Thursday, December 14, 2017
Colleges

Volcano hasn't affected UCF's opener

An Icelandic volcano has begun subglacial eruptions, threatening UCF's game against Penn State in Ireland set for Aug. 30.

The eruption had not altered air travel as of Saturday.

Vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer told the Associated Press it was not clear if lava would melt through the ice, which is about 330 to 1,300 feet thick, and send ash into the air. Ash causes problems for airplane engines and instruments. In 2010 an Icelandic volcano erupted and triggered the cancellation of 100,000 flights in Europe.

The area around the volcano has been declared a no-fly zone, but flights are allowed to move through Icelandic airspace.

UCF officials said they were monitoring the situation and had no plans to alter their travel schedule. They planned to ship their equipment Saturday, with the team to leave Tuesday.

Penn State said it was monitoring the situation.

USF: Taggart tweets names of captains

TAMPA — If Saturday morning's team photo is any sign, USF is following through with its plans for nameless jerseys, though coach Willie Taggart is hardly shunning name recognition altogether.

He said on Twitter on Friday night that three seniors — WR Andre Davis, LB Reshard Cliett and K Marvin Kloss — were voted captains by teammates. The special teams captain will rotate during the season.

"I think it says a lot, especially when we as coaches don't have any influence on who gets picked," Taggart said during the photo session at Raymond James Stadium. "It's all by their peers, and like I tell our guys, I think that's the best award you can get."

Earning a ride: Fifth-year senior WR Jordan Duval, a regular on special teams who appeared in all 12 games in 2013, has earned a scholarship, Taggart said. The former all-county Hillsborough High receiver and punter recorded his first two college receptions last year.

Catamounts out: Western Carolina suspended five players for the Aug. 30 opener against USF for undisclosed academic violations. LB Bryson Jordan and WR Karnorris Benson are starters on the most recent depth chart. DL Fred Mooring, DL Tahjai Watt and WR Seth Curtis are second-stringers.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer; Times wires

FSU: Scout team now. Playing games later?

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced the scout team. It includes three touted freshmen: QB/WR John Franklin, TE Mavin Saunders and DT Arthur Williams. But their inclusion doesn't mean they will redshirt.

"Before we post any of (the scout teams), we call them in and talk to them individually and go over things and tell them, 'This is why, and this is what you want to do' and give them their role and where we think they're at," Fisher said. "It's not just a 'Bang, here, go do this.' We spend a lot of time with these kids. It matters to these kids, and we try and do it the right way."

Orlando Sentinel

UM: Part-timers are among linebackers

CORAL GABLES — With their linebacking corps thinned by the dismissals of Alex Figueroa and Jawand Blue, the Hurricanes have gotten creative.

Walter Tucker, who moved from linebacker to fullback in the spring, has been back with the defense and is expected to go both ways. Nantambu-Akil Fentress, usually a safety, has seen time at linebacker. Even touted freshman WR David Njoku got a two-day look at linebacker before moving back to offense.

However, coaches say they're confident in the group anchored by first-team All-ACC Denzel Perryman (108 tackles in 2013), Thurston Armbrister (33) and Raphael Kirby (10).

"You have to create depth in interesting ways," defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said. "This isn't the NFL. You can't pick anybody up off waivers or bring them up from the practice squad. You have who you have."

South Florida Sun Sentinel

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