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Injured Manuel's status unclear for FSU

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that starting QB EJ Manuel was just sore and he hoped Manuel can return this week, though his type of shoulder injury often requires two weeks to three months of rehab.

FSU opens ACC play at Clemson on Saturday.

Manuel was evaluated for a possible separated shoulder injury suffered in Saturday's 23-13 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma. The junior was hurt getting tackled during the third quarter.

Manuel, who will be evaluated in a day-by-day process, did not practice Monday. Freshman backup Clint Trickett, who has never started, took all the first-team snaps.

"He was on top of things," Fisher said of Trickett's practice. "Played really well."

Fisher said Manuel's issue was an AC joint separation in the left, nonthrowing shoulder. An MRI found no abnormalities.

"It's a concern," Fisher said. "You've got to make sure it doesn't affect your throwing motion."

FSU has other injury issues. Jarred Haggins, the team's second-leading receiver, will miss multiple weeks after breaking his right hand Saturday, when he played the whole game. He wore a soft cast Monday. These players missed the workout or were limited: Bert Reed, Kenny Shaw, Greg Reid, Moses McCray, Jacobbi McDaniel, Willie Haulstead and Everett Dawkins.

Most of them were out as a precaution after Saturday's physical game and should return today, Fisher said.

"It affects you," he said of the injuries. "Injuries are a part of football. We'll move around and do different personnel groupings."

Awards: DE Bjoern Werner and PK Dustin Hopkins earned ACC player of the week honors. Werner had six tackles to claim the defensive line award. Hopkins had 53-yard and 46-yard field goals.

USF: Change at CB?

TAMPA — USF defensive backs coach Rick Smith said he has been disappointed by the play of senior CB Quenton Washington over the past two games and might turn to backups JaQuez Jenkins or George Baker to start Saturday against UTEP.

"Right now, I would probably start JaQuez or George, with the understanding that if Quenton has a great week, he might go in second series," Smith said. "George Baker has graded out a winner two weeks in a row; Quenton hasn't."

Washington was beaten for a 32-yard touchdown pass against Florida A&M, going for an interception and missing.

"Quenton's not playing well," Smith said. "Partly because of his mental frame right now, mental makeup; partly the knee he's been nursing since Vero Beach. Probably should have given him less reps sooner so it could get well. I know that he will come back."

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

UM: Dual threat awaits

CORAL GABLES — The Hurricanes will spend a large portion of this week's practices prepping for Kansas State dual-threat QB Collin Klein, who is equally effective with his arm and feet. He has run for 217 yards and has completed 22 of 39 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

"Clearly, for those of us that watched them play, the kid can run the ball and can make people miss and runs the option pretty well," UM coach Al Golden said. "We expect quite a challenge from him."

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Klein was recruited as a wide receiver before becoming the full-time quarterback last year. He earned the starting job midway through last season, rushing for 127 yards in a victory against Texas in his first start.

The encouraging news for UM is improved defensive line play. Golden said he noticed a difference last week against Ohio State, mainly because of the return of Adewale Ojomo and Marcus Forston from suspension.

"We put good pressure on the quarterback," Golden said. "We're clearly getting more pressure from the four-man rush, with Ojomo and Forston."

South Florida Sun Sentinel

UCF: Battle expected

ORLANDO — UCF expects Friday's opponent, BYU, to be highly motivated after the Cougars lost at home 54-10 to rival Utah.

The Knights will play in Provo, Utah, for the first time.

"I expect them to come out hard," UCF sophomore DT Victor Gray said. "I expect them to come out hungry. We looked at some film from their Utah game, and they looked like they played uncharacteristic as well. We're both kind of in the same boat (UCF lost at FIU) and have something to prove."

"Typical BYU," UCF coach George O'Leary said. " … They're a big, physical team on defense. They're big inside. They've got a lot of experience behind it. And … a typical offensive line that BYU's had in the past."

Iliana Limon, Orlando Sentinel

.Fast facts

Up next

UCF: at BYU, 8 Friday, ESPN

FSU: at Clemson, 3:30 Saturday, ESPN

Miami: vs. Kansas State,

3:30 Saturday, ESPNU

Florida: at Kentucky,

7 Saturday, ESPN

USF: vs. UTEP, 7 Saturday

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