Friday, November 24, 2017
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Miami Hurricanes still await NCAA penalties

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CORAL GABLES — The eight-week anniversary of Miami's hearing with the NCAA came and went Friday. Typically, the Committee on Infractions takes 6-8 weeks to announce penalties.

AD Blake James said he "anticipates (an announcement) in the near future." Before the season is his "hope."

The NCAA investigated former booster Nevin Shapiro's allegations that he paid football and basketball players and gave them other benefits. The football program has voluntarily sat out two bowl seasons.

"There's going to be no one happier to have this process over than I am," James said. "I will say I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm just not sure how close that light is."

Depth chart: Miami released a new depth chart. The most notable change was Olsen Pierre as the starting defensive end. He bumped junior Anthony Chickillo (Tampa Alonso High), who has been slowed by an ankle injury.

UF: Tight end out

GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp confirmed that freshman LB Matt Rolin tore his left ACL for the second time. Rolin, who had surgery in January, was hurt Wednesday.

"He's a guy that was making tremendous progress for us," Muschamp said, "a guy that was going to play for us this year."

More injuries: DL Damien Jacobs (sprained knee) and DB Jaylen Watkins (sprained foot) remain out. And freshman OL Rod Johnson will have surgery to repair a meniscus injury and miss 3-4 weeks.

DRISKEL OKAY: The six-day layoff after an appendectomy didn't adversely affect QB Jeff Driskel. "I couldn't be out there in pads, so there were a couple of things I couldn't do," said Driskel, who returned Thursday. "But other than that, I wasn't limited at all."

MORRISON'S STATUS: LB Antonio Morrison, reinstated after two summer arrests, is practicing but "still working through some things," Muschamp said. As for lifting or reducing a two-game suspension? "I'm still working through that," Muschamp said.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

USF: Heading south

TAMPA — USF heads to Vero Beach today, where it will practice for eight days.

"I am very excited about Vero," coach Willie Taggart said. "It's given us an opportunity to go and have a distraction-free practice and get our guys away from where they're comfortable.

"We want to put them in some uncomfortable situations and see how they execute. And we expect to execute just like we do where we're comfortable. It's going to be fun, but it's going to be a lot of work."

FULL-PAD FRENZY: The first day of full pads practice was met with plenty of enthusiasm from players and coaches.

Defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan said his players responded well and have made improvements without the pads.

"The guys have picked up where we left off," he said. "But as far as telling exactly where we are at, I think we're bigger, stronger (and) faster than we were in the spring. But until you put the pads on, I'm very cautious to make any real evaluations."

QB SCRAMBLE: Sophomore QB Matt Floyd took reps with the No. 1 offense ahead of senior Bobby Eveld (Tampa Jesuit), who worked with the second team for the first time this week. Taggart said he plans to give each equal reps and shuffle them according to their results.

Jeff Odom, Times correspondent

FSU: New tight end

TALLAHASSEE — Seeking a bigger tight end, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher shifted Giorgio Newberry from defensive end after spring practices. And now that one tight end transferred and two are out for the season, the 285-pound redshirt sophomore is seeing time with the first unit.

"(Size) is something you have to look for … to run the ball," Fisher said. "(Defensive) ends are getting so much bigger and more physical."

This week, Newberry has practiced in two tight end sets with Nick O'Leary — the only other healthy scholarship tight end — caught deep passes and continued to learn the intricacies of the position.

Newberry said he had few qualms about leaving behind his fellow defensive linemen.

"They'll be fine," he said. "It's just a good defense."

Orlando Sentinel

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