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USF Bulls QB Daniels slowed by hamstring injury

VERO BEACH — USF starting QB B.J. Daniels had a scare Tuesday morning, going down with a left hamstring injury, but coach Skip Holtz says Daniels will be limited only a few days.

"He just tightened up, knotted up. He didn't pull it. It's not severe or anything like that," Holtz said before evening practice. "He should be fine."

Daniels went down awkwardly on a scramble and was attended to by trainers for a few minutes. He watched the end of practice with his leg iced.

"He will probably be able to do a little bit of limited throwing and everything," Holtz said. "This doesn't affect his arm or what he's doing with that. He won't take any team work for about two days. And then we'll turn and evaluate it from there."

THIS AND THAT: FB Armando Sanchez, a Northeast graduate, missed his second day with an injury to his left hand. … The Bulls added two walk-ons to the roster, RB J.J. Peterson and S Tre Griffin, a transfer from Navy. … True freshman WR Andre Davis of Jefferson is making a case to play immediately.

UM: Surgery for OL

CORAL GABLES — Miami OL Seantrel Henderson has been released from a South Florida hospital, one day after back surgery.

Coach Al Golden said the procedure was successful without offering specifics. Team officials are evaluating Henderson's rehabilitation schedule and possible timetable for a return.

The 6-foot-8 Henderson has been bothered by back issues for several months, even after slimming down from 388 pounds to 341 this year.

UF: DBs feeling feisty

GAINESVILLE — The competition is apparently heating up at Florida practice, particularly in the secondary. With the loss of senior Janoris Jenkins and the arrival of several big-time recruits, the battle has been intense, despite the fact that the Gators don't start hitting in pads until today.

"Right now we're just doing right safety, left safety (instead of strong and free) so we can get to learn both," redshirt freshman S Josh Shaw said. "Me and Josh Evans are on the left side right now, and Jaylen Watkins and Matt Elam are on the right side."

And as for coach Will Muschamp's efforts to build team chemistry through friendship? It doesn't extend to practice.

"Every day it gets more and more intense because of the competition," Shaw said. "It gets higher and higher because guys are just out here fighting for a spot."

QUITE SURREAL: Junior DT Omar Hunter grew up a huge San Francisco 49ers fan. So imagine how Hunter feels being coached daily by former 49ers four-time Pro Bowl player Bryant Young.

"I watched him all the time," Hunter said. "San Francisco, that was my favorite team. It's crazy. My first cousin is Garrison Hearst, he played for San Francisco. I used to always go to the games to watch him. And to be watching Bryant Young here coaching me, it's awesome."

FSU: Backs sit out

TALLAHASSEE — Two of FSU's top running backs missed time. Starter Chris Thompson was out with back soreness. Jermaine Thomas was out with a migraine.

Also, WR Jarred Haggins was carted off suffering from cramps, and OL Jacob Stanley was carted off with a lower back injury.

Honor: Former Seminoles DE Andre Wadsworth was named FSU's "ACC Legend" by the conference's offices. The walk-on who became an All-ACC lineman will be honored at the conference title game.

Antonya English, Times staff writer; Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel; Times wires

USF Bulls QB Daniels slowed by hamstring injury 08/09/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 11:32pm]

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