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South Florida Bulls starting offensive tackles regain health

TAMPA — USF's running back depth remains uncertain, but the Bulls should have both starting offensive tackles back for Saturday's game at Nevada after reverting to backups in last week's opener.

Coach Skip Holtz said Wednesday that LT Darrell Williams practiced and can start after sitting out the opener due to an ankle injury; RT Quinterrius Eatmon, who rotated in Saturday after missing time with a concussion, is recovered and will start.

"Having both tackles back is a good feeling, knowing the experience you've got," Holtz said.

Four days after saying he hoped to redshirt senior RB Lindsey Lamar, Holtz said the former Hillsborough Hight standout will play against Nevada. The No. 2 running back, junior Marcus Shaw, has missed practice all week with a sprained ankle. Shaw could play Saturday if he practices today, but the Bulls plan to have Lamar ready.

THIS AND THAT: DT Cory Grissom has flulike symptoms, but Holtz is optimistic he can play Saturday. … DT Luke Sager, DE Tevin Mims and Edwards made their first career starts Saturday.

UF: CB Brown back

GAINESVILLE — Florida came into the season with four cornerbacks it felt comfortable rotating in Marcus Roberson, Louchiez Purifoy, Cody Riggs and Jaylen Watkins. Now, the Gators have another in the mix.

On Saturday at Texas A&M, redshirt junior Jeremy Brown is expected to make his first appearance since 2010. Brown missed 2008 and 2009 with a back injury and all of last season with a knee injury. He missed fall camp after wrist surgery.

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn called it "a great story of hanging in there and keep persevering. He made a nice pass breakup in practice. You really saw his speed and stuff."

Josh Jurnovoy, Times correspondent

FSU: Bracy slowed

TALLAHASSEE — In February, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher grinned as he talked about WR recruit Marvin Bracy, one of the nation's fastest sprinters. But this week? "I've got a frown now," Fisher said.

A slow-healing hamstring injury flared again Tuesday, making a redshirt more likely.

"He's still just not healthy," Fisher said of the freshman.

Orlando Sentinel

UM: Struggling D

MIAMI — The Hurricanes struggled defensively during Saturday's 41-32 win at Boston College, but CB Thomas Finnie said the issues were "very easy to correct."

Coach Al Golden said he has complete confidence in the game plan, it just comes down to execution.

Miami has a No. 106 national pass-defense ranking after surrendering 441 yards. The Eagles were missing their top wide receiver and tight end.

"Blown assignments," coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

.UP NEXT

Miami: at Kansas State, noon Saturday. TV: FX

UCF: at Ohio State, noon Saturday. TV: ESPN2

USF: at Nevada, 3:30 Saturday. TV: CBSSN

Florida: at Texas A&M, 3:30 Saturday. TV: ESPN

FSU: vs. Savannah State, 6 Saturday. No TV

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