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Florida State DT Moses McCray tears ACL, out for season

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State DT Moses McCray, a former Hillsborough High star, has a torn left ACL and will miss the season, coach Jimbo Fisher said Tuesday.

The junior started nine games last season and played in 12 (12 tackles) despite an ailing elbow that, along with a shoulder injury, required offseason surgery. McCray, 20, missed the spring while recovering but looked to be a force inside after adding weight (up to 302 pounds) and muscle.

But he injured his knee during Saturday night's practice, a day after RB Tavares Pressley was hurt. Pressley, a fifth-year senior who lost the 2008 season to a torn ACL, tore his right ACL in Friday's practice and is out for the year.

"Neither guy was hit," Fisher said. "Neither one had a guy around him, just stuck their foot in the ground and it went. It's unfortunate, very unfortunate."

The loss of McCray leaves the Seminoles with just two experienced interior linemen back from last year: redshirt sophomore Everett Dawkins, a converted defensive end who started seven games last season and had 14 tackles, and heralded sophomore Jacobbi McDaniel (two starts, 25 tackles, two forced fumbles).

But Fisher said there's developing talent, beginning with former Alonso High standout Demonte McAllister, a redshirt freshman who has bulked up from 258 pounds to 280 as he made the transition from a rush end.

Meanwhile, junior college transfer Anthony McCloud played one year at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College in 2008 and has been impressive in camp, and that's critical with signee Damien Jacobs going to junior college.

Miami: Scrimmage could get physical

CORAL GABLES — Not even a week into training camp, Miami coach Randy Shannon wants to see what the Hurricanes have learned.

Miami will have a 115-play controlled scrimmage tonight, and Shannon thinks it'll be physical.

"You can't worry about guys getting hurt," Shannon said. "If guys don't practice, they can't get into a rhythm and into football shape. … They have to get used to the contact and get used to the bruising and get your body used to it."

The 'Canes will run 80-89 offensive plays and focus the rest on special teams.

"We go at each other like we're enemies," WR LaRon Byrd said. " … Once it's scrimmage time, it's no more friends."

Shannon might not even make quarterbacks off-limits from contact: "It depends how I wake up that day."

UCF: Corner steps up

UCF senior CB Justin Boddie has made the most of being promoted to the starting rotation, making several big plays during practice.

"My confidence level is really high right now," said Boddie, who consistently has been breaking up passes. "I just have to keep it like that."

Information from Times wires and the Orlando Sentinel was used in this report.

Fast facts

Openers

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

USF: vs. Stony Brook, Sept. 4, TBA

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

Florida State DT Moses McCray tears ACL, out for season 08/10/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 7:55pm]
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