Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that senior DE Brandon Jenkins is out for the season with an injured left foot. Jenkins, who led the Seminoles in sacks the past two seasons, was hurt in Saturday's victory over Murray State.
"It was determined that Brandon will miss the 2012 season with a Lisfranc injury," Fisher said in a statement.
Jenkins, first-team All-ACC as a sophomore and second-team last season, was injured when a teammate stepped on his foot in the first half. He could take a redshirt and return, but is projected as a first-round NFL pick.
The news might have Fisher reconsidering his decision to redshirt touted DL recruit Mario Edwards Jr.
USF: Too soon to know on ankle injuries
TAMPA — Two key members of USF's offense missed Monday's practice with ankle injuries, and coach Skip Holtz said it's too soon to know how long RB Marcus Shaw and OT Darrell Williams will be sidelined.
Holtz said Shaw is the bigger question: "We have to see how he's going to respond.''
Holtz said Williams "was really limited'' in Saturday's win over Chattanooga. "Dealing with ankle, you're dealing with a tendon, you don't know how fast the healing process is going to begin. There's not an exact science with that, so we have to wait and play it by ear,'' Holtz said.
Shaw, who rushed for 22 yards on four carries, had his ankle iced after the game. Williams sprained his ankle in practice Tuesday and was held out of the game. If Shaw can't play, it could impact plans to redshirt senior RB Lindsey Lamar; if Williams can't go, the Bulls could stick with Saturday's starter, senior Damien Edwards, or could move LG Mark Popek back outside to where he started every game last season.
If Popek goes back to tackle, Holtz said there are several options for left guard, including backup guards Brynjar Gudmundsson and Lawrence Martin, or Max Lang, who started at right tackle and is listed behind Quinterrius Eatmon on the depth chart.
THIS AND THAT: LB DeDe Lattimore, who had a team-best 10 tackles, including 2.5 for losses, was named to the Big East's weekly honor roll. The Bulls totaled 12 tackles for loss, for a combined 69 yards against Chattanooga. … In all, 30 players made their USF debut Saturday, including several local walk-ons: Tyler Robb (Tampa Catholic), Spencer Cavalieri (Gaither), Mattias Ciabatti (Hillsborough), Jake Smith (Bloomingdale), Mak Djulbegovic (Carrollwood Day) and Stefan Konjanovski (Largo).
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
UCF: RB questionable
ORLANDO — UCF coach George O'Leary said senior RB Latavius Murray was "week-to-week" with a bruised shoulder. He gained 108 yards on 14 carries in Thursday's win at Akron.
QUICKER PLEASE: O'Leary said sophomore QB Blake Bortles played well in his first career start, but he has to get rid of the football faster next time against No. 18 Ohio State. Bortles took a few big hits Thursday that O'Leary attributed to a breakdown in protection and the quarterback holding the ball too long.
Iliana Limón Romero, Orlando Sentinel
UM: Humble frosh
CORAL GABLES — Miami RB Duke Johnson had the most yards of any freshman in the country on opening weekend with 135 in Saturday's win at Boston College. He had two touchdown runs, both exceeding 50 yards — something only three major-college players did in one game last season. He even got a mention in a tweet from NBA MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat.
Johnson's reaction to his performance and the ensuing hoopla?
"My sister and a couple of my friends, they were more excited than I was," Johnson said.