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Florida Gators' Jeff Driskel continues quarterback battle despite bruised shoulder blade; USF Bulls release depth chart

GAINESVILLE — Florida's Jeff Driskel, who is battling for the starting quarterback job, was diagnosed with a bruised shoulder blade, but the sophomore was not kept out of practice and won't miss any reps, coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday.

"We expect him to be fine," Muschamp said. "The competition is ongoing. It hasn't affected anything we're trying to do or how we're trying to prepare our football team."

Driskel will wear a noncontact jersey for one week, and he will be re-evaluated Monday and Aug. 27, which is the Monday before the season opener against Bowling Green. Driskel is battling sophomore Jacoby Brissett, who also will return to noncontact status for now.

Muschamp had refuted reports that Driskel had sustained a severe shoulder injury.

Driskel told Muschamp that he needed to review video to see when he might have been injured.

PHU grad out: Palm Harbor University alumnus Mike McNeely broke a foot and is expected to be out six weeks. McNeely, a walk-on, played in seven games last season on the kickoff unit.

USF depth chart to remain in flux

TAMPA — The Bulls released their first official depth chart of the preseason, with some surprises and six true freshmen listed as top backups.

"Obviously, it is a fluid listing with potential changes each day," coach Skip Holtz said. "We took a hard look at each position and determined how the pieces would fit."

Most notable after Monday's scrimmage is a shift on the offensive line. Sophomore Darrell Williams moves up to starting left tackle, with senior Mark Popek, last year's starter, moving to starting left guard.

On defense, sophomore Reshard Cliett, a converted safety, is listed at starting strongside linebacker, and last year's starter, senior Sam Barrington, now is listed as a co-starter at middle linebacker with senior Mike Lanaris.

Six first-year Bulls were listed as top backups: WR D'Vario Montgomery, TE Sean Price, DEs Eric Lee and Daniel Perry, weakside LB Tashon Whitehurst and CB Chris Bivins.

Also of note: Senior Damien Edwards, who had been working at starting left guard, is now Williams' top backup at left tackle. … Two projected starters — DT Cory Grissom and DE Julius Forte are not listed on the depth chart. They started practicing just this week recovering from ankle injuries. … At cornerback opposite Kayvon Webster, senior George Baker and redshirt freshman Kenneth Durden are listed as co-starters, with junior Fidel Montgomery now listed as Webster's top backup. … There are no less than 13 spots (nine on offense) where an "or" is listed on the depth chart, suggesting an even position battle with less than three weeks before the Sept. 1 opener.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

UCF asks for expedited appeal

ORLANDO — The Knights may still face a postseason ban this season after requesting an expedited appeal for that part of the sanctions levied against them by the NCAA last month.

The school was notifying the NCAA of its intent to appeal Wednesday, UCF spokesman Grant Heston said.

"We have cooperated with and respect the NCAA but believe the football postseason ban is not appropriate," Heston said in a statement.

University president John Hitt has hired former NCAA investigator Michael Glazier to aid the school in the appeals process, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The NCAA imposed one-year postseason bans for men's basketball and football on July 31. Those penalties were in addition to a $50,000 fine, adding two years to UCF's previously proposed three years' probation, reduction of basketball scholarships, the vacating of basketball victories and tighter limits on football recruiting visit days.

UCF has accepted all other penalties except the football postseason ban, Heston said.

The punishments stem from a 2011 investigation that found the programs were involved with runners for sports agents and making cash payments to recruits.

If the appeal is not decided by season's end, UCF would serve the ban in 2013, when it begins competing in the Big East in all sports. Next season is also the final year of the Big East's automatic qualifier status to the Bowl Championship Series.

Times wires

UM: Hurting some

CORAL GABLES — Health issues are creeping into the Hurricanes' camp.

DE Anthony Chickillo, a former Alonso High standout, practiced sick, saying he had stomach flu. Reserve freshman LB Raphael Kirby has a hard cast on his lower leg, and though he will not need surgery, he will miss considerable time. LB Thurston Armbrister wore protective glasses after being poked in the eye last week.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Florida Gators' Jeff Driskel continues quarterback battle despite bruised shoulder blade; USF Bulls release depth chart 08/15/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:29pm]

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