TAMPA — If a three-game skid heading into Sunday against Connecticut wasn't bad enough, USF starting QB Matt Grothe, who injured his left ankle Saturday, was in a boot Tuesday and held out of practice.
"My leg's all right, will be all right come Sunday," he said. "I'm really looking forward to this game Sunday, prime time in the lights, ESPN, against a really good team."
Grothe, a Lake Gibson High product, hasn't missed a game at USF, starting 35 in a row. Coach Jim Leavitt said he didn't expect Grothe to miss the game. He also said he expects sophomore OL Jake Sims, who injured an ankle Saturday, to play.
FSU: Ingram may shift to fill in for Rolle
TALLAHASSEE — With junior rover Myron Rolle expected to miss at least part of Saturday night's game against Maryland, FSU is exploring several options, including a position switch for senior LB Kenny Ingram.
Ingram, who came to Florida State as a safety, said he worked primarily at rover Tuesday and had no trouble remembering his assignments.
"The only thing different is the conditioning part," Ingram said. "You do a hell of a lot more running at safety."
INJURIES: An MRI exam on senior FS Darius McClure revealed torn cartilage in his left knee. McClure hopes to return this season. … Starting LT Andrew Datko (dislocated elbow) did not participate in practice, but coach Bobby Bowden said the freshman could return this week.
UF: Tebow says draft hasn't crossed mind
GAINESVILLE — Saturday's game will be the final time 21 seniors take the field at the Swamp, but many are curious if it's the last time several juniors will as well.
QB Tim Tebow, WR/RB Percy Harvin and LB Brandon Spikes might consider forgoing their final season of eligibility for the NFL draft. But Tebow seemed genuinely surprised when asked if he had considered that he might be preparing for his final home game.
"No," he said. "No I haven't, as you can tell (based on his puzzled look). I don't even think about it like that, man. The more I'm here, the longer I want to stay here, too. I love being a Gator. I'm not like, it's not even. Nah."
NOT SO GREAT, TUESDAY: Coach Urban Meyer is a big believer in Tuesday and Wednesday practices setting a tone, but he wasn't thrilled about Tuesday's practice heading into the game against the Citadel.
"I was a little disappointed today, to be honest with you," he said. "We just need to get everybody healthy."
UM: Team gets ready for a chilly reception
CORAL GABLES — Miami equipment manager Bobby Revilla, as keeper of the cold-weather gear, is a popular man this week. Forecast for Thursday's game at Georgia Tech suggest the kickoff temperature in Atlanta might be in the 30s.
"I'm a Florida boy," said QB Robert Marve, the former Plant City standout, "so I'll probably wear something (extra)."
But players say the weather won't be a distraction.
"As soon as you get into the game, that stuff starts going away," LB Glenn Cook said. "You can't really fight nature."
Times staff writer Antonya English and Times correspondent Ira Schoffel contributed to this report, which used information from Associated Press.