Monday, December 11, 2017
Colleges

Florida doesn't expect to mimic Oregon's fast pace

GAINESVILLE — Tennessee plays the Gators on Saturday, one week after a 59-14 road loss to No. 2 Oregon. But fans shouldn't expect the Florida offense to light it up in the same manner. That's just not Florida's style now.

"It's always interesting to do some of that," UF offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Tuesday. "You have to understand how they've built this thing for the last five to six years, their kids and how dialed in they are. It's tough for us to say that's us all of a sudden.

"Is using some tempo that we practice? Yeah, there's always that possibility. But to do it how they're doing it, I don't think efficiency-wise we're built that way right now."

Tennessee coach Butch Jones said his team must become tougher mentally.

"To go on the road and play in these types of environments against some quality opponents, not only Oregon but as we continue to progress and move forward throughout the season, our mental toughness and mental conditioning has to take monumental steps forward," Jones said.

USF: Looking inward

TAMPA — Despite the difficult task of facing No. 16 Miami in less than two weeks, USF is keeping the focus on itself during the bye week.

"To be honest, there's not a concern about Miami. It's about USF," coach Willie Taggart said. "It's about us getting better and seeing how good we can be. It's never about our opponent, it's always about us.

"If we play like we're capable of playing, we can play with anyone in the country."

Positive attitude: Taggart said he wants all of his players to have an upbeat mind-set and not dwell on the past three games. He pointed out encouraging signs such as the defense, ranked 23rd in the nation, and senior Marcus Shaw, who is second in the American Athletic Conference in rushing. "We do have some good things going on in our program and we can't not look at those things because we're 0-3," Taggart said. "We have to build on those things."

Saffold praised: Junior DB Torrel Saffold impressed Taggart on Saturday against Florida Atlantic with two tackles after coming in when starter JaQuez Jenkins left with an undisclosed injury. "He played hard, he gave great effort and he made some plays," Taggart said. "Even if he's not doing things right, he's still going 100 mph to where it makes it right sometimes. He gets in position to make plays, and that's what we're asking for."

Jeff Odom, Times correspondent

FSU: Freshman marker

TALLAHASSEE — Jalen Ramsey is the first true freshman to start at cornerback for Florida State since Deion Sanders, an NFL Hall of Famer, in 1985.

Coach Jimbo Fisher has been pleased with Ramsey's two starts, but he is not ready to call him the second coming of "Prime Time."

"He's a heck of a player, but let's just give him a break before we put him in Deion's category," Fisher said with a chuckle, when asked. "He's very mature above his years and I think that's what's allowed him to (start)."

Ramsey (6 feet 1, 195 pounds) has nine tackles and one interception.

Orlando Sentinel

UCF: RB rotation

ORLANDO — UCF coach George O'Leary said he wants to use three running backs moving forward.

The Knights have relied largely on junior Storm Johnson, who is tied for the nation's lead with six rushing touchdowns and ranks 21st with 305 rushing yards. Freshman Will Stanback has also been seeing more playing time, with 25 carries for 129 yards.

But Cedric Thompson has just three carries for 16 yards.

"I want to play three running backs. I want to get Cedric Thompson in the mix out there," O'Leary said. "I want to see fresh legs the whole time. … He's that 3-, 4-, 5-yard straight, north-south guy that can help us on some third-down situations."

Orlando Sentinel

UM: QB won't play

CORAL GABLES — Miami QB Preston Dewey said he can no longer play because of a back injury. He signed in February 2012 but never threw a pass for the Hurricanes. Dewey of Austin, Texas, said he will remain to complete his education, and UM will honor his scholarship.

Times wires

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