GAINESVILLE — Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves will have treatment the next several days after sustaining a bone bruise at Thursday's practice. Coach Will Muschamp said despite how things looked on the field, he knew early the Wharton High alum wasn't seriously injured.
"I was told immediately it was a bone bruise," Muschamp said Friday. "The knee was stable and there was absolutely zero issues. Obviously in any situation, when you deal with a joint, whether it's an ankle, a shoulder, a knee, an elbow, you're going to always get an MRI. But our trainer told me (Thursday) night it was a bone bruise and (Hargreaves will) be day to day."
While the team is practicing at the UF lacrosse stadium, Hargreaves will get treatment at the main football facility because of better equipment.
DRISKEL'S PROGRESS: Lost in the drama of Hargreaves' injury was an impressive performance by QB Jeff Driskel in Thursday's first open practice. His passes were crisp and accurate, he took some long-range shots, and several receivers looked improved. "He's completing over 70 percent in the first four practices," Muschamp said. "I just think he does a good job making decisions from the gun. Very pleased with his progress. He'd probably be over 75 percent, but he had a couple of drops. He's had a couple of drops through camp. Timing has been very good. He's thrown the ball well. He's making very good decisions in the run and pass game."
FSU: Jimbo goes to bat for his team
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's Jimbo Fisher apparently killed a bat that was residing inside the team's indoor practice facility. The coach's mantra this offseason has been he wants his team to remain aggressive after winning a national championship, and players have listened, insisting they want to be the hunters, not the hunted. So when players were alarmed by the presence of a bat at the beginning of practice, Fisher took initiative by eliminating the clutter and swatting it. After trying a player's helmet, Fisher took what appeared to be a kicking tee and struck the bat, which dropped to the ground.
USF: Freshman RBs are a hit with Taggart
TAMPA — While the Bulls engaged in no live hitting during their first full-padded workout, coach Willie Taggart saw enough contact from his freshman tailbacks to be encouraged.
Four-star recruits Marlon Mack and D'Ernest Johnson are almost certain to log a degree of duty in the fall after attrition cost USF three of the top four rushers from 2013. On Friday, both took handoffs — and took on rushers —- during 11-on-11 periods. "They were very impressive, and not just running the football but pass blocking," Taggart said. "Usually you get a freshman in here, he doesn't want any of that action, but we tell our guys you'll find it hard to play running back in our system if you can't pass block. And those guys are pretty physical. I was really excited to see those guys come in and get physical with our defense and pick up protection."
LANARIS gone: A day after his arrest on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge in northwest Tampa, graduate assistant Michael Lanaris was dismissed, the school announced.
ADAMS SIDELINED: Rodney Adams, whose first four days were arguably as solid as any receiver in camp, suited up but wore a protective boot on his right foot and didn't engage in contact. "He's got a funny little deal," Taggart said. "Rodney came out and had a heck of a practice (Thursday) and went to class and came back and said his foot started hurting. For some reason you touch it and it hurts. We got him with the doctors and it didn't show any broken bones or anything, so we're just gonna monitor him."
Joey Knight, Times staff writer