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Lack of focus has FSU players running

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jimbo Fisher wasn't pleased a few players showed up late and/or without a pad and pen for a meeting before Monday morning's practice.

So, he had the entire offense run.

"Today was not an effort day," he said. "Why are you going to come to a meeting to get better and know what to do but you come unprepared? It's like going to class. You go to class without paper and a pencil, you're going to flunk. If you go to a meeting without paper and pencil, you're going to flunk."

And if some do that, a "select few," then Fisher made sure the players knew there would be consequences for everyone.

Injured list: Safety Myron Rolle rolled his right ankle but is expected to participate in today's practice. … Freshman DL Moses McCray, a former Hillsborough High star, has been limited in practice with a hip flexor injury.

UF: Murphy hobbled

GAINESVILLE — Add senior WR Louis Murphy to the growing list of injured Gators as the second week of fall preseason practices begins.

Murphy, a former Lakewood standout, has a sprained right ankle in a boot and is expected to miss several days. Junior WR Percy Harvin, recovering from heel surgery four months ago, could return midweek.

"He's getting a little better," coach Urban Meyer said of Harvin. "His attitude's good, but he's frustrated. He's a competitor, and he wants to go. So it's not like he's happy to sit and watch, he wants to go."

DL Matt Patchan of Armwood (pectoral strain) was not cleared for contact drills Monday, as he hoped. CB Markihe Anderson has a sprained right wrist, and redshirt senior TE Cornelius Ingram had surgery Monday morning to repair his career-ending torn ACL.

Meyer said the mounting injuries are difficult to take.

"I think we're all frustrated, we're all angry, but you've got to do what you've got to do and that's fight through these little nagging injuries," he said. "But we've had four ACLs in one period. That's not good."

Davis out for opener: DT Torrey Davis, a former Armwood standout, will miss at least the opener against Hawaii and likely more games due to academic and disciplinary reasons. "He's got to take care of some business, that's as far as I want to go with that," Meyer said. "He's got a multitude of things."

USF: Depth a plus

TAMPA — USF coach Jim Leavitt said he's encouraged by his team's depth, evident in the number of starting positions still up for grabs.

"We've got more competition going on right now than I've seen in a while," Leavitt said. "I mean, real competition."

Leavitt pointed to defensive line, where All-American end George Selvie is a lock, but the Bulls are considering several combinations for the remaining three positions. At Monday's morning practice, three newcomers — sophomores David Bedford and Craig Marshall and freshman Cory Grissom — worked with the second unit and challenged projected starters.

Recovering: First-year defensive line coach John Hendrick, who has not been with the team since suffering a heart attack in early July, said Monday that he hopes to rejoin the team this week if he is cleared by a specialist today.

Hendrick said he feels good and has been cleared for light exercise such as brisk walking. It's unclear to what extent he would resume coaching duties; first-year defensive ends coach Kevin Patrick has worked with the entire front four in Hendrick's absence.

Thank you: Leavitt said he was moved by the strong showing of fans for Sunday's Fan Fest at Raymond James Stadium, where he and players signed autographs for more than two hours.

"It's amazing to me how nice they are. I sit under a tent, and I can't tell you how many people would say, 'We appreciate you being out here,' " Leavitt said. "The only thing I kept thinking about is that I'm sitting in the shade, people are bringing me water and iced tea. I'm signing a football. How hard is that? It isn't hard. They're standing in line for 45 minutes in the sun, and saying 'Thank you' to me? … I appreciate you being out there."

Miami: Safety returns

CORAL GABLES — Fifth-year safety Anthony Reddick went through his first full day of practice since tearing a ligament in his left knee in a pickup basketball game last season.

"It felt good being out there, high-fiving with the guys and stuff," said Reddick, who was an All-American as a freshman in 2004 then missed time after injuring his right knee in the 2005 opener against FSU. "It felt like football."

Times staff writers Antonya English and Greg Auman contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

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