TALLAHASSEE — For the second time in about a month, a midweek tweet from a Jacksonville-based radio personality sent Florida State fans into frenzy Tuesday and Wednesday.
They were anxiously wondering if their starting right tackle would be available for Saturday's ACC opener against Wake Forest.
Menelik Watson, a junior college transfer, tweaked a foot or ankle, radio host Rick Ballou tweeted an hour after Tuesday's practice and didn't finish the workout.
Coach Jimbo Fisher said Wednesday that Watson was fine after getting banged up during drills between the offensive and defensive lines.
"We're good there," Fisher said.
Watson was at practice Thursday, but he did not get first-team snaps during the period open to reporters. Backup Daniel Glauser was with the first team at right tackle.
UF: Tannen a Legend
GAINESVILLE — Former Florida DB Steve Tannen is among 14 ex-players who will be honored as part of the 2012 SEC Legends Football Class. Tannen, 64, who played from 1967-69, was a two-time All-SEC pick and the league's top defensive back in 1969. He is one of 10 Gators with 11-plus career interceptions. The first-round pick of the Jets in 1970 went on to play five seasons and later was inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame as a Gator Great. Read more at tampabay.com/blogs/gators/.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
UM: Run game woes
CORAL GABLES — RB Mike James wasn't making excuses for Miami's 40 yards rushing on 29 carries during a 52-13 loss at Kansas State. Fixing the problems "isn't a science," he said.
"Guys are just ready to get back at it," he said. "We didn't like the way it turned out. The only people we can blame is ourselves."
"We had a chance to bust out some runs, we just missed it here, missed it there," offensive line coach Art Kehoe said. "It was a long day."
History is on Miami's side this weekend, when it hosts Bethune-Cookman. Under coach Al Golden, UM is 6-0 after a loss, is 4-0 in home openers at Sun Life Stadium and has outscored MEAC teams 400-49 in eight meetings.
a henderson push: Freshman RT Ereck Flowers is still the starter, but junior Seantrel Henderson is making progress. Flowers said the rising competition is a good motivator: "It's got to be," he said. "It's got to be so everybody plays to the best of their ability."