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Daniels says USF will avoid skids of past

TAMPA — In recent years, USF hasn't bounced back well from its first loss, with a second loss following in each of the past two seasons and worse skids before that. But QB B.J. Daniels said Wednesday this year's team has the focus to avoid such a snowball effect.

"We have a lot of guys who have seen it, been around a couple of years, like myself," Daniels said. "We're not going to be down just because we lost last week. And definitely, I can tell you we're not the old South Florida team to lose five or six in a row, whatever the case may be. We're working at it, making sure we're going to be ready."

USF's worst season losing streak is three, in 2007 and 2008 after promising starts.

The Bulls (4-1, 0-1 Big East) have this week off before playing Oct. 15 at Connecticut. Wednesday's practice, their second since last week's 44-17 loss to Pittsburgh, had an upbeat group of players who were shaking off the loss and getting back to normal.

"A lot of guys flying around," Daniels said. "Offense talking trash to defense. We're all getting at each other, but it's all in good fun. I enjoyed practice. If we can practice at this high energy, the game will be so much easier."

THIS AND THAT: Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder reiterated that he planned no changes in his starting lineup after giving up 24 second-half points to Pittsburgh, stressing that improved execution can solve many of the defensive problems from that game. … WR Terrence Mitchell, who sustained a concussion two weeks ago in USF's win against UTEP, remains in a holding pattern as he recovers, with no timetable set for his return to practice. Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said he'd like to have Mitchell back for UConn but understands the need to be careful with a head injury.

UF: No QB decision

GAINESVILLE — Coach Will Muschamp has not announced Florida's starting quarterback for Saturday's game at LSU, but he created a pecking order Wednesday morning.

Asked what the depth chart would look like if Jeff Driskel started, Muschamp said Jacoby Brissett would be No. 2 and Tyler Murphy would be No. 3. All three are freshmen.

Though Driskel coming out ahead would not be a surprise — he has been John Brantley's backup since training camp — Brissett at No. 2 might turn heads. Of the inexperienced trio, the Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer product is the most green, first practicing with the team in August.

Brantley is out at least this week with what is reportedly a high ankle sprain sustained last week against Alabama.

WR Frankie Hammond said Brissett looks comfortable in the offense, and at 6 feet 3, 239 pounds, he has the strongest arm among the quarterbacks.

"I see a lot of good things out of Jacoby," TE Jordan Reed said. "He's got a real strong arm, and he's really athletic, as well. I think he could be a really good player."

Wenger apologizes to Brantley: RG Dan Wenger looked shaken up when asked Wednesday about Brantley's injury. Toward the end of the second quarter Saturday, Wenger was overpowered by LB Courtney Upshaw, whose sack on Brantley led to the injury.

"I apologized to him, and it's just one of those things where we have to come together, and he understands that it wasn't intentional and that I feel terrible about it," Wenger said. "But you've just got to move on."

Tyler Jett, Times correspondent

UM: DE battles back

CORAL GABLES — DE Shayon Green is expected to play extensively Saturday against Virginia Tech. He has overcome two major knee surgeries, the last coming less than six months ago. "An amazing story on his part," coach Al Golden said.

bad sign: The Hurricanes have recently struggled offensively against Virginia Tech, scoring 17 or fewer points in the past five meetings.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Up next

FSU: at Wake Forest, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 44

UF: at LSU, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 10

UM: at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, TV TBA

UCF: vs. Marshall, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, BHSN

USF: at Connecticut, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15, TV TBA

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