Friday, June 22, 2018
Colleges

Two Florida running backs set to carry load with Gillislee hobbled

GAINESVILLE — With Florida RB Mike Gillislee hampered by a groin injury, Armwood alum Matt Jones and Mack Brown could see their roles expand. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease said the two are up to the task as the Gators prepare to play at Tennessee on Saturday night.

"Mack had a good game (vs. Texas A&M)," Pease said. "I know he doesn't get all the carries … but when he was in there, he hit the hole real well, saw the hole. Matt provides us with things, he's still young and he's getting better every day. He's going to be good."

Gillislee is expected to play, but he'll take it easy in practice.

"He'll take what he can (Tuesday)," Pease said. "In any situation, whether he's a little sore or not, he understands his reps now as far as practice goes."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

USF: Depth matters

TAMPA — On a shortened week compounded by cross-country travel and fatigue, USF will need what coach Skip Holtz called "a total team effort" to beat Rutgers on Thursday.

After a dramatic one-point win over Nevada, much of the attention went to WR Andre Davis for his record-breaking performance and QB B.J. Daniels for his late-game heroics. But coaches and players agreed that just as much credit is owed to team depth.

Defensive coordinator Chris Cosh said he was pleased with early production from the backups.

"We knew it was going to be a fourth-quarter game," he said. "We played guys right away in the second quarter, got them in there and got them significant reps right from the beginning. And that paid dividends at the end there."

Joe Polito, Times correspondent

UCF: RB's timetable

ORLANDO — UCF coach George O'Leary said he hopes senior starting RB Latavius Murray will be back Sept. 29 for the Knights' game against Missouri. Murray, who has an injured shoulder, will miss Saturday's home opener against Florida International.

Orlando Sentinel

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