Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Colleges

Gators prepare for 'dirty' Arkansas

GAINESVILLE — Florida DT Damien Jacobs expects to have his hands full when Arkansas visits Saturday. The Razorbacks are generating buzz for their extremely physical play under first-year coach Bret Bielema. Jacobs said based on film, it's a little more than that.

"They're real physical; I think they're a little chippy," Jacobs said. "They're a little dirty. So we're going to have to be ready for it all this week. I just see, from film, a lot of stuff after the play, especially with the center (Travis Swanson). … He makes you want to do something to him. We're going to have to try to keep our temper and keep cool on that."

NO CONTROVERSY: UF offensive coordinator Brent Pease said there is no controversy at running back. Matt Jones is the starter, but the Gators will continue to use Mack Brown and others as necessary, including Kelvin Taylor. The freshman rushed for 43 yards in five carries in his first game, but had one carry against Tennessee and did not play vs. Kentucky.

"He's still in the mix,'' Pease said. "We want to get him in there. It's hard with one ball, three players. They're all very good. A couple of them have experience. The good thing about it is they've all been very unselfish and they've all grown.''

USF: Unexpected TD

TAMPA —Before Saturday's game against Miami, USF senior DE Julius Forte hadn't scored a touchdown since 2009 — his senior year at Boca Ciega High.

But as the clock wound down on the Bulls' 49-21 loss, a tipped pass from Miami QB Gray Crow (Countryside High) resulted in Forte's first career interception. He returned it 11 yards for USF's first pick-six in nearly two years.

"I didn't know what to do, it was like an out-of-body experience," Forte said Tuesday. "The ball was going like in slow motion through the air and my heart was beating hard."

Forte said he joked with defensive line coach Eric Mathies during training camp about how he would celebrate a touchdown. But there was no celebration Saturday due to tiredness and a host of teammates jumping on him.

"When I got (in the end zone), I was exhausted," Forte said. "It didn't help that the team beat me up. … I don't plan on getting mobbed like that anymore."

NO QUIT: Offensive coordinator Walt Wells hopes to build on USF's drive that resulted in a TD with two seconds left to play Saturday. "That's a huge teaching point," Wells said. "They could have quit and they didn't."

THIS AND THAT: S JaQuez Jenkins (lower-body injury) suited up and practiced. DE Tevin Mims (leg bruise) was not on the field. … The Oct. 12 game vs. UConn will be on Ch. 28.

Jeff Odom, Times correspondent

UCF: Bortles advice

ORLANDO — Knights QB Blake Bortles was disappointed in his play in Saturday's loss to South Carolina, and sought coach George O'Leary's feedback.

O'Leary said he talked not about on-field play, but a more important role for Bortles: "The one thing he needs to do is, he's not a senior, but he's the leader of the offense. And when things aren't going well he can't worry about it being because he's making bad plays. He's got to basically be the leader on that sideline and get everybody else ready to go. So he took that and he understood it and then we move on."

Orlando Sentinel

UM: Added motivation

CORAL GABLES — Hurricanes WR Malcolm Lewis doesn't blame Georgia Tech for a tackle last year that resulted in a season-ending dislocated left ankle. But he acknowledges extra motivation for Saturday's home game (and ACC opener) against the Jackets: "This is where my season ended last year. I'm just waiting to get on the field and show what I can do." He doesn't dwell on the injury, but appreciates the support afterward. "I got through it. I'm just moving forward now."

Times wires

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