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Florida State, bay area tight end Kerr hurts knee

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State freshman tight end and St. Petersburg High graduate Jeremy Kerr is out "a good month" with torn cartilage in his right knee, coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday.

Kerr was hurt Wednesday when he came down awkwardly during practice. Surgery has not been scheduled.

"We MRI'd it, and it was no ACL," Fisher said. "But … it was a pretty decent cartilage tear."

Kerr is the third tight end FSU has lost. Christo Kourtzidis transferred, and Kevin Haplea tore an ACL last month.

Gone for good: WR Willie Haulstead's career is over after he was declared academically ineligible. In 2010, he caught 38 passes for 587 yards and six touchdowns. But he missed all of 2011 with a concussion then barely played last season.

USF: Champ speaks

TAMPA — Thursday was USF's first practice in pads under coach Willie Taggart, who had a close friend speak: Ravens coach John Harbaugh, fresh off a Super Bowl championship and in town for a preseason game against the Bucs.

Harbaugh, wearing a USF ball cap and gray Ravens T-shirt, spoke about a half-hour into the morning workout.

Harbaugh's brother, 49ers coach Jim, recruited Taggart to play for their father, Jack, at Western Kentucky. Taggart spent three years on Jim's staff at Stanford and worked an NFL internship on John's staff.

Harbaugh jokingly referred to Taggart as his father's "first son" and talked to players about forging their identity this fall: "What do you want to be known for?"

He added his Ravens teams always start with being rough and tough and reminded players they are barely older than the program they represent.

THIS AND THAT: USF will go in full pads today after adding shoulder pads Thursday. … The team travels Saturday to Vero Beach, where it will practice for eight days.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

UF: Barking LB back

GAINESVILLE — Florida LB Antonio Morrison was reinstated and is expected to return to practice today.

Coach Will Muschamp was not available to comment but is set to talk to the media today.

Morrison, on the SEC coaches' all-freshman team in 2012, remains suspended for two games, home against Toledo and at Miami. He was arrested twice this summer. Charges for interfering with a police animal and resisting arrest without violence for barking at a police dog were dismissed. For punching a doorman who wouldn't waive the club's cover charge, he agreed to deferred prosecution.

Also back: Starting QB Jeff Driskel, who had an appendectomy July 31, returned. The school tweeted a photo of him throwing passes with the caption, "Good to see No. 6 back out on the field in action tonight!"

Another injury: No diagnosis has been announced for freshman LB Matt Rolin, who hurt his left knee Wednesday. But Rolin, who had surgery on the knee in January, tweeted, "Some things in life just aren't fair."

Antonya English, Times staff writer, Times wires

UM: Guard sidelined

CORAL GABLES — G Danny Isidora needs foot surgery and is out indefinitely, Miami coach Al Golden said. He didn't disclose details. The redshirt freshman was named the spring's most improved offensive player and was competing to start.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Around the nation

LSU: Starting left guard Josh Williford's career is in jeopardy after he sustained his second concussion in a year, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. The paper reported the senior "was unconscious for about five minutes after a pileup" at practice. Williford has started 19 games but missed the final seven of 2012 with a concussion. Coach Les Miles was unavailable for comment.

Manziel update: Jim Darnell, the lawyer for the family of Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, said he believes the quarterback will start the Aug. 31 opener. ESPN has reported the NCAA is investigating whether the 2012 Heisman winner took money for signing autographs, jeopardizing his eligibility. "He's cooperating with the (NCAA) investigation," said Darnell, who represented Baylor men's basketball and ex-USC men's basketball coach Tim Floyd in NCAA-related matters. "We think when all this comes out on the other end, he'll be the starting quarterback … against Rice."

QB autopsy: Cullen Finnerty, a record-setting Division II quarterback at Grand Valley State, died of pneumonia caused by inhaling his vomit, according to an updated autopsy. Finnerty, 30, disappeared during a fishing trip in Michigan on May 26. The report said anxiety and paranoia, for which he had a history, might have been exacerbated by an elevated level of oxycodone and traumatic encephalopathy, the brain disease found in some ex-football players.

Times wires

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