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USF defensive tackle will not start at FIU

TAMPA — Sophomore Sampson Genus, a starter at defensive tackle in USF's first three games, has been limited by a foot/ankle injury and won't start Saturday at Florida International. Junior Aaron Harris, who has five tackles, will replace him.

Coaches hope to have Genus, who has one tackle, available off the bench. He played about 12 snaps in last week's win against Kansas before being sidelined.

"It's going to be hot on the turf," coach Jim Leavitt said. "So we're going to play a lot of people."

Little pressure: The Bulls have three sacks in three games, but FIU has allowed nine in two games, the highest average in I-A. Starting DE Jarriett Buie has no tackles, but defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said no one has played well enough to push him for the starting job.

"It's a shame," Burnham said. "Somebody needs to come up and say, 'I want that job.' "

UF: Tennessee says it didn't quit last year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A large markerboard is near Tennessee's indoor practice field with the words "Tennessee quit last year." It was an accusation made after Florida's 59-20 romp over the Vols last season and repeated again this week by Gators LB Brandon Spikes.

"I'm not a quitter, and my teammates are not quitters," Tennessee TB Arian Foster said.

Ex-Florida TE Derek Baldry told reporters last season that an unnamed Vols defender told him late not to bother blocking him on an extra point because he didn't plan to rush.

"They kind of gave up," Spikes said Monday. "We saw them give up. They quit playing."

Vols coach Philip Fulmer said his defense, which allowed three touchdowns in the fourth, "got gassed" after spending all but 27 seconds of the third quarter on the field.

INJURY UPDATE: LB Dustin Doe (groin) practiced, and coach Urban Meyer said he believes he will play. Backup QB Cameron Newton continues to be receive treatment for an ankle injury dating to the spring. But Meyer said the sophomore will make the trip.

INFREQUENT FLYERS: Meyer said he worries about immaturity as the team approaches its first road trip of the season. The travel squad includes 39 freshmen and sophomores.

FSU: Pair's injuries have gotten better

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State received good news on the injury front. TB Ty Jones, who was expected to sit out Saturday against Wake Forest with a sprained ankle, was upgraded to questionable. And P/K Graham Gano, who said this week he still had pain in his injured right knee, was not listed on the injury report.

Not happy: Coach Bobby Bow­den said he was bothered that the offense looked out of synch during the final walk-through.

"We had so many missed assignments," he said. "We cannot win the game with missed assignments. They have 48 hours to learn what they are doing."

Times correspondents Phil Kegler and Ira Schoffel contributed to this report, which used information from the Associated Press.

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