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Gators offense to 'throw kitchen sink' at Alabama

GAINESVILLE — For the past few weeks, many have wondered whether offensive coordinator Charlie Weis had fully opened his playbook in Florida's new offense.

On Monday, coach Will Muschamp acknowledged that because the Gators have outscored their first four opponents 161-36, there hasn't been a need to throw it all out there.

Apparently facing Alabama will change that. The Tide leads the league in scoring defense (8.0) and total defense (184.0), and Weis said Tuesday that UF will bring out whatever it takes to win.

"I think you have to play sound, fundamental football, and you have to go ahead and throw the kitchen sink at them now," Weis said. "And they're going to get the kitchen sink. You guys have been writing about holding things back; well, you won't have to worry about that this week. They're going to get plenty."

FSU: No arrest talk yet

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher refrained from offering a statement on the arrest of CB Greg Reid, who was charged with two misdemeanors Monday.

"When everything resolves, I'll make a statement," Fisher said Tuesday. "I'm not going to make a statement until the facts sort themselves out."

About 3 a.m. Monday, Tallahassee police arrested Reid on charges of perjury not in an official proceeding and resisting an officer without violence. He posted $500 bond on the two misdemeanor charges Monday and was at practice Tuesday.

Reid's attorney, Tim Jansen, said Monday that he was "puzzled" by the charges and believed they would soon be dropped, but that had not happened as of Tuesday.

Injury updates: QB EJ Manuel continued to miss workouts with a left (nonthrowing) shoulder injury. Fisher is optimistic Manuel might return against Wake Forest on Oct. 8. … OT Andrew Datko sat out with a shoulder injury apparently suffered against Clemson on Saturday.

Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

USF: Forgetting streaks

TAMPA — If USF is to start its Big East schedule on good footing, it must overcome two losing streaks.

The Bulls have lost six straight in prime-time meetings on Thursdays against conference opponents and three straight against Pittsburgh.

Despite these trends, USF remains optimistic.

"We don't acknowledge (the Thursday night losing streak) because each year each team has a different group of players, so what happened last year or the years previous doesn't affect this group at all," sixth-year senior WR A.J. Love said Monday.

But the Bulls have won five straight away from Raymond James Stadium.

"I don't think that's one thing guys harp on too much, 'Oh, we've always won away games.' We just go and play football, and that's the beautiful thing about this team … and great things happen," junior LB Sam Barrington said.

Ian Lanphier, Times correspondent

UM: Chickillo rising

CORAL GABLES — Miami freshman Anthony Chickillo, a former Alonso High standout, is listed as a starter at defensive end, beating out senior Adewale Ojomo.

Chickillo is "doing a lot of good things for us," coach Al Golden said.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

UCF: Return struggles

ORLANDO — Last season, versatile DE Bruce Miller helped UCF lead the nation in yards per kickoff return (27.78) and rank No. 12 in yards per punt return (13.13).

With Miller now gone, the situation has changed. The Knights have struggled fielding punts, and coach George O'Leary is concerned about what they do when they manage to hold onto the ball. UCF is No. 113 in yards per kickoff return (17.86) and No. 116 in yards per punt return (0.43).

The Knights will focus on the struggles during the bye week, O'Leary said.

Iliana Limon, Orlando Sentinel

.Fast facts

Up next

USF: at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Thursday, ESPN

Miami: vs. Bethune-Cookman, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU

Florida: vs. Alabama, 8 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 10

FSU: at Wake Forest, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Ch. 44

UCF: vs. Marshall, 7 p.m. Oct. 8, BHSN

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