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USF defensive linemen Selvie, McClain return to practice

USF defensive end George Selvie missed Saturday’s game against North Carolina State with an ankle injury.

BRIAN CASSELLA | Times (2007)

USF defensive end George Selvie missed Saturday’s game against North Carolina State with an ankle injury.

TAMPA — Three days before No. 10 USF takes on Pittsburgh, two starting defensive linemen remained in limbo with ankle injuries, as DT Terrell McClain returned to practice Monday and All-America DE George Selvie worked in a limited capacity.

"We're getting the other guys ready," said coach Jim Leavitt, whose team beat North Carolina State 41-10 Saturday with both players out. "George is going to do just limited stuff, and see how he feels, probably more (today) and see what he can do. … McClain's doing a little bit more. … You've got to be pretty close to 100 percent to play in these kinds of games."

Selvie did not participate in the first half an hour of practice, which is open to the media. Leavitt said he "was doing some things" in drills. McClain worked with the second team behind junior Aaron Harris and sophomore Sampson Genus.

WILSON OUT: CB Theo Wilson, the Dunedin High graduate who has also worked as a punt returner, will miss Thursday's game and likely the Oct. 18 game against Syracuse with a sprained left knee, Leavitt said. "It's probably more realistic about the week after as our best shot," he said.

HONOR: QB Matt Grothe was named Big East offensive player of the week for the second time this season. Grothe, who threw for 148 yards in the first quarter alone, finished 20 of 29 for 259 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a game-high 68 yards.

FSU: Marve impresses

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews doesn't care what Miami QB Robert Marve's record is as a starter. The ex-Plant High star has impressed him.

Though Marve is 1-2, he has completed 44 of 67 passes for 416 yards and has five touchdowns and three interceptions.

"He's a very mobile quarterback to begin with, and he's got plays designed for him to run with the football," Andrews said. "But he's got a strong enough arm to get the ball where he wants it to be. For a redshirt (freshman) quarterback, he's pretty far along."

The Seminoles are No. 3 nationally in total defense, allowing 223.5 yards a game, a stat skewed a bit by two games against Division I-AA teams.

GOOD GRADE: He was 10 of 22 for 119 yards and one interception, but QB Christian Ponder received his highest grade of the season, offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said. "Sometimes, playing quarterback is not always throwing touchdowns. It's not always making spectacular plays. It's making the consistent plays," he said. "… In the first half, he had some chances, but he was a little antsy. He fought through those demons and in the second half really came out and controlled the game mentally and physically by decision-making and good throws."

ODDS AND ENDS: DT Paul Griffin and RB Marcus Sims are expected back this week after completing their suspensions for their involvement in the academic misconduct scandal. … Michael Ray Garvin, who returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown against Colorado, was named ACC co-specialist of the week. … Three defensive starters, CB Tony Carter (groin), CB Patrick Robinson (lower back) and LB Toddrick Verdell (groin), said they expect to play Saturday.

UM: Players ring in

CORAL GABLES — Players were so upset after Saturday's 28-24 loss at home to North Carolina, they had coach Randy Shannon's phone ringing off the hook. "I had phone calls … from players stressing that what they did in the game was unacceptable,'' Shannon told the Miami Herald. "That makes you feel good as a coach, but it doesn't change anything. A loss is a loss."

UCF gametime: The Oct. 11 home game against UCF will kick off at 3:45 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report, which used material from Times wires.

>>up next

USF vs. Pittsburgh: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, ESPN

Florida at Arkansas: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 38

Florida State at Miami: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 28

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