TAMPA — USF has to wait until 2013 to see standout DE Aaron Lynch on the field.
The NCAA denied USF's appeal for a hardship waiver that would have allowed the Notre Dame transfer to play this fall, the school announced Thursday. The Cape Coral graduate, a Freshman All-America last season with the Fighting Irish, will have three years of eligibility starting next season, though he's a candidate to leave for the NFL draft before then.
"We were all hoping, all wishful it would go through, but unfortunately it didn't," coach Skip Holtz said. "I've approached it all along like he was going to be redshirting this year, and if it changed, then we would start to get him reps and start to get him work. It's unfortunate, would have been great if it happened. Still glad he's here."
USF has limited depth at defensive end. Junior Ryne Giddins is a returning starter; as it stands, the other starter would be junior college transfer Tevin Mims, who joined the program in January. Junior Julius Forte has been limited by an ankle injury but could challenge Mims for the starting job, and true freshman Eric Lee is expected to play. Redshirt freshman Edsel Caprice, a 215-pounder who worked at linebacker last season, will be a third-down speed rusher, and true freshman Daniel Perry has a chance to play.
TAKING IT EASY: The team will hold its final preseason scrimmage today, with an emphasis on game simulation, with punt teams taking the field after a third-down miss and other real-game situations to prepare for next weekend's opener vs. Chattanooga. The team won't practice Saturday or Sunday before beginning normal game-week preparations Monday.
UF: Versatile Riggs
GAINESVILLE — Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn declined to give specifics on Florida's depth chart but provided insight into a player who would see time at multiple positions.
Junior Cody Riggs, who primarily played cornerback his first two seasons, will see time at safety. Quinn said moving the junior around will provide more nickel package looks.
"We did it a little bit in the spring because we felt like okay, at corner he felt comfortable and knew the stuff and now we want to put another layer of things on him to play at safety," Quinn said.
injury update: Junior DE Dominique Easley and junior LB Ronald Powell are progressing well in rehabbing left ACL tears, Quinn said. Easley, limited in practice, is expected to be at full strength for the Sept. 1 opener against Bowling Green.
"I knew I had to do some limitation just for anybody coming off an ACL," Quinn said. "So he was no different in that way. He looks good and ready to rock."
Quinn has worked out Powell outside of practice. Coach Will Muschamp said Monday that Powell would return in October at the earliest.
Josh Jurnovoy, Times correspondent
FSU: Praise for Darby
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said freshman CB Ronald Darby would get significant playing time this season. Darby is competing with Nick Waisome for the starting job that opened when Greg Reid was dismissed.
Fisher said other freshmen have a chance for playing time, with decisions coming in the next couple of days.
isaac worries: With Tropical Storm Isaac potentially taking a path that could send it to Tallahassee, Fisher is nervous about next week's practices. "I promise you, we'll have (a backup plan)," he said.