GAINESVILLE — Sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves suffered a knee injury Thursday night during the Gators' first open practice.
Hargreaves, a first-team Freshman All-American last season and a preseason All-SEC first-team selection, was hurt at the end of a play in which a skirmish broke out between wide receivers and defensive backs. It was unclear how he was injured.
Coach Will Muschamp said late Thursday night that an MRI revealed a bone bruise. Hargreaves is listed as day to day.
Hargreaves, a Wharton High alum, briefly walked gingerly under a tent with his left knee packed in ice before eventually being taken off the field on a cart.
After Hargreaves left practice, the top remaining cornerbacks getting the majority of reps were Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson, both freshmen.
O-LINE BATTLE: Trenton Brown is battling Countryside High alum Tyler Moore for the starting job at right guard. Moore missed the last four games of last season after breaking an elbow, and Brown has lost more than 15 pounds. Brown said new OL coach Mike Summers has rejuvenated the line players. "I'm just really excited about working with Coach Summers," he said. "He really makes sure our technique is on point. He harps on it every day, every drill, every part of practice, even in film."
USF's Abraham impresses
TAMPA — Four days and one partially padded workout into USF's preseason, a handful of conclusions have been drawn. Among them: East Lake High alumnus Devin Abraham is making a splash in the secondary.
Though the Bulls don't slip into full pads until 3 p.m. today, Abraham, a January enrollee who missed spring drills while recovering from shoulder surgery, has logged steady first-team work at safety.
The raves are nearly as plenteous as the reps.
"I tell you, that kid is a smart football player," coach Willie Taggart said. "He didn't practice in the spring, but he's coming out here and he's on top of everything. It's hard to sneak one past the kid. He's so smart as a football player and always puts himself in the best position to make plays."
A Class 7A first-team all-state pick last season, Abraham, son of former Bucs CB Donnie Abraham, is carrying 187 pounds on a sturdy 5-foot-9 frame. A cornerback (with 19 career interceptions) at East Lake, he knocked 6-5, 239-pound Kano Dillon off his feet Thursday after the freshman tight end caught a short pass in a situational scrimmage.
"Even tackling drills today, I forgot he even had a shoulder (injury)," secondary coach Ron Cooper said.
LANARIS ARRESTED: Graduate assistant Michael Lanaris, a former Bulls linebacker, was arrested early Thursday on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge. Lanaris, 24, was arrested at 2:40 a.m. at 6192 Gunn Highway, site of a northwest Tampa shopping plaza that includes a Walmart. He was released Thursday at 11:11 a.m. on a $250 bond, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office online arrest report said. Lanaris did not attend practice. The school was still gathering information, team spokesman Brian Siegrist said. Taggart didn't address the arrest in his post-practice gathering with reporters.
Joey Knight, Times staff writer
O'Leary applauds QBs
ORLANDO — When UCF coach George O'Leary was asked if he saw separation among quarterbacks Justin Holman, former East Lake standout Pete DiNovo, Tyler Harris and Nick Patti, he playfully answered, "You mean between me and my wife?" After a little banter following practice, O'Leary did note he wanted to name a quarterback by Sunday to establish chemistry in the huddle.
The Knights are just over three weeks away from their opener against Penn State on Aug. 30 in Ireland.
"I thought they looked good today. I thought the timing was there. I thought it was crisp," O'Leary said. "Protection needs to continue to work on what they're doing there as a unit. Again, I think the defense is putting a lot of heat on them. Both are working hard and getting better because both are working hard."