Sunday, February 25, 2018
Colleges

Seminoles DB Jalen Ramsey welcomed back

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and DB Jalen Ramsey are back on good terms.

Fisher kicked Ramsey out of practice Sunday after a series of physical plays that ended with QB Jameis Winston being knocked to the ground. Ramsey returned Monday and Fisher said both got emotional and everything was resolved.

"He got upset, I got upset. That's ball and we move on," Fisher said.

Fisher called Ramsey one of the best defensive backs he has coached and praised his leadership. Fisher acknowledged he was trying to send the sophomore a message with his strong words to the media that included, "He'll decide if he wants to play at Florida State."

USF: Freshman LB injured

TAMPA — Freshman LB Nick Holman has become the first serious casualty of USF's preseason camp, sustaining a torn labrum Saturday that will require surgery.

Coach Willie Taggart said Holman, injured while making a tackle during live work, could miss the season but stopped short of putting him on the shelf.

A three-star prospect from Madison, Ala., Holman (6 feet 2, 231 pounds) had 104 tackles and three sacks as a senior at Bob Jones High and played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

"We heal differently around here," Taggart said. "Some of our guys get back quicker than the doctors tell them they do sometimes, so you never know with our guys."

Also, WR Rodney Adams, recently diagnosed with a flat right foot, returned to practice with some arch supports and no protective boot. TE Mike McFarland wore a protective brace on his left knee and appeared limited during a shorts-and-helmets workout, but the injury isn't believed to be serious.

QB decision soon? Taggart, who said before camp he hoped to settle on a starting quarterback after the preseason's first two weeks, suggested he's sticking to that timetable. He offered no definitive day on which he will choose from Mike White and Steven Bench, but he said it will be "sooner rather than later."

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

UF: Knee issues

GAINESVILLE — Florida RB Matt Jones and WR/KR Andre Debose each had swelling of the knee and sat out practice. Jones missed six games last season with a knee injury. Debose missed last season with a torn ACL sustained in preseason camp.

Sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves (bruised knee) has been using the treadmill and is expected to return to practice today or Wednesday. RB Kelvin Taylor (strained hamstring) could return at the end of the week. Freshman DL Taven Bryan (strep throat) is out indefinitely. DL Alex McCalister, OL Trip Thurman and DL Bryan Cox are all nursing shoulder injuries, and DL Jonathan Bullard missed practice with a injured ankle.

Ivie impresses: Coach Will Muschamp said former Pasco High standout Joey Ivie has been moved to defensive tackle and is making significant progress. "He's done some really nice things," Muschamp said. "He's up to 285-290 pounds. But he's a guy that's really playing square, really playing blocks well. I'm very pleased with his progress in camp."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

UM: Linemen held out

CORAL GABLES — Two offensive linemen, LG Jon Feliciano and RT Kc McDermott, were held out of both Miami practice sessions. Coach Al Golden didn't specify the nature of either injury and said he expects both to be available for the next practice. The team is scheduled to be off today before scrimmaging Wednesday.

Sun Sentinel

UCF: Trading places

ORLANDO — After lining up as a tight end Sunday, UCF freshman Jordan Akins scrimmaged in wide receiver sets. Coaches plan to use him in multiple positions. Also, Josh Reese and Jackie Williams traded turns at punt returner during special teams drills. J.J. Worton remains the lead punt returner for the Knights.

Orlando Sentinel

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