TAMPA — Preparing for a new-age offense presents challenges, but it's another test entirely to do so against the coach who pioneered the offense.
That's the task USF faces against Chris Ault's pistol formation Saturday at Nevada. Wolf Pack QB Cody Fajardo will line up about 4 yards behind the center and will have RB Stefphon Jefferson about 3 yards directly behind him.
"Everybody around the country has gone and learned and implemented it in their offense," USF defensive coordinator Chris Cosh said. "But he's the guy that started it. He knows the ins and outs. It causes problems."
Last week Fajardo and Jefferson combined for 474 yards of offense in a win at Cal.
SHAW MIGHT BE OUT: Junior RB Marcus Shaw (ankle) missed his second straight practice. If Shaw isn't ready, coaches will have to choose a No. 2 running back quickly. Coach Skip Holtz mentioned senior Lindsey Lamar, who he had considered redshirting, and junior Bradley Battles, who was suspended from the opener.
WILLIAMS RETURNS: Sophomore LT Darrell Williams, who missed Saturday's opener with a sprained ankle, was back practicing. Senior Damien Edwards, who started in place of Williams, was still working with the first team at practice.
Joe Polito, Times correspondent
UF: Time will tell
GAINESVILLE — The Gators have been under quite a bit of scrutiny over whether they held back offensively in the Bowling Green game in anticipation of Saturday's SEC opener at Texas A&M. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease said too much is being made of the issue, and the offense will evolve all season.
"Well, I guess everybody's evaluation of what you're going to see and when you're going to see it — this is a growing process," he said. "I want it to be more than what it is right now. … You're always going to see different things. I want to be more productive than what we are. I want to be better on third downs, I want to score more points, we need to create more first downs. I want to be more balanced, run and pass. So, yeah, I think there's things (he wants to see more of), but is that all going to happen in the first game? I was hoping, but it didn't. That's one thing we've got to work to get better at. I guess it all can't be perfect in the first game."
Antonya English, Times staff writer
FSU: Werner honored
TALLAHASSEE — FSU DE Bjoern Werner, who had five tackles for loss and four sacks in Saturday's rout over Murray State, was named ACC defensive lineman of the week.
Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel
UM: Line intrigue
CORAL GABLES — Miami junior RT Seantrel Henderson is back on the two-deep depth chart after missing nearly a month. But freshman Ereck Flowers, who started in his place Saturday at Boston College, graded out at a 94 out of 100 and drew praise from coaches and teammates.
So, might Henderson move?
"We'll see," coach Al Golden said. "We're going to go with our best five."
Michael Casagrande, Sun Sentinel