guy we just played," he said. "I mean, they're from the same high school. You watch the film you think you're watching Jacory Harris play."
Bridgewater, who has nine TDs, nine INTs, 1,614 yards and three rushing TDs, is elusive in the pocket like Harris and is doing a better job of using all his receivers, Snyder said.
Ian Lanphier, Times correspondent
UM: 'No regrets' for QB
CORAL GABLES — Jacory Harris has had a wild ride in his four years at Miami.
And now it's coming to an end.
Harris plays his final college game Friday against Boston College. With Miami passing up bowl opportunities, the finale comes faster than expected.
"I enjoyed every last bit of it," Harris said. "I kind of live life pretty fast. I got to go through adversity pretty young. I've been through hard times, go through good times, when everybody loves you, when everybody hates you. It kind of makes you grow and mature as a person so that you can see things. And when I go through life after football, I don't think anything will be able to faze me.
"No regrets. I've enjoyed everything that comes with being part of this team."