Two Seminoles were named ACC players of the week on Monday for their efforts in Saturday's 52-0 win over Wake Forest.
Senior RB Chris Thompson, who was also named a national player of the week by the College Football Performance Awards, claimed offensive back of the week for his nine-carry, 197-yard, two-touchdown performance. The outing also was his first against Wake Forest since breaking his back against the Demon Deacons last year.
The ACC also named DE Cornellius "Tank" Carradine defensive lineman of the week. He had 2.5 tackles for loss, both sacks. His 12 total tackles leads the team.
Sophomore punt returner Rashad Greene was named a College Football Performance Award national player of the week after his 60-yard punt return for a touchdown. DE Bjoern Werner, the nation's sack leader, took home honorable mention in the same awards.
Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel
USF: Spun around
TAMPA — With less than two minutes remaining and USF trailing Rutgers 16-13 on Thursday night, the Bulls defense had largely held RB Jawan Jamison in check, limiting him to 101 yards on 36 carries, less than 3 yards per rush. But Jamison broke the game open with a 41-yard touchdown that included a spin move that left S Mark Joyce going in the wrong direction.
Sunday night, Joyce was asked about the touchdown and how hard it was to watch the spin move as the Bulls looked back on Rutgers' 23-13 victory in the teams' Big East opener.
"It was rough," Joyce said. "I know I can do better than that. It really stuck with me. It's going to motivate me to do better, to get better every day, to make sure it never happens again."
Joyce said he liked what he saw from the defense in Sunday's practice, with players putting the loss behind them and preparing for a prolific offense at Ball State on Saturday.
"The whole team was focused on what's next," Joyce said. "We know we could have done a better job last Thursday, but it's over with, so we have to grow from that. I think our team came out mature, focused on practice and getting ready for Saturday."
Ball State has averaged 472 yards of total offense in its three games. That's a major upgrade from the Cardinals team that USF beat 37-7 in Tampa last season, when Ball State had 225 yards of offense and didn't score until the fourth quarter.
"They've improved a lot," Joyce said. "It was tough last year. It wasn't a cakewalk when we played them, so we know we have to come prepared."
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
UM: Fighting injury bug
CORAL GABLES — The injury news was mixed for Miami.
Coach Al Golden had no updates on the status of starting middle LB Denzel Perryman, but he said he was happy to see a few other banged up players on the practice field.
WR Allen Hurns was back after missing Saturday's game against Bethune-Cookman with a head injury. S Vaughn Telemaque was also out Saturday and saw limited practice time Monday. Freshman LB Raphael Kirby was back jogging after suffering a lower leg injury in August that required crutches for a few weeks.
"We're getting closer," Golden said. "He won't be ready for Saturday, but we are getting closer."
But long snapper Sean McNally is out for the season after suffering a "lower extremity" injury.
UCF: Mizzou time set
Kickoff time for the Sept. 29 home game against SEC newcomer Missouri was set for noon and the game will air on FSN. The Knights (2-1) have a bye this week.