TALLAHASSEE — Florida State began fall practice Thursday without two touted junior college transfers who would have filled positions of need but haven't qualified academically.
Coach Jimbo Fisher said he is optimistic CB Mike Harris eventually will be cleared, but he isn't optimistic about DE/LB Glen Stanley.
"Doesn't look like it from what I understand," he said.
Stanley was originally a USC commitment. Last week, he said he would play at FSU after USC released him from his national letter of intent.
Jurisprudence: S Ed Imeokparia, who faced a felony charge in connection with the theft of a cell phone from a Panama City store in June, accepted a pretrial intervention program. The charge will be dropped if he completes 96 hours of community service and pays for the program ($200) and a fine ($295).
Quick hits: DT Anthony McCloud was carted off the field toward the end of practice due to a heat-related issue. Several players cramped up due to the heat toward the end. … Fisher said he was pleased with the progress of several players who missed spring practice due to injury, including QB EJ Manuel, RT Zebrie Sanders and CB Avis Commack. … Players wore undershirts with the 2010 team motto: "Attitude."
Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.
USF: Coaches work on teaching schemes
TAMPA — With no pads yet and much to learn, USF's first four practices will focus on installing new schemes. The heavy contact will follow next week in Vero Beach.
"I was really pleased with the way the upperclassmen retained everything," coach Skip Holtz said. "A lot of younger guys are drinking through a firehose. We're giving them much more than they can absorb."
QB watch: Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch got his first look at 6-foot-4 freshman QBs Jamius Gunsby and Bobby Eveld and was impressed.
"With Jamius, you see raw talent. He doesn't know what he's doing, and yet you see him step and throw and get the ball out there; miss a read totally but make a completion," he said. "Bobby was in a compatible offense to what we run as background, saw things better overall, had a better feel, got the ball a little bit better on time."
THIS AND THAT: Three freshman offensive linemen came in even bigger than expected. Tony Kibler and Jake Kaufman are listed at 355 and 362 pounds, 40 pounds more than on signing day, Quinterrious Eatmon at 340, 20 pounds more. … Freshman CB Terrence Mitchell, trying to crack the two-deep, got a look on kickoff returns. … The only newcomer missing was transfer RB Dontae Aycock. But Holtz said he expects him in today.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
UM: Leading rusher returns from injury
CORAL GABLES — RB Graig Cooper took part in Miami's first practice, seven months removed from a major right knee injury. Cooper, who rushed for a team-high 695 yards last season, limped at times but participated in running and catching drills.
Cooper's knee gave out on a slippery turf during the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29. The school did not disclose specifics of the injury or surgery.
"Some days, he's going to practice. Some days, he's not," said coach Randy Shannon, who added Cooper won't play in the first scrimmage on Aug. 11. "We're going to ease him into it."
Big freshman arrives: OL Seantrel Henderson, considered by some the nation's top recruit, practiced a day after arriving on campus. The 6-foot-8, 330-pounder originally signed with USC, but the Trojans released him from the letter of intent after they were hit with NCAA sanctions.
Shannon said the freshman, who was not made available for comment, "will have a chance" to play his way into the rotation.
UCF: Players did nicely, however …
ORLANDO — UCF coach George O'Leary said players did a good job during the first practice, but he is never pleased. With 18 returning starters, O'Leary said he expects more.
"We've got a long way to go," he said. "You assume they know nothing, and they did. A lot of the movements and all that were slow and too lethargic."
Relaxed: Senior LB Derrick Hallman missed part of practice in order to take his final exam in his summer yoga class. He said he is sharing tips with his teammate.
"I teach my guys how to breath now," he said; "how to recover faster and everything."