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Florida Gators OL Matt Patchan healing quickly

GAINESVILLE — Florida OL Matt Patchan's fractured wrist might be healing faster than anticipated. He had been expected to miss 10-14 days but could be back sooner.

"Good news on him; it (his cast) is going to come off," coach Urban Meyer said Friday. "I think he's going to start running (today). So that's really good news for him."

Patchan, a former Armwood High standout, missed most of last season with a severe ACL injury to his right knee. He was practicing with the starters before he injured his wrist.

WR Chris Rainey returned after missing several practices this week because of an accelerated heartbeat. Meyer said Rainey looked like he had "fresh legs" and expects him to make a full return today or Monday.

The Gators will hold their first scrimmage today, and Meyer said they will be looking at specific areas.

"(On) offense is going to be playmakers and defense to try to establish a rotation up front," he said. "And then I couldn't tell you who our starting linebackers are right now."

Hicks scare: LB Brandon Hicks was taken to a hospital after suffering from dehydration during practice.

Athletics spokesman Steve McClain said Friday afternoon that Hicks was treated and doing fine.

Hicks, a senior from Jacksonville, has appeared in 27 games and has six starts.

FSU: Fisher not all giddy at scrimmage

After watching just one scrimmage, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher isn't as impressed with his offense as the rest of the country seems to be. The Seminoles scrimmaged for the first time, and the offense performed so well that Fisher declined to release statistics.

"About how they played last year, wasn't it?" Fisher said. "You guys got us anointed as a great offense. Not me. We don't play great every game."

And they didn't play well in the scrimmage, which was closed to the media and public. Senior QB Christian Ponder looked "very average," Fisher said.

Ponder counted "five or six" turnovers and described the offense's performance as "embarrassing."

"It was just a complete lack of focus," Ponder said. " … If we play like this, we're going to lose a lot of games."

LT Andrew Datko, RG David Spurlock and DT Everett Dawkins sat out with minor ailments.

Orlando Sentinel

USF: Holtz geared up for first scrimmage

VERO BEACH — USF coach Skip Holtz expects to weed out a scout team after his first scrimmage.

The Bulls play the first of three scheduled scrimmages at 11 a.m. today at Vero Beach Sports Village.

Holtz said he will let the likely starters go about 20 plays, but the players competing for Nos. 2 and 3 spots will get nearly 40 plays each.

"There's quite a few (position battles) going on at the twos across the board," Holtz said. "There are a couple starting jobs to be competed for, but predominantly it's the twos and threes competing. That line is big right now, and that's what this scrimmage early is all about because once that line is drawn, then we develop scout teams and who we start to work with."

Quick hits: Sophomore TE Jeff Hawkins returned to the field for his first practice since the team left Tampa. Lingering concussionlike symptoms had kept him from practicing since Sunday. "It felt good," Hawkins said. "I haven't run in a while, so my legs are fresh, and my head's feeling good, too." … CB Quenton Washington (hamstring) and WR Victor Marc (knee) returned to practice, LB Sam Barrington (shoulder) was limited, and WR T.J. Knowles stayed out because of heat-related issues.

Laurel Pfahler, Special to the Times

Miami: Two return

CORAL GABLES — RB Graig Cooper (knee) and LB Jordan Futch (knee) participated in contact drills for the first time, and senior Kylan Robinson would start at middle linebacker if the season began today, coach Randy Shannon said.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

UCF: O-line shifts

UCF coach George O'Leary rearranged the depth chart for the offensive line, moving redshirt freshman Chris Martin, a former defensive lineman, to starting left tackle and junior Nick Pieschel, who had started at left tackle, to right guard.

Orlando Sentinel

Fast facts


Miami: vs. Florida A&M, Sept. 2, TBA

USF: vs. Stony Brook, 7 p.m. Sept. 4

Florida: vs. Miami (Ohio), noon Sept. 4, ESPN

Florida State: vs. Samford, noon Sept. 4, ESPNU

UCF: vs. South Dakota, 6 p.m. Sept. 4

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