TALLAHASSEE — Although there was still a chance that university police could file charges against some or all of the receivers implicated in last week's campus brawl, Florida State wrapped up practice Thursday with the intention of taking its entire squad to Maryland.
Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said all five receivers who were suspended from last week's loss to Boston College — Bert Reed, Taiwan Easterling, Corey Surrency, Cameron Wade and Richard Goodman — practiced this week and were expecting to play Saturday.
"Control what you can control and don't worry about it," Fisher said. "We're going to take care of our business and move on. We went through it last week, so we ought to know how to handle it."
A bystander at the brawl was hit by a chair, and whoever threw it could face a felony charge. If felony charges are filed against a player, school policy requires that player to be suspended automatically. If misdemeanor charges are filed, any suspension would be up to the coaches.
The coaches didn't find out until Nov. 14 that the five receivers would be suspended from the BC game by coach Bobby Bowden.
Tackle back: Freshman LT Andrew Datko, who dislocated his elbow last week, practiced with the first team and is expected to start vs. Maryland.
USF: Grothe limited but back on field
TAMPA — QB Matt Grothe took the practice field Thursday, though USF coach Jim Leavitt said the junior was very limited.
"Matt ran a little bit today, but I didn't want him to do too much," Leavitt said. "He'll go (today) quite a bit. Because (the game is) Sunday night and not Saturday, I just want to wait another day."
Grothe twisted his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 49-16 loss to Rutgers. Leavitt said backup QB Grant Gregory has taken nearly all of the first-team reps in practice this week.
"Grant's really running the offense right now," Leavitt said. "Matt's repped a lot this year, so Grant's the one that needs all the reps."
Also improving: Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said redshirt freshman CB Quenton Washington, who missed Saturday's game with a back injury, has shown progress during the week. He said Washington will be a starter if he is healthy enough to play Sunday night against Connecticut.
Because senior Tyller Roberts has also been limited in practice, if Washington can't play, redshirt freshman Tyson Butler, who has five tackles this season, could be pressed into starting.
UF: Defensive tackle up for courage award
GAINESVILLE — Florida DT Brandon Antwine has been nominated for the 2008 Orange Bowl Courage Award. The redshirt sophomore is getting regular playing time in the rotation after many believed he would never play football again.
Antwine spent time in the hospital in October 2007 and has battled kidney failure and a major breakdown of his lower back muscles. He spent weeks in a wheelchair before having to relearn how to walk.
The winner of the award will be announced in December.
Injury update: Tampa native LB A.J. Jones (knee) is questionable for Saturday against the Citadel. Jones sprained a posterior cruciate ligament and did not play last week against South Carolina. Coach Urban Meyer said Jones could be ready to go but did not practice much this week.
Senior OL Jim Tartt (shoulder) will likely start at left guard, Meyer said. Carl Johnson has been the recent starter at that position but sprained a medial collateral ligament. Johnson will be available to play Saturday.
Times staff writer Greg Auman and correspondents Joe Rienzi and Phil Kegler contributed to this report.