GAINESVILLE — Florida freshman S Jordan Haden has left the team after being granted a release from the program.
"He's a great kid, he comes from a really great family, and the staff obviously wishes him nothing but the best," athletics spokesman Steve McClain said.
Haden is the younger brother of former Gator CB Joe Haden, a first-round pick of the Browns.
HICKS RETURNS: LB Brandon Hicks returned to practice Monday, three days after he was taken by ambulance to a Gainesville hospital with dehydration. He was released Saturday.
"Brandon's great," LBs coach D.J. Durkin said. "He's practicing, doing a heck of a job. He's having a good camp."
Hicks' teammate Lorenzo Edwards said the incident was frightening at the time, but Hicks looked good at Monday's practice, and it served as a reminder to stay hydrated in the heat.
"It's always scary, but what you've got to do is you've got to learn from it," Edwards said. "We all have to hydrate. I'm not sure what the exact cause was. All I know is that he was down, it was a scary experience."
Also back at practice Monday was WR Chris Rainey, who missed several days after a procedure for an accelerated heartbeat. Rainey returned to practice late last week and wasn't full contact until Monday.
FSU: CB Allen leaves
FSU backup CB Dionte Allen voluntarily left the team and was granted his release to transfer, the school said.
Allen, a redshirt junior from Detroit, appeared in nine games last season and started once, against Georgia Tech. He missed four games with a broken thumb then produced perhaps his biggest play, forcing a Florida fumble that FSU recovered. He had 15 tackles and broke up three passes.
His prospects for playing time seemed to be shrinking with the arrival of junior college transfer Mike Harris and Lamarcus Joyner, the USA Today national defensive player of the year.
Injury report: RG David Spurlock and C Ryan McMahon returned to practice. Both starters had been held out for minor ailments. LT Andrew Datko is expected back soon.
Notable: Among things he likes after 11 days of practice, coach Jimbo Fisher first mentioned the secondary. … Senior Ochuko Jenije and sophomore Xavier Rhodes continue to compete for the starting job at corner. Jenije has also been working at safety.
Brian Landman, Times staff writer; Orlando Sentinel
USF: Passing a focus
VERO BEACH — USF had its final two-a-day at the Vero Beach Sports Village, working on correcting mistakes from Saturday's scrimmage.
"We focused primarily on some of the issues we have in the passing game," coach Skip Holtz said. "We're getting to the stage where we're getting past the skill work and the group work and we have to bring it all together."
The offense had some difficulties Monday night, when it worked with three centers.
LANDI AT QB: Sophomore WR Evan Landi took snaps at quarterback. Holtz and coordinator Todd Fitch plan to work him in for possible emergency use.
"He's a mature guy who has a pretty good football mind," Fitch said. "You can take him and meet with the quarterbacks, and they get so much crossover teaching in the meeting rooms with the passing game that he'd be fine going with the receiver group and working on fundamentals."
Notable: S Chris Lane had a nice interception, wrestling the ball from WR Lindsey Lamar. … Former Buc and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon was at practice. He was USF's athletic director in 2001-04.
Jon Santucci, Special to the Times
UM: Chambers to DB
CORAL GABLES — With Miami deep at running back, junior Lee Chambers switched to defensive back.
He got carries in nine games during two seasons, gaining 67 yards against Virginia last season and 60 yards against California in the 2008 Emerald Bowl. He totaled 269 yards on 60 carries.
ANDERSON GETS OKAY: DB Latwan Anderson was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. The No. 2 recruit in the 2010 class behind OT Seantrel Henderson was held up by high school transcripts.
UCF: Optimism on DL
ORLANDO — Despite losing veteran DTs Torell Troup and Travis Timmons, DL Wes Tunuufi Sauvao said fans should expect big things from the UCF defensive line.
"The expectations are the same," he said. "Everything is read our keys, do our job and the No. 1 thing we want to do is win the line of scrimmage. That's what we hold ourselves to, and that's what we keep doing."
The fifth-year senior is mentoring younger players with a boisterous personality and booming voice that instantly gets teammates' attention.