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Golden shuffles UM deck

Miami quarterback Stephen Morris led the Hurricanes to a victory last year and will face the Terrapins again in this year’s opener on Monday.

Associated Press

Miami quarterback Stephen Morris led the Hurricanes to a victory last year and will face the Terrapins again in this year’s opener on Monday.

CORAL GABLES — Once the NCAA doled out suspensions Tuesday to eight Miami Hurricanes players, coach Al Golden adjusted accordingly and finally released his depth chart.

With QB Jacory Harris suspended one game, Stephen Morris (who might have been named starter anyhow) will be under center Monday night against Maryland.

With WR Travis Benjamin also out one game, Allen Hurns will start opposite LaRon Byrd.

Other new starters after suspensions: S JoJo Nicolas, DT Darius Smith, OLB Jordan Futch and DEs Marcus Robinson and Andrew Smith.

Also, six true freshmen are listed on UM's two-deep on defense, including former Alonso DE Anthony Chickillo.

And senior WR Aldarius Johnson was suspended indefinitely by the team for violating team rules.

USF: No tourists here

TAMPA — As excitement builds for USF's opener Saturday at No. 16 Notre Dame, coach Skip Holtz said he has preached focus before his team heads to South Bend.

"I want them focused on what's important, and that's what goes on between the lines," he said. "We call it the circus — the media circus, the fanfare, the interviews, getting pulled and tugged, the families — all that stuff that goes on in college football is great. I mean, it's part of the pageantry that makes college football so great, but as a player in the game, it has zero effect on what happens between the lines. We're not going to get off the bus with a camera around our neck. This is a business trip."

BIG ADDITION: USF announced that former Blake High standout TE Mike McFarland, a transfer from Florida, received a waiver from the NCAA to play this season. Most transfers must sit out one season. McFarland has all four years of college eligibility remaining.

"I don't think (adding McFarland) will play a huge role early in the season, but as he starts to get more comfortable, especially with the loss of (TE) Jeff Hawkins during the summer, that could prove to be a very significant addition for us," Holtz said.

INJURED LIST: Holtz said DT Demi Thompson is doubtful for Saturday with a back injury, and LB Curtis Weatherspoon and CB Spencer Boyd are day to day with nagging injuries.

Ian Lanphier, Times correspondent

UF: Weis loves his RBs

GAINESVILLE — Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis might be most known for development of his famous quarterbacks, but he is pretty excited about another aspect of the Gators' offense: starting RBs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey.

"I'm a big fan of Demps and Rainey by the way," Weis said Tuesday afternoon. "I'm not used to having two guys that are that fast and that quick. It's a very unusual quality, but the best part about it for me is the fact that they're very close to being the same guy. That allows you to not have to throw in eight different things for each guy. … So that's why, when we'll list them as co-starters, we look at them, they'll both be out there a whole bunch."

Weis said he's never had players with that kind of speed.

"Not close," he said. "Not college level. Period. There's, nope. Period."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

FSU: Reid impressed

TALLAHASSEE — Asked for his thoughts on Louisiana-Monroe's receivers, Florida State CB Greg Reid used one word: "fast."

"They have a real fast team," he said of the Seminoles' first opponent. "The motion stuff, the speed. It kills."

Warhawks QB Kolton Browning, who threw for more than 2,500 yards last season, ranked second on the team with 385 yards rushing. WR Luther Ambrose, one of ULM's top playmakers, is a deep threat.

DELAY: Afternoon practice was delayed about 45 minutes by lightning in the area.

Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

UCF: Spots settled

ORLANDO — Sophomore OL Justin McCray, freshman LB Leilon Willingham and freshman K Shawn Moffitt are among the players who have moved up UCF's depth chart.

McCray bumped his older brother, senior Cliff McCray, for a starting job at left guard.

Willingham jumped ahead of former Florida basketball player Ray Shipman to earn a starting job at outside linebacker.

And Moffitt is nipping at senior Nick Cattoi's heels for the starting kicker job.

"Hopefully, he can keep some pressure on Cattoi," coach George O'Leary said.

Also, senior David Bohner will be the new starting punter, with junior Jamie Boyle the backup.

Iliana Limon, Orlando Sentinel

.UP NExT

State games

USF: at Notre Dame, 3:30 Saturday, Ch. 8

FSU: vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 3:30 Saturday, ESPNU

Florida: vs. Florida Atlantic, 7 Saturday, ESPNU

UCF: vs. Charleston

Southern, 7 Saturday, BHSN

Miami: at Maryland, 8

Monday, ESPN

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