USF sophomore WR D'vario Montgomery, one of the Bulls' top recruits a year ago, told coach Willie Taggart Tuesday morning he was quitting the football team, leaving workouts in Vero Beach a week into fall practice.
"He said it's been bothering him for a while and he just feels like the best thing is for him is to leave," Taggart said by phone Tuesday. "He told me he's been battling with it since spring ball and thought he could keep pushing through. He came to a decision, talked to his mom. I asked him if he was sure and he said he was sure. I told him we want guys who want to be here."
Montgomery, a consensus four-star recruit from Winter Park High, had six catches for 65 yards as a freshman but had injuries in spring and this month. He was held out of drills this weekend with a tweaked hamstring.
Montgomery has a redshirt year available and will have three years of eligibility at a new school starting in 2014. Steven Moffett, an assistant at Winter Park, said Montgomery had been considering a transfer since January, after coach Skip Holtz was fired.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
FSU: Number what?
TALLAHASSEE — On Florida State's practice fields all month, two defensive players have worn No. 6. Both could start this fall.
The operative word is "could."
As long as CB Nick Waisome and DE Dan Hicks keep wearing the same number, though, they can't share the field.
Under NCAA rules, players on the same unit with the same number can't be on the field at the same time. Duplicate numbers are okay if players aren't on the field together.
"If we need one, then the other one's got to come off the field," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "That's their choice."
Recruiting: DE Rick Leonard of Maryland committed to the Seminoles via Twitter.
UM: Two freshmen fly
CORAL GABLES — Sunday's first rehearsal went well for at least two high-profile Miami freshmen. Without looking at stats, coach Al Golden could say LB Jermaine Grace and CB Artie Burns were a cut above.
"Jermaine Grace made you take notice of him," Golden said. "So we sat in there and put him on all the special teams and gave him a chance."
For Burns, "the moment wasn't too big for him," Golden said.
Other standouts included DE Anthony Chickillo of Alonso High, RB Eduardo Clements, DE Al-Quan Muhammad, DL Olsen Pierre and LB Alex Figueroa, Golden said.
Also, UM will mark the 30th anniversary of its 1983 national championship team at halftime of the Aug. 30 opener against FAU. More than 50 players and coaches are expected to attend.
UCF: Bortles tougher
ORLANDO — Blake Bortles took part in "Oklahoma drills" — a normal part of fall practices but an unusual spot for a starting quarterback.
But Bortles held his own, bowling over 5-foot-10, 180-pound freshman CB D.J. Killings.
"I got a little concerned we put the quarterback out there," coach George O'Leary said. "But he ended up all right. I tell you it's good to see your quarterback do that, though."