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Gators' shaky line loses left tackle

GAINESVILLE — Florida's offensive line situation appears even shakier heading into Saturday against Georgia.

Sophomore LT D.J. Humphries suffered a medial collateral ligament sprain in his right knee in practice Monday and will miss 2-4 weeks, coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday.

"He's a quick-recovery guy," Muschamp said. "It's his other knee that he had sprained from earlier in the season, so we're hoping just two weeks on it and get him back out there."

Tyler Moore, a former Countryside High standout, will shift to left tackle. At right tackle, junior-college transfer Trenton Brown will make his first start.

Humphries' absence is a blow to a line that has struggled, especially in pass protection. During losses to LSU and Missouri, Florida QB Tyler Murphy was sacked 10 times. In Georgia's past two games — losses to Missouri and Vanderbilt — the Bulldogs recorded seven sacks.

"They've got some guys that can rush the passer," Muschamp said. "We need to protect better than we have."

LB Ronald Powell (ankle), DT Damien Jacobs (head injury) and Murphy (shoulder) are "good to go," Muschamp said.

FSU: Brotherly battle

TALLAHASSEE — While watching a 2009 documentary about Miami titled The U, FSU players noticed that Hurricanes alums from the 1990s referred to FSU as their "little brother." The phrase has stuck with the Seminoles this week.

"It's a brotherly game," FSU QB Jameis Winston said. "It's just like we're going to be in the back yard, playing against each other. We want to beat our brother and if they want to be the big brother, we want to be the little brother, it's still a friendly competition."

Orlando Sentinel

Miami: Duke's duty

CORAL GABLES — If the Hurricanes are to be the only unbeaten team left standing Saturday in Tallahassee, RB Duke Johnson will have to do what he has yet to do at Miami.

He has not shined against the toughest teams on the schedule. In four games against ranked opponents — Notre Dame, Kansas State and FSU last year and Florida this year — Johnson has 144 rushing yards and one touchdown, averaging 2.9 yards a carry. In 15 games against unranked teams, he has 1,643 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 7.8 yards per carry.

Last season, the Seminoles held Johnson to 27 yards, and the defense is better this year.

"This time last year, I was banged up a lot," Johnson said. "… Now I'm bigger and stronger than I was last year, so I can take the pounding. … When my O-line is ready to run that gets me excited. Knowing that's what they want, so they're going to put their all-in and make (things) happen."

Palm Beach Post

UCF: Backups grow

ORLANDO — One benefit of the Knights' 62-17 win over UConn was providing backups with more game experience.

In a season that had, of late, been defined by tough foes and close results, there had been limited chances for young players.

"(You can) look at game speed and see how they compete," O'Leary said. "… I thought there was good effort, technique was not always where it needed to be, but I thought they finished."

Orlando Sentinel

Up next

USF: at Houston, 7 tonight. TV: ESPN

UF: vs. Georgia, 3:30 Saturday in Jacksonville. TV: Ch. 10

FSU: vs. Miami, 8 Saturday. TV: Ch. 28

UCF: vs. Houston, 7 Nov. 9.

TV: ESPN2

Up next

USF: at Houston, 7 tonight. TV: ESPN

UF: vs. Georgia, 3:30 Saturday in Jacksonville. TV: Ch. 10

FSU: vs. Miami, 8 Saturday. TV: Ch. 28

UCF: vs. Houston, 7 Nov. 9.

TV: ESPN2

Gators' shaky line loses left tackle 10/30/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:46am]

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