Florida Gators linebacker makes most of his time on the field

Gators linebacker Jelani Jenkins plows South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw for a first-quarter sack. Jenkins has missed four games and parts of two others with injuries, but said, “I’m happy the way the season is going.”

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Gators linebacker Jelani Jenkins plows South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw for a first-quarter sack. Jenkins has missed four games and parts of two others with injuries, but said, “I’m happy the way the season is going.”

GAINESVILLE — Florida LB Jelani Jenkins has had trouble staying on the field this season, but he is not letting that get him down.

The redshirt junior, who has started the last three games, missed four games this season with a broken thumb and a pulled hamstring. He has left two other games early because of the hamstring.

"It's been tough, but I trust the athletic training staff," Jenkins said. "They got me back on the field as quickly as possible. … I'm happy the way the season is going."

Jenkins recorded a sack Saturday against Missouri, and in his limited time this season he has one interception, 18 tackles and two sacks.

Injury Update: DT Leon Orr is still working back into playing shape after being hospitalized last week with the flu. He is unlikely to play Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette, coach Will Muschamp said. … Junior WR/KR Andre Debose has yet to return to practice. Debose, the primary kickoff and punt returner, hyperextended a knee in practice last week and missed the win over Missouri. TE Omarius Hines returned kicks against Missouri and S De'Ante Saunders returned punts.

USF: Testing QBs

TAMPA — Open weeks offer an opportunity to experiment, and as Matt Floyd and Bobby Eveld compete to be USF's starting quarterback next week at Miami, the Bulls are giving another player a look, too.

Senior WR Victor Marc, who played quarterback in high school and for part of his freshman year at USF, took snaps Wednesday in a wildcat look.

"Learning experience," Marc said. "Just trying to do everything the coaches want me to do, just trying to provide help that we need right now."

Senior QB B.J. Daniels is out for the season with a broken bone at the base of his left leg. Last year, when Daniels missed a game due to a shoulder injury and Eveld started against Louisville, Marc made a cameo, converting on a fourth-and-short play out of a direct snap.

"We have to go back to the drawing board, learn everything I can during the off week," said Marc, who has 12 catches for 125 yards as a slot receiver this year.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Miami: DB Bush out

CORAL GABLES — Starting S Deon Bush, who aggravated a shoulder stinger in the victory against Virginia Tech, will miss Saturday's game against Virginia, coach Al Golden announced.

LB Denzel Perryman, who has been battling an ankle injury, practiced with limited contact. Golden said he was "between probable and doubtful" for this week.

Golden also said freshman WR Malcolm Lewis (dislocated right ankle) was granted a medical redshirt and will have four years of eligibility.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

UCF: Quick study

ORLANDO — It's not easy to stay somewhat under the radar when you've got the nickname "Speedy" and run a 4.45-second 40 yards, but Knights sophomore WR Rannell Hall remains a quiet threat with huge potential.

He earned All-Conference USA first-team honors with his kick-return abilities as a freshman, but he has been limited by a shoulder injury and overshadowed by Quincy McDuffie's record-setting efforts this season.

Still, players and coaches say Hall has made significant progress. He leads UCF in receiving touchdowns with four and is averaging a team-high 18.1 yards per catch.

"He learned the system, so he understands the scheme now and knows how to attack coverage," WR Rob Calabrese said.

Orlando Sentinel

Up next

Miami: at Virginia, noon Saturday. TV: Ch. 28

UF: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 12:20 Saturday. TV: Ch. 38

UCF: at Texas-El Paso, 7 Saturday. TV: Fox College Sports

USF: at Miami, Nov. 17, time and TV TBA

Florida Gators linebacker makes most of his time on the field 11/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 9:35pm]

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