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USF coach Willie Taggart nixes individual celebrations

TAMPA — Coach Willie Taggart has a message for his players who make a big play or score a touchdown this season:

Celebrate with your teammates.

During an 11-on-11 scrimmage Saturday, RB Darius Tice broke a tackle and danced into the end zone. Taggart immediately noticed, blew his whistle and penalized the sophomore for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"When we do it in practice, I'm going to make it a big deal because the officials are going to make a big deal about it this season," Taggart said. "They're putting a big emphasis on celebrating, and we can't do that."

PRAISE FOR NEWBIES: The play of freshmen has wooed Taggart throughout the first week of practice, and the second day of full pads was no different. Most notably, DB Tajee Fullwood, a Tampa Bay Tech alum, intercepted QB Quinton Flowers, a fellow freshman, and returned it 70 yards for a TD. "It was good to see a lot of those guys make some plays," Taggart said.

MEDICAL MATTERS: Taggart said senior TE Mike McFarland injured a knee last week and is rehabilitating. … Freshman LB Nick Holman had his left arm in a sling at the end of practice. Taggart said his shoulder was "banged up" in the scrimmage. … WR Rodney Adams (left foot) dressed for practice with a walking boot, but he did not participate in any on-field drills. He is listed as day to day.

FSU: Jimbo fears WR Jones is ineligible

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State WR Isaiah Jones might not be eligible for the season. The sophomore is in jeopardy because of academic issues, coach Jimbo Fisher said after Friday's practice. "We'll have to judge and see whether he can come out here," Fisher said. "Otherwise, I think we're about where we expected." He said he was waiting for final clarification but feared the worst. Sophomore Jesus Wilson is suspended indefinitely after being charged last month with the theft of a scooter. The felony was reduced to two misdemeanors after Wilson took a plea deal.

Orlando Sentinel

UCF: O'Leary denies resignation report

ORLANDO — Coach George O'Leary denied a Fox Sports report he will resign after UCF's opener Aug. 30 against Penn State in Ireland. "I don't know anything about that stuff and where that came from," O'Leary, 67, said. "I never spoke to anybody from Fox or anybody. I don't have any idea what that's about."

Orlando Sentinel

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