Sunday, February 25, 2018
Colleges

Miami Hurricanes believe they can 'shock'

CORAL GABLES — Rashawn Scott hears the haters.

The Miami receiver just isn't listening. Preseason consensus says the Hurricanes are the fifth-best team in the ACC Coastal Division.

Scott urges those who believe that to tune in Saturday, when Miami opens the season at Boston College.

"I feel like it's going to be shocking," Scott said Monday. "They think because we lost everyone that we're not going to be a good team. I feel like we're going to come out and shock everybody. It's going to look like we're an experienced team."

Teammate and fellow receiver Allen Hurns backed Scott up.

"I grade our offense real high," he said. "There's a lot of people doing a lot of good things. With (offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch), he lets a lot of people touch the ball. So we can spread it around, and our quarterbacks can get us the ball.

And those haters?

"We just use that as motivation," Hurns said with a chuckle. "There's always going to be doubters. So we're just ready to go out there this season and show everybody and prove them wrong."

FSU: Sophomore wins starting corner job

TALLAHASSEE — Sophomore Nick Waisome held off freshman Ronald Darby to be the starter at cornerback when Florida State opens its season Saturday against Murray State.

The starting spot opened up with the dismissal of Greg Reid on Aug. 1.

"Nick has been around (the program)," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday. "He made a lot of good plays, can run, a very intelligent guy. He had a very solid camp."

Fisher added Darby still will see playing time against the Racers.

Avoid the rain: While Tropical Storm Isaac appears headed toward New Orleans, Tallahassee still is expected to get about a foot of rain over the next three days. That prompted Fisher to develop a backup plan.

"We just have to go inside," he said. "Ain't anything you can do about it. Just … try to do your walkthroughs."

Injury report: DT Anthony McCloud's status for Saturday has not been determined. When the senior strained a pectoral muscle less than a week into fall practices, the school believed he would miss 2-3 weeks but be back for the regular season.

Now?

"It will be close," Fisher said.

"Anthony may be this week. He may be next week. We definitely believe that he's going to be within the next two or three weeks."

Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

UCF: O'Leary hopes for better road result

ORLANDO — Central Florida coach George O'Leary hopes his team has gotten over its travel bug.

When asked Monday how his team would handle playing at Akron on Thursday after last season's problems, O'Leary said, jokingly, "What problems? Oh, you mean losing."

Six of the Knights' seven losses last season were on the road (six by seven points or fewer).

"We have a young club. So a lot of it is new," O'Leary said. "There are some issues there, but when you have some experience and the kids have been on the road before, it just really helps. When you go from the south to the north, you're looking at a weather difference — in a positive way.

"I think the kids understand what's supposed to happen from a format and itinerary standpoint, and you just continue to move on from there."

Quotable: "They've quickly acquired great speed and talent." Terry Bowden, Akron coach, on UCF's growth into a potential top 25 program.

Orlando Sentinel

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