GAINESVILLE — Florida OL Chaz Green, a Tampa Catholic alum, will miss the 2013 season after suffering a torn labrum in practice Aug. 20.
Green started 10 games last season, hampered much of the time with an ankle injury. He is the third Gator to suffer a season-ending injury during fall camp, joining WR/KR Andre Debose and LB Matt Rolin who both suffered ACL injuries. Green is expected to have surgery this week.
"Chaz was playing his best football, was playing extremely well," coach Will Muschamp said. "Certainly had solidified himself at the right tackle spot. Disappointing news as far as that's concerned."
Tyler Moore will assume the starting role at right tackle, along with Trenton Brown.
EARLY RETURN: Muschamp said Monday he is reducing LB Antonio Morrison's suspension from two games to one, meaning the sophomore will play Sept. 7 at Miami. Morrison was suspended in July after his second arrest in a 35-day span — for barking at an on-duty police dog. One week later, the Gainesville State Attorney dropped the charges.
"After a thorough review of Antonio Morrison's situation and how he has handled his punishment, I'm going to suspend him for this game only," Muschamp said. "I just don't feel like his actions warranted a two-game suspension."
Antonya English, Times staff writer
USF: QB in command
TAMPA — USF coach Willie Taggart said it wasn't an easy decision to name sophomore Matt Floyd as starting QB, but he doesn't want him looking over his shoulder every week.
"Matt understands we're not going to go in game by game, him worrying about his position being taken," Taggart said. "We're going to get behind Matt and support him. He also knows we need production from that position."
Taggart chose Floyd over Bobby Eveld and Penn State transfer Steven Bench. Taggart said he likes the depth at quarterback.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
UM: Maturity needed
CORAL GABLES — Heading into Friday's opener against FAU, Miami coach Al Golden is asking his players to evade what could be the most crushing blow this season.
The Hurricanes are still waiting for the NCAA's Committee on Infractions to announce whether it will hit the program with additional sanctions after a sprawling investigation into former booster Nevin Shapiro's ties to the Hurricanes program.
"I hope we have a mature group, I really do," Golden said. "I hope our guys are focused on just one thing — that's Florida Atlantic and getting better today."