TAMPA — As much as anyone within USF's program, veteran defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan knows about life on the wrong side of the proverbial hump.
And his experience tells him the 0-4 Bulls are on the brink of clearing it. "I think it's a lot closer than (the players) even think," he said Wednesday.
Bresnahan was an assistant at Georgia Tech when coach Bobby Ross orchestrated a staggering turnaround. The Yellow Jackets, winners of five total games in 1987-88, won the national title in 1990.
"It can be done," Bresnahan said. "It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of determination and not blinking an eye, staying in what you believe in. And Coach (Willie) Taggart's set the vision and he's held true to it, and the guys are buying into it, that's the biggest key."
UF: Protecting the QB
GAINESVILLE — The Gators offense is focused on Arkansas' relentless pass rush, which has an SEC-leading 15 sacks.
"They're really good on the edges," UF senior OL Jon Halapio said. "The strength of their team is the front four. Their two inside guys, big, heavy guys, I think are 330 (pounds), 350, and their backups, too. They're very physical up front. "
Florida QB Tyler Murphy will make only his second start, and offensive coordinator Brent Pease said while Murphy will need to recognize pressures and make quick reads, the offensive line must "sort some things out."
"They can demand combinations where they single somebody else up," Pease said. "And I think their scheme, how they maneuver them and use games with them, it's tough. We have a lot to handle with that."
Antonya English, Times staff writer
UCF: Lacking pressure
ORLANDO — The Knights' pass rush has been dormant this season, registering just five sacks in four games.
How bad is it? Eight college football players at the Division I-A level have more sacks than UCF's entire team.
As the Knights prepare to open American Athletic Conference play at Memphis, the issue has become more glaring for a defense that has given up 945 yards and 59 points during its past two outings.
"When you're so close, when your fingertips are grazing the shoulder pads and then he escapes you, it's frustrating," said DE Deion Green, who has two sacks. "But (you've) just got to keep at it. Football is a frustrating game, but it's also a rewarding game if you just keep on it and continue pressing."
UM: Hands for balance
CORAL GABLES — New offensive coordinator James Coley has been working to keep QB Stephen Morris, coming back from an ankle injury, on his feet as the Hurricanes prepare to face Georgia Tech.
"One of the biggest things Coach Coley and I worked on … was just getting my hands a little higher and working on my hand placement on the football," Morris said. "That allowed me to, one, really improve my balance in the pocket and, two, improve the speed at which I was able to release the ball. When you have an ankle injury, the biggest thing I was worried about was balance."
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FSU: Safety check
TALLAHASSEE — Starting S Tyler Hunter is getting second opinions on the neck injury he suffered against Bethune-Cookman and is not listed on this week's depth chart, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said.
"It's day by day," Fisher said. "(We're) trying to get second opinions to make sure everything is right in what we're evaluating with what we're seeing. It's too important for the young man's safety."
Freshman Jalen Ramsey started in place of Hunter against Boston College and had seven tackles.