TAMPA — Starting DE George Selvie and NT Terrell McClain, still slowed by ankle injuries suffered in Saturday's win against Florida International, won't start this week at N.C. State, coach Jim Leavitt said Wednesday. Having established that, both could get significant playing time.
Leavitt said he's optimistic both might play, and three other injured starters — DT Aaron Harris, CB Tyller Roberts and S Carlton Williams — have shown enough progress that they could start.
"Selvie's not going to start no matter what. I'm not going to allow it, just because he hasn't practiced," Leavitt said. "These other guys have taken all the reps. That doesn't mean George won't play a lot of football."
Selvie, a consensus All-American last season after leading the nation with 311/2 tackles for loss, has started all 30 games in his USF career, every game since the start of the 2006 season.
Leavitt said sophomore Craig Marshall will start in Selvie's place, and he hasn't decided who will start for McClain.
Harris and Roberts returned to practice Tuesday, though Williams, who suffered a hip pointer Saturday, "has a ways to go," Leavitt said, leaving the door open for him to make his team-high 39th career start.
UF: Defenders ready
GAINESVILLE — DE Jermaine Cunningham and LB Ryan Stamper are expected to play this week vs. Ole Miss, UF coach Urban Meyer said.
Cunningham injured his knee Saturday against Tennessee. He practiced Wednesday, and Meyer said he "will be ready to go."
Stamper (ankle) has not practiced this week, but Meyer believes he will be good to go.
UNTESTED: The No. 4 Gators have not played backup players as much as they normally like. Meyer said that is something he has to do a better job of, but he classifies himself as "paranoid" about bringing in the reserves too early. "I've been that way my whole life," he said. "When there's a chance of something bad happening, I've got my best guys on the field."
FSU: Run support
TALLAHASSEE — S Jamie Robinson knew he would be able to help FSU's pass coverage after converting from cornerback in the spring. But even he is surprised that his biggest play has come in run support.
Saturday against Wake Forest, Robinson came up to stop quarterback Riley Skinner, hitting him inside the Seminoles' 2-yard line and forcing a fumble that stopped the Demon Deacons.
"That was something I told myself I was going to get better at during the spring," said Robinson, who made his first career start against Wake. Robinson ranks fourth on the team with 12 tackles, but he and his fellow defensive backs have yet to record an interception.
"It's coming," Robinson said. "… We're there, we're in the right place, we've just got to catch it."
UCF: Kicker duel
ORLANDO — UCF's starting kicker will be determined today. Coach George O'Leary said he tests Ks Daren Daly and Nick Cattoi weekly. They are graded on their speed and accuracy during nine kicks. The winner handles field goals and extra points while the runnerup does the kickoffs.
UM: We meet again
CORAL GABLES — When UM coach Randy Shannon looks across the field Saturday and sees one of his friends — former UM coach Butch Davis — on the opposite sideline as the UNC coach, it'll still be an odd feeling. "We were here together when we got Miami changed around," said Shannon, who was an assistant on Davis' staff. "… I cannot say enough good things about him."
Times correspondents Phil Kegler and Ira Schoffel contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires and the Orlando Sentinel.