TALLAHASSEE — FSU coach Jimbo Fisher is looking for a differencemaker on defense, so sophomore CB Greg Reid is challenging opposing quarterbacks to throw to his side.
"Just like Jimbo preach every day; you've got to want it," Reid said. "You've got to have confidence, and I just make plays, man. You can't throw a out route, you can't throw a slant, you can't throw a bubble (screen) on my side. You can't do nothing. That's how I see it."
Reid led the nation as a freshman in average yards per punt return. He intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown. He didn't start at cornerback but seemed to provide an energy whenever he entered a game.
Fisher said Reid will be used on offense as well, but he wouldn't specify whether Reid will be used in a wildcat formation and receive direct snaps or play receiver or elsewhere.
Uh-ohs: After Friday's scrimmage, Fisher said the number of fumbles would have a "big-time" effect on the position battle at running back, where sophomore Chris Thompson and junior Jermaine Thomas are competing for the starting job.
UF: Progress all over
GAINESVILLE — It wasn't perfect by any means, but Florida's first full scrimmage yielded many positives, players and coaches said Saturday.
"We're trying to figure out what our players can do right now," QB John Brantley said. "Everyone had a great day, from our receivers to our running backs to our defense. Everyone came out wanting to scrimmage. We got better (Saturday), that's for sure."
The Gators entered the day hoping to get a better look at the defense, where several positions have multiple players vying for starting roles.
"It was good, a lot of effort," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "Obviously there are a lot of areas we have to improve over the next three weeks, but we're making progress."
INJURY UPDATE: Senior LB Brandon Hicks did not practice after being taken to a hospital for dehydration Friday, but he is recovering. … WR Chris Rainey has not returned to contact drills after undergoing a medical procedure for an accelerated heartbeat last week. But recievers coach Zach Azzanni said he expects Rainey to be at full speed this week.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
UM: Slow returns
MIAMI — RB Graig Cooper and LB Jordan Futch, both recuperating from reconstructive knee surgeries, are being eased back into contact drills, Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon said.
"Nine-on-nine drills went well," Shannon said when asked if Cooper had his first contact a day earlier. "He caught a couple passes, but not like the middle drills. It's contact when they get bumped and stuff like that."
Shannon said Cooper and Futch will not participate in Wednesday's scrimmage. "That'll be a long time before they do something like that."
Quick hits: LT Orlando Franklin, a 6-foot-7 senior who played guard last season, has dropped 10 pounds to reach 310. "I'm the lightest I've ever been," he said. "I want to be able to play 99.9 percent of the snaps this year." … Shannon raved about new TE Chase Ford, a 6-6, 245-pound transfer from Kilgore (Texas) Junior College. He has been compared to former Hurricanes standout Jeremy Shockey. Ford was the 2009 Southwest Junior College Football Conference's most valuable player with 32 receptions for 545 yards.
UCF: Line changes
ORLANDO — The coaching staff made wholesale changes to the first- and second-string offensive lines after Thursday's scrimmage. The most notable change was redshirt freshman Chris Martin's promotion to starting left tackle. "I just thought that athletically, I thought we had to get a little more speed at the point, so I moved Chris Martin up and moved (Nick) Pieschel to right guard," coach George O'Leary said. "I think that's something that gives us a little more versatility up front."