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USF confident as football practice begins

TAMPA — Matt Grothe has dropped at least 10 pounds and feels he'll be faster. Mike Ford has gained 10 pounds and feels he'll be faster. George Selvie has added 10 pounds, and said the biggest difference as USF opened preseason football practice Monday is the higher expectations.

"We know we want nothing short of a championship," Selvie said. "It's just a different approach to everything."

Selvie said he is at 245, about 10 more than he started last season. Ford said he's up to 233 pounds and has benefitted from a full year in USF's program.

"I'm moving better, faster. It's crazy," Ford said. "I'm just ready."

Grothe said he feels better because his weight is down about 20 pounds from the end of last season, when it got close to 220.

USF also picked up an oral commitment Monday from Kendall Kelly, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle from Gainesville.

UF: Wilson practices

GAINESVILLE — As Florida opened football practice, defensive lineman Ronnie Wilson can practice with the team while coach Urban Meyer decides if he'll be allowed back. Wilson was dismissed in spring 2007 after charges of battery and discharging a firearm.

Wilson received deferred prosecution, and was placed on probation. A marijuana charge in January was dropped. The redshirt junior, who apologized, is on track to graduate in May.

"I have a long history of giving guys (second) opportunities," Meyer said.

BRYAN THOMAS, TORREY DAVIS OUT: Former Zephyrhills standout Bryan Thomas, who has been hampered by injuries, had a cyst removed from his knee. The safety could miss at least three weeks. Also, Armwood DT Torrey Davis' academic troubles continue; Meyer said there is no timetable for his return.

OBITUARY: Longtime Notre Dame assistant coach Joe Yonto, who worked under Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz, died Monday at 83. There were no details on the cause. The former Notre Dame guard and fullback coached numerous top defensive linemen, including Alan Page, Mike McCoy, Walt Patulski and Ross Browner, retiring in 1991.

GEORGIA: Linebacker Darius Dewberry was suspended for the first two games. Dewberry went to an Athens hospital to check on two teammates who were hit with bottles during a fight Saturday, safety Donavon Baldwin and linebacker Marcus Dowtin. While at the hospital Dewberry broke a barrier on a control arm in the parking lot and broke four plant pots. Eight players were arrested during the offseason.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: USF hired two assistants. Michele Baxter, 43, spent the last three seasons as coach at Monmouth, going 51-51 in three seasons and getting fired in April. She also coached at Tallahassee Community College. Andrea Williams, 37, spent the last four seasons as an assistant at Jacksonville University. She was an assistant at Tampa from 1999 to 2002. … Tennessee coach Pat Summitt will donate $600,000 to the Knoxville and Martin campuses.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

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