TAMPA — After missing USF's opener recovering from knee surgery, senior DE Julius Forte made a splash in the 21-6 loss at Michigan State, getting his first career forced fumble on a sack.
"It was an amazing feeling. I almost cried on the sidelines," said Forte, who will be part of a deep defensive line going against Florida Atlantic on Saturday.
Forte said he was encouraged by a new energy on defense, compared to the disappointment of the Week 1 loss to McNeese State.
PLEA FOR Ex-Bull: Former USF and Hillsborough High WR Terrence Mitchell reached a plea agreement on charges he faced from an August arrest, agreeing to one year of probation and fines and court costs totaling $1,382. Mitchell, 22, who hasn't been part of USF's program since being suspended this spring after a previous arrest, faced charges of driving under the influence, assault on an emergency care provider and driving with a suspended license with knowledge. Mitchell was expected to transfer to Division II Fort Hays State, but did not join the team this fall.
FSU: Fans await QB
TALLAHASSEE — FSU QB Jameis Winston dazzled in his regular-season debut at Pitt. Now Seminoles fans will get their first extended look at the redshirt freshman who wowed them at the spring game as the No. 10 Seminoles host Nevada at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Likewise, Winston will have his first regular-season game experience at Doak.
"Going away, sometimes it might be easier because you know everyone is against you, you have something to fight for," Winston said. "Now everyone is going to be with you. The team is going to be excited, the family is going to be here."
UF: Healing time
GAINESVILLE — Florida's bye week couldn't have come at a better time. The Gators have nine players injured, including QB Jeff Driskel, who is among the seven starters on that list.
The most serious is freshman DB Nick Washington, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury suffered Monday.
Driskel (sprained knee), OL D.J. Humphries (sprained MCL), DE Dante Fowler (hip bruise), S Marcus Maye (shoulder) and CB Marcus Roberson (sprained knee) are all expected to play against Tennessee. OL Tyler Moore, a Countryside High grad, sprained his left ankle against Miami, but coach Will Muschamp said Moore most likely will be back by game time. OL Jon Halapio, out with a torn chest muscle, was scheduled to return to practice.
Antonya English, Times staff writer