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Miami suspends starting QB Marve for opener

MIAMI — QB Robert Marve, a Plant High graduate, was told Friday that he has been suspended for the opener against Charleston Southern, his former high school coach and others confirmed Saturday to the Miami Herald. The suspension stems from an incident last year in Coconut Grove.

Freshman Jacory Harris is expected to start Miami's opener Thursday at Dolphin Stadium.

But the Herald reported that Marve indicated coaches reaffirmed their faith in him during the Friday meeting. He was told he has been named the starter and is expected to start Sept. 6 at Florida.

"Robert is upset. Robert's family is upset. We were having trouble seeing the wisdom of how an incident from last season is being handled," Eugene Marve, Robert's father and a former NFL linebacker, told the Herald by phone. "But at the end of the day we have to say that his actions created this."

Marve, a redshirt freshman, was arrested Oct. 31 for smashing a car mirror. He was charged with two misdemeanors, but they were later lifted. He was unavailable for comment.

Eugene Marve, who lives in Tampa, said he was told of the suspension and that the punishment was for one game only.

A Miami official declined to say if Marve has been suspended.

Marve's high school coach, Plant's Robert Weiner, said Marve responded to news of the suspension "in a very positive way. Robert is 100 percent a team guy and whatever is the best thing for the University of Miami is what Robert wants to do."

USF: Lineup shapes up

TAMPA — With only seven days until the opener against Tennessee-Martin, USF wrapped up preseason camp.

After three weeks of practices, the depth chart is beginning to sort out, even if the coaching staff is somewhat hesitant to admit it.

"Right now, I'm not going to say we have a starting lineup, but we know which players are going to get significant playing time," offensive coordinator Greg Gregory said. "It's almost impossible to have a feel for the team until next Saturday night, but I like the attitude and I like the toughness that we've shown in camp."

While Gregory said he wasn't surprised by any individual performance in camp, several players solidified themselves "significant playing time."

Two sophomores, FB Richard Kelly and TE Trent Pupello, were among those he mentioned.

"I was the tight ends coach when I first met Trent and I really wanted him here," Gregory said. "He's a tough kid, and he's had a good camp. Kelly is another player that we knew had the ability, he just needed an opportunity."

Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said no players surprised him and the Bulls are not where they were last year.

"We're trying to replace the core of our defense in the two defensive tackles and the middle linebacker," Burnham said. "It's very important that we get our chemistry down."

He also said he was pleased with the past three or four days of practices.

"We had high expectations for players like Tyller Roberts, Jerome (Murphy) and George Selvie. They have all had outstanding camps, but that's what we expected out of them."

UF: Harvin returns

GAINESVILLE — Florida junior WR Percy Harvin returned to practice after missing nearly all of the fall preseason drills while recovering from heel surgery in the spring.

"Percy went today," coach Urban Meyer said. "He didn't do the full practice, but he went."

Harvin has been relegated to individual, noncontact drills since camp opened Aug. 5. Teammates welcomed his return.

"It was good," QB Tim Tebow said. "I mean, he still didn't do everything, but he did a lot. You can still notice there's a different gear when Percy steps on the field."

Harvin remains questionable for the Aug. 30 opener against Hawaii.

"There's a chance (he'll play)" Meyer said. "We'll make that determination next week."

MURPHY A CAPTAIN: Former Lakewood High standout WR Louis Murphy is one of 11 players who will serve as captains.

"It means a lot," he said. "It means I'm working hard and doing things the right way."

Game captains will be selected to start each week. The others: DT Javier Estopinan; TE Cornelius Ingram; RB Kestahn Moore; long snapper James Smith; LB Brandon Spikes, LB Ryan Stamper, OL Jim Tartt; Tebow; OL Phil Trautwein and OL Jason Watkins.

PATCHAN STILL LIMITED: Freshman DT Matt Patchan of Armwood participated in scout work but has still not been cleared for full workouts because of his strained pectoral muscle.

FSU: Total washout

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State never had a chance against Tropical Storm Fay.

As the storm moved into town Friday afternoon, FSU squeezed in practice despite heavy rains and strong wind gusts. But Saturday afternoon, the Seminoles cancelled a preseason scrimmage as Fay hovered over the area.

Coaches plan to meet at 1 p.m. today to discuss whether to hold a practice tonight, a rarity in coach Bobby Bowden's tenure.

The team is scheduled to be off Monday, the first day of classes.

UCF: No looking ahead

ORLANDO — UCF is preparing for its season debut Saturday against South Carolina State. But though their foe is from Division I-AA, coach George O'Leary said the Knights are not overlooking the Bulldogs.

"They're a team that will be a big-play offense with good speed and is very well-coached," the Orlando Sentinel quoted O'Leary as saying. "I've been very impressed with them on film.

"I always look at scheme and what they're trying to get done, and they're very well-coordinated."

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

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