Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Colleges

Florida's Marcus Maye might miss Idaho game

GAINESVILLE — The Florida secondary might be without an important player Saturday against Idaho. DB Marcus Maye (hamstring) will be a game-time decision.

Coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday that Maye is day to day but was optimistic the redshirt sophomore would be able to play.

Maye was sharing reps at cornerback, safety and nickel. He played in all 12 games last season.

Gators to MIX IT UP: The secondary will rotate combinations within the secondary Saturday. Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said he feels comfortable with the different personnel that will take reps including Brian Poole, Jabari Gorman, Nick Washington and Maye.

USF: Speeding up

TAMPA — Cryptically, Bulls players and coaches suggest their offense, under new coordinator Paul Wulff, will shift into a higher gear Saturday. How much higher remains the mystery.

Tempo was a point of emphasis in spring drills, when USF regularly snapped the ball with double digits on the play clock. The Bulls indicate fans will recognize changes in pace against Western Carolina.

"I think they'll definitely notice some certain changes there, without having to go into any detail," C Austin Reiter said.

Added Wulff: "As long as we execute what we've been practicing and how we've been doing it, I'm pretty sure they're going to see some things and some differences than what we've done in the past."

blackwood absent: Three days into fall semester, freshman DE Rohan Blackwood remains off the roster as he attempts to resolve academic issues. The former Nature Coast High standout initially was expected to join the program when classes began. Now, his timetable is unclear.

Team spokesman Brian Siegrist said the Bulls remain hopeful he can join them in the spring.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

FSU: Cause supported

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State will wear a "I Fight Fanconi" Kidz1stFund decal on the back of their helmets Saturday against Oklahoma State.

The decal represents a cause for coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi. They started Kidz1stFund in 2011 to raise awareness for a rare blood disease, Fanconi anemia, which afflicts their younger son Ethan.

The Seminoles also wore the decal for last season's opener.

For Saturday's game, the Fishers invited 11-year-old Gage Klein of Andrews, Texas, and his family to attend. Klein, who was a promising athlete in competitive motocross, was diagnosed with FA less than a year ago.

Times wires

Saturday's openers

UF: vs. Idaho, 7, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville. TV: ESPNU

USF: vs. Western Carolina, 7, Raymond James Stadium. TV: None

FSU: vs. Oklahoma State, 8, Arlington, Texas. TV: Ch. 28

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