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UCF demotes to motivate

Central Florida linebacker Terrance Plummer, trying to tackle Ball State’s Zane Fakes during last season’s Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, spent two practices last week with the second unit despite starting all of last season.

CHRIS ZUPPA Times (2012)

Central Florida linebacker Terrance Plummer, trying to tackle Ball State’s Zane Fakes during last season’s Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, spent two practices last week with the second unit despite starting all of last season.

ORLANDO — As practices drag into each other, coaches use several methods to motivate players.

The most common at Central Florida is demotion. During this year's camp, observers have been as likely to see captains and standouts lined up with the second team as freshmen bouncing between the third and fourth units.

"I do that all the time," UCF coach George O'Leary said Saturday. "I don't have any problem because you're only as good as your last play."

LB Terrance Plummer is entering his second season as a starter and third as a regular contributor. So when he played with the second unit Thursday and Friday, it drew attention.

"I was so upset," Plummer said. "And not with the coaches or with the decision. It was myself. Me, personally, I feel like I work too hard and I try to be the best leader I can be. And for that to happen, it shows I wasn't doing that at that time."

Plummer said he called his mother, and she told him the move was meant to humble him. Perhaps he was getting complacent, she said.

By Saturday's scrimmage, Plummer was back with the first team.

"I feel like I am the leader of the linebacking corps and one of the leaders of the defense," Plummer said. "And for me to get dropped down, it really hurt. But to gain my spot back, I'm not going to let it go."

FSU: Backup center out

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State backup C Austin Barron will miss 3-4 weeks, including the season opener against Pittsburgh, because of a chipped bone in his left foot. The junior apparently suffered the injury Thursday, coach Jimbo Fisher said.

"He had a phenomenal day," Fisher said. "We ran him with the 1s and were mixing him in at center. He walked in (Friday) and said his foot was sore."

Barron will have surgery during which doctors will insert a pin to reset the bone. Once that happens, he'll go through rehabilitation, and the Seminoles hope he will be ready for the second game, home against Nevada on Sept. 14.

Better line news: Freshman OL Ira Denson practiced after sitting two days with a slight sprain to the AC joint in a shoulder.

Orlando Sentinel

UM: Defensive line bolstered

CORAL GABLES — Miami announced the additions of three defensive linemen to its roster: David Gilbert (a former starter at Wisconsin), Justin Renfrow (a transfer from Virginia) and Ufomba Kamalu (a junior college transfer).

Gilbert and Renfrow are eligible to play right away because they graduated from their previous schools. Kamalu is eligible after coming from Butler (Kan.) Community College.

Gilbert thought his career was over earlier this year because of recurring right foot injuries. He had seven sacks and 52 tackles in his final 18 games at Wisconsin. Renfrow appeared in 12 games last season.

Times wires

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