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FSU suspends WR Reed for one game

SPECIAL WAYS: Brandon James, returning a punt for a touchdown last month at Tennessee, is a big reason Florida ranks second in the SEC in kick returns. Its foe Saturday, Kentucky, is first.

BRIAN CASSELLA | Times

SPECIAL WAYS: Brandon James, returning a punt for a touchdown last month at Tennessee, is a big reason Florida ranks second in the SEC in kick returns. Its foe Saturday, Kentucky, is first.

TALLAHASSEE — A one-game suspension for WR Bert Reed leaves Florida State without one of its top scoring threats Saturday against Virginia Tech.

Reed, averaging 17.3 yards a catch, is tied for the team lead with three TD catches. The freshman from Panama City was suspended for violating FSU's new class-attendance policy.

In the ACC's weekly media teleconference Wednesday, coach Bobby Bowden declined to give a reason for the disciplinary action. But after rumors started swirling on the Internet, Bowden told reporters after practice that he wanted to end "speculation."

"I was afraid some people were making too much of (it)," Bowden said.

BIG MOMENT: Former Hernando High standout Rod Roberts is still getting congratulations from friends and family on his big play Thursday at N.C. State. Roberts, a special-teamer on the field for only one defensive snap, broke up a late fourth-down pass to help preserve a six-point Seminole lead. "When I get opportunities, I try to make plays," the senior said.

USF: Running quandry

TAMPA — Louisville averages 210.7 rushing yards a game, 18th nationally, but the Cardinals haven't faced a run defense like USF's. The Bulls rank seventh, allowing 77.3 yards a game, though they've allowed Pittsburgh's LeSean McCoy and Syracuse's Curtis Brinkley to pass 100 yards in their past two.

"We've got to stop the run, first and foremost," DE George Selvie said. "…Hopefully when we stop the run, we'll have them where we want them."

WILL HE PLAY: Senior G Matt Huners (right ankle) left Saturday's game and has been held out of practice, but he said he expects to start Saturday.

"I got rolled up on a play, and my ankle's pretty sore," he said. "I'm just trying to get it ready for this week. I feel fine right now."

Redshirt freshman Jeremiah Warren worked with the first team Wednesday and coach Jim Leavitt said with four seniors starting, it's important that young linemen get experience.

"Could (Huners) have gone today if he had to? I think so," he said. "We've got to get those other guys ready."

UF: Special time

GAINESVILLE — Special teams could play a big role Saturday when No. 5 Florida hosts Kentucky. The Wildcats and Gators rank No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the SEC in kickoff return yardage. Kentucky also ranks second in the league in kickoff coverage, earning a net of 46.9 yards on kickoffs.

UF coach Urban Meyer expects a heated matchup.

"They're usually the best special teams that we face," he said Wednesday.

ELECTION TALK: It seems discussion of the presidential race has made its way into the college football landscape. Michelle Obama, wife of the Democratic Party candidate, spoke Tuesday in Gainesville.

Meyer doesn't mind the subject in the locker room.

"I love when our guys talk about that stuff," he said. "…I just think that's great and that's very mature. When I was 18 years old, that wasn't at the top of my list."

TARTT OUT: OL Jim Tartt (shoulder) won't play Saturday, Meyer said. Tartt has had several surgeries to correct the chronic issue but has been unable to get back to 100 percent this season.

Miami: QB question

MIAMI — Rodney Harris, father of QB Jacory Harris, told the Miami Herald that his son and former Plant star Robert Marve "need to be starters, whether it's (at UM or elsewhere).'' Coach Randy Shannon said it's "too far ahead to think about" how long the situation of time-splitting will go on.

UCF: Fans frustrated

ORLANDO — Coach George O'Leary knows UCF fans are frustrated at the team's offense (119th, last in Division I-A) but says no drastic changes are needed. "All you can do is stay the course," O'Leary told the Orlando Sentinel. "Some guy sent me two plays that (he said) will always be a touchdown. I sent one back. I only need one if it's a touchdown. I don't need the second."

Times staff writer Greg Auman and correspondent Phil Kegler contributed to this report, which used Times wires.

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Miami vs. Wake Forest: noon Saturday, ESPN2

UF vs. Kentucky: 12:30 Saturday, Ch. 38

FSU vs. Virginia Tech: 3:30 Saturday, Ch. 28

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