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Florida's Spikes, Harvin questionable for Saturday

GAINESVILLE — LB Brandon Spikes and WR Percy Harvin remain questionable for Florida's opener against Hawaii on Saturday.

"Percy actually practiced with the team in seven-on-seven drills," coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday. "The one that's not (practicing) is Spikes. Spikes has that toe and foot deal. I was disappointed today. I'll know more about him (later)."

Redshirt junior Ryan Stamper is expected to start if Spikes (right heel) is unavailable.

OLs Corey Hobbs (neck) and Maurice Hurt (shoulder) and QB John Brantley (staph infection) did not practice.

GUT CHECK: The Gators had "Bloody Tuesday" practice, the toughest the team will face all week. Meyer was impressed with his offensive line despite the various looks the unit faced.

"On offense (Bloody Tuesday) means we're going to give you the most difficult blocks," Meyer said. "Twists and blitzes and movement and then Wednesday we clean it up and Thursday you really clean it up."

GOOD CHOICE: Senior Jonathan Phillips continues to stay in front of freshman Caleb Sturgis to be the starting kicker. Phillips almost went to law school this fall but decided to return after talking with Meyer.

"When I came in I was a little bit too young, I didn't really know what was going on," Phillips said. "Then when I was ready to kick I got hurt and that took a whole year. … (Meyer) said, 'Stay; I really think you can do it.' And I said all right, and it's happened to work out."

USF: Pins and needles

TAMPA — After a month of camp and several two-a-day practices, the season is here for USF.

Students and fans have been eager, but coach Jim Leavitt might be the most excited about the new season.

"I'm on edge right now," he said. "You know me; I'm like, 'Come on, let's go, let's get going.' "

Leavitt said he needs to see a game before he can gauge the team's mind-set. But after practice, defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said the team did not go as hard as it had been.

"I could see (a game-day mentality) in them, until today," he said. "It was hot, humid, and the heat won."

Leavitt suspended freshman LB Quavon Taylor for missing practice Monday. "He didn't know we were practicing. How could he not know we were practicing? That seems impossible to me. So I'm suspending him from the team for a week," Leavitt said. "… He's not a bad kid, he's just trying to get things figured out. I'm just glad he's safe."

FSU: Snaps galore

TALLAHASSEE — QB Drew Weatherford remains the starter on the depth chart, but don't expect the fifth-year senior from Land O'Lakes to take all the snaps in Florida State's opener Sept. 6 against Western Carolina.

Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said he'll use at least two quarterbacks in the first game.

"You never know, it could be three," Fisher said. "I think you can probably definitely say you'll use two of them."

Weatherford has 33 starts the past three seasons, but reserves Christian Ponder and D'Vontrey Richardson have improved drastically from last season. The quarterbacks were unavailable to the media after practice.

CATCHING ON: With freshmen Ja'Baris Little and Bo Reliford out with academic issues, fifth-year senior Josh Dobbie is working at tight end with the first-team offense.

A Bloomingdale product, Dobbie transferred in 2006 after playing in 10 games as a freshman at Army. He mostly played special teams last season until receiving significant playing time in the Music City Bowl.

EXTRA POINTS: Freshman RB Ty Jones (hip flexor) from Middleton High returned to practice after missing several days … The 'Noles will hold a limited-contact scrimmage on Friday night, their final scrimmage of camp.

UM: Injuries add up

CORAL GABLES — DEs Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey have been ruled out of Miami's opener Thursday night against Charleston Southern because of injuries.

Moncur is still recovering from hernia surgery, and Bailey has an injured chest muscle. Both could be ready in time for the game at No. 5 Florida on Sept. 6.

The Hurricanes also ruled OLs Chris Barney and Ben Jones, DL Josh Holmes and WR Kris Kimball out for Week 1 with various injuries, and listed OL Reggie Youngblood (head) and DB Lovon Ponder (shoulder) as doubtful.

The Hurricanes are already short-handed with the suspension of seven players, including former Plant QB Robert Marve, for the opener.

Times correspondents Joe Rienzi and Scott Carter contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

>>Fast facts

Up next

Miami: vs. Charleston Southern, 7:30 Thursday, no TV

Florida: vs. Hawaii,

12:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 38

USF: vs. Tennessee-Martin, 7 p.m. Saturday, Catch 47

FSU: vs. Western Carolina,

6 p.m. Sept. 6, pay per view

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