TALLAHASSEE — Junior LB Nigel Carr, who is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, has been released from his scholarship and is free to transfer to another school, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced Wednesday.
Carr was, in accordance with athletic department policy, indefinitely suspended last month when he was arrested by Tallahassee police and charged with two counts of burglary of a car (a felony), felony fraud (attempting to use someone else's identification), property damage (a misdemeanor since it was less than $200) and larceny (taking a credit card, another misdemeanor).
In a separate incident just days before, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession; he is scheduled to be arraigned on that charge on Sept. 2.
Carr had 26 tackles in 13 games last season.
UF: Role swapping
GAINESVILLE — With offensive linemen Matt Patchan (wrist) and Xavier Nixon (ankle) limited with injuries, Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio has been forced to shuffle his big men this week.
With the understanding that both those injuries are minor, Addazio said mixing the lineup in camp can pay off later this season. In addition to playing center, Mike Pouncey has practiced at right tackle. And OT Marcus Gilbert has played all the guard and tackle positions this week.
"You need it," Pouncey said of playing other roles. "You never know in the course of a game what could happen. Some guy could go down and you need your best players to play different positions."
Although Pouncey, Gilbert, and guards Carl Johnson and Maurice Hurt have earned starting spots, Addazio said the time with the younger players has been revealing. He has been impressed with sophomore Nick Alajajian, who has played center and tackle.
Tyler Jett, Times correspondent
USF: Charges dropped for former back Ford
TAMPA — Former USF RB Mike Ford, who was arrested in Sarasota in June on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery, has been cleared of that count after prosecutors declined to press charges.
Ford was accused of pushing and hitting Berneta Bean, 31, who described herself as an "on and off" girlfriend and mother to two children with him. He was scheduled for an arraignment last Thursday, but that hearing was canceled. Ford was dismissed from the team this spring for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Ford did not return a message seeking comment Wednesday, and prosecutors in Sarasota did not return a message asking why the charges were dropped.
Quick hits: Sophomore LB Sam Barrington remained in county jail for a second night, held without bond, and is scheduled for a court appearance this afternoon relating to a July arrest for driving with a suspended license. Barrington has been arrested three times in the last 13 months, all relating to missed court dates and traffic problems involving driving with a suspended license. … The Bulls leave Vero Beach for Tampa after this morning's practice.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
UM: Harris finds form
CORAL GABLES — QB Jacory Harris, who had thumb surgery in January to repair ligament damage and missed spring practice, appears to have returned to form throwing the ball.
"He's doing a good job of reading what we're doing," coach Randy Shannon said. "If we drop back deep, he's been throwing the ball underneath well. If it's man-to-man, he's taking shots, which you want the offense to do."
South Florida Sun Sentinel
UCF: QB not quite set
ORLANDO — Offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe said the Knights have a battle brewing for the starting quarterback job.
Junior Rob Calabrese entered camp as the starter, but true freshman backup Jeffrey Godfrey has shined lately.
"The gap's been closed," Taaffe said. "The plan is to play both of those guy early on and see how it goes. … We'll probably know better after Saturday's scrimmage."