CORAL GABLES — Anthony Chickillo is the son of Tony, a former Miami nose tackle, and grandson of Nick, an All-America Hurricanes guard.
So few were surprised when Chickillo, from Alonso High, announced his college choice in 2010 by putting on a green and orange cap and a T-shirt that read "Third Generation."
He is one of eight Tampa-area Hurricanes returning home to face USF on Saturday.
"We're all excited, trying to get our (game) tickets," said Chickillo, a junior defensive end. "It's been a fight to get these tickets from the other guys that aren't from Tampa."
Those attending the game will see an improved version of Chickillo for No. 15 Miami. In three games he has 12 tackles and two sacks — half of last season's total — despite playing little in the second halves of blowout wins over Florida Atlantic and Savannah State. He was ACC co-defensive lineman of the week after a 21-16 win over Florida on Sept. 7.
"He's not trying to make plays," coach Al Golden said. "He's running the defense and making plays because of it. That's been the biggest thing from last year to this year."
USF: Safety uncertain
TAMPA — USF senior S JaQuez Jenkins is making progress but is doubtful for Saturday against No. 15 Miami, coach Willie Taggart said.
Jenkins exited a 28-10 loss against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 14 after suffering an unspecified lower-body injury. In his place, junior Torrel Saffold finished with two tackles.
Jenkins, who has 11 total tackles through three games, "ran around a bit" during practice but was not 100 percent, Taggart said.
NUDGE OVER, NIGEL: With junior LB Reshard Cliett (shoulder) back healthy, he and freshman Nigel Harris, a former Hillsborough High standout who had a team-high 12 tackles against FAU in place of Cliett, could be on the field together against Miami. "You can put Reshard at (strongside) and put Nigel at the (weakside) position," defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan said. "We'll get a feel for where Reshard is conditionwise early in the game and just kind of base it off of that."
Jeff Odom, Times correspondent
UF: Good foe for start?
GAINESVILLE — Redshirt junior QB Tyler Murphy, who rallied the Gators to a 31-17 win over Tennessee on Saturday after Jeff Driskel was injured, makes his first start this weekend, and it comes on the road against an SEC foe UF has dominated.
Florida has beaten Kentucky 26 times in a row.
Ten years ago, the Gators rallied behind a quarterback making his first start. Freshman Chris Leak led UF to 18 fourth-quarter points in a 24-21 win. It was the closest call UF has had during the streak.
This year Kentucky is averaging 490 yards on offense and playing solid defense.
"We've got our work cut out for us, the first SEC road game up in Lexington," Gators coach Will Muschamp said. "Whatever the streak is, it doesn't matter. It only matters what we do on Saturday."
FSU: DB not ready
TALLAHASSEE — Starting S Tyler Hunter will not play when the Seminoles visit Boston College on Saturday. The junior injured his neck in the first half in a 54-6 win over Bethune-Cookman last weekend. Freshman Jalen Ramsey will move from cornerback to safety, coach Jimbo Fisher said.
UCF: Young but ready
ORLANDO — With starting LB Willie Mitchell suspended indefinitely after a DUI arrest, the Knights will count on true freshman Chequan Burkett to hold up against No. 12 South Carolina on Saturday. Burkett started in a 34-31 win at Penn State on Sept. 14 and has six tackles this year, including one tackle for loss. "Once you play, you're no longer a freshman," coach George O'Leary said.