Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gators move cornerback to offensive role

Gators cornerback Valdez Showers, clinging to the jersey of running back Mark Herndon, moves to the offense, where he could be used as both a running and receiving threat.

Associated Press

Gators cornerback Valdez Showers, clinging to the jersey of running back Mark Herndon, moves to the offense, where he could be used as both a running and receiving threat.

GAINESVILLE — Because RB Matt Jones, a former Armwood High standout, still is not fully recovered from his viral infection, Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease has seen a new weapon emerge in the backfield: Valdez Showers.

Pease envisions Showers, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound redshirt sophomore who converted from cornerback this offseason, fulfilling an all-around role in the offense similar to what Omarius Hines did for UF in 2012.

Although the 6-2, 217-pound Hines was known for his strength and physicality, Showers has developed into more of a scatback.

"He's a little different than Omarius because he's probably got a lot more quickness," Pease said. "He's a little bit more elusive because of his size."

In Jones' absence, Showers has been No. 3 on the running back depth chart behind Mack Brown and Mark Herndon, a sophomore walk-on who earned a full scholarship Tuesday.

Injury update: Freshman DB Vernon Hargreaves III (sprained shoulder) is expected to join the team soon, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said. Hargreaves, a Wharton High graduate and five-star recruit, sprained his shoulder Aug. 14.

USF: QBs disappoint

TAMPA — Ten days before the season opener, USF coach Willie Taggart said the absence of one quarterback emerging from the pack has been disappointing.

"No one has separated themselves," Taggart said on the Tim Brando Show on Sirius Radio. "I think we have guys capable of doing it, but no one has stepped up and said, 'Hey, I'm going to make this an easy decision for Coach Taggart to make.' … What I'm looking for, I'm not necessarily getting right now."

Taggart has said the two who were at spring drills — senior Bobby Eveld and sophomore Matt Floyd — are ahead of Penn State transfer Steven Bench and freshman Mike White because of their familiarity with the offense.

TRANSFER: WR D'vario Montgomery, who left the team last week, has transferred to Iowa State, where he will have three years of eligibility after sitting out this season. "I want to thank everybody who did anything for me from USF. I just feel like it's time to go," Montgomery said.

Returns: Two players sidelined much of the past week — DT Luke Sager (hip) and S Jalen Spencer (shoulder) — practiced Wednesday.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

FSU: No QB set yet

TALLAHASSEE — FSU held its final preseason scrimmage, but coach Jimbo Fisher said he was not yet ready to name his new starting quarterback.

Fisher said a decision between redshirt freshman Jameis Winston and sophomore Jacob Coker won't come for another few days, but could come before next week.

"I'll wait until the film," said Fisher, who has said the scrimmage would serve as the final evaluation piece.

"From a standing-from-the-sidelines standpoint, both guys handled the huddle well, made plays, got the ball down the field vertically and dumped it off," Fisher said of the QB play in the scrimmage.

Orlando Sentinel

UM: Backfield move

CORAL GABLES — One of the Hurricanes' noteworthy depth chart changes was freshman Walter Tucker going from linebacker to fullback, where he will play behind entrenched senior starter Maurice Hagens.

Tucker, who will compete in the hurdles for the track team, was likely moved because redshirt freshman RB Danny Dillard is no longer with the program.

Miami Herald

.fast facts

2014 UF schedule

Florida released its 2014 schedule, the first year the SEC goes to its 6-1-1 format: six division teams (d), one permanent cross-division team (x) and one rotating cross-division team (y):

Aug. 30:Idaho

Sept. 6:Eastern Michigan

Sept. 13:Kentucky-d

Sept. 20:at Alabama-y

Oct. 4:at Tennessee-d

Oct. 11:LSU-x

Oct. 18:Missouri-d

Nov. 1:Georgia*-d

Nov. 8:at Vanderbilt-d

Nov. 15:South Carolina-d

Nov. 22:Eastern Kentucky

Nov. 29:at Florida State

* at Jacksonville

Gators move cornerback to offensive role 08/21/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. James Wilder Jr. back at running back...in Canada

    Blogs

    Remember when former Plant High star and Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. announced he was switching to linebacker?

    That was short-lived, apparently.

  2. Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee.

    30 Oct 2001:  Left wing Dave Andreychuk #25 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates towards the blue line during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.  The Maple Leafs defeated the Lightning 3-2.  Mandatory Credit:  Dave Sanford /Allsport
  3. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  4. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108