USF expects Pupello (ankle) to miss game

TAMPA — TE Trent Pupello will likely miss USF's game at Central Florida on Saturday because of a right ankle injury.

Pupello watched Monday night's practice on crutches with a boot on his foot. RB Mike Ford, who had a team-high 15 carries but did not return Saturday after injuring his left ankle, had a boot on his foot and walked through drills with a slight limp.

"We have to plan on not having (Pupello), and if he comes out and plays, great," said coach Jim Leavitt, who is not sure about Ford's availability either.

OT Ryan Schmidt, who has an injured right knee, went through drills with his linemates with no apparent limitations.

Ford's injury could open carries for junior Moise Plancher, who had touchdown runs of 34 and 13 yards Saturday.

"Mo did enough last week to deserve reps anyway," Leavitt said.

OF COURSE: Leavitt was asked if he considers the game at UCF, the last in a four-game series, a rivalry game.

"We do," Leavitt said. "The two schools are not very far apart, and it's always been a very big game for us."

Asked in a follow-up question if he could explain why USF isn't interested in continuing the series with UCF, Leavitt said: "We've talked about that a lot. I'm focused on playing them this Saturday."

NOTES: Freshman CB George Baker, expected to redshirt, still has not been cleared by the NCAA, though Leavitt said he expects Baker to be cleared as early as today. "If (today) he's not cleared, after the weekend, then I'll start asking some questions," Leavitt said. … Freshman LB Quavon Taylor, suspended for a week by Leavitt for missing a practice and meetings, returned to practice. … Freshman DT Cory Grissom might not be healthy enough to play this week, Leavitt said.

FSU: No QB news

TALLAHASSEE — The Seminoles began practice for Saturday's game against Western Carolina without announcing a starting quarterback. Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher had said a decision was likely Monday or today. Drew Weatherford of Land O'Lakes is the incumbent, with redshirt sophomores D'Vontrey Richardson and Christian Ponder pushing him. Ponder had a practice highlight with a touchdown pass to Avis Commack.

RB Antone Smith showed strong inside running, and Carlton Jones had nice runs during practice. Derek Nicholson and Nigel Bradham were standouts on defense.

UM: Two honored

CORAL GABLES — Miami QB Jacory Harris and DL Spencer Atkins were among the ACC players of the week. The others: North Carolina return man Brandon Tate and DE E.J. Wilson, Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner, Georgia Tech OT Andrew Gardner and Virginia Tech CB Stephan Virgil.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

USF expects Pupello (ankle) to miss game 09/01/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 1, 2008 11:09pm]

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