Miami Hurricanes eye game at Yankee Stadium

CORAL GABLES — Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt said he talked with Yankees officials Tuesday and Wednesday about playing a game at Yankee Stadium in 2013.

"I feel confident to say the Miami Hurricanes are going to have a presence in New York City," Hocutt said.

No date or opponent has been revealed, but it's likely it would take place in November, after baseball's playoffs. Hocutt said there are "a couple options" on the table but wants to make sure any deal is the right fit.

"There's obviously a desire on our part to get up into this market," Hocutt said. "The Yankee organization, they've expressed their interest and desire to have the game in the stadium. So I'm confident that there's interest on both sides."

Miami has 10 games set for 2013. Eight are ACC games, and it hosts Florida on Sept. 7 and visits USF on Nov. 30.

Miami played in the old Yankee Stadium in 1962, losing to Nebraska in the final Gotham Bowl.

"I think it's great for college football and the University of Miami," coach Randy Shannon said. "It's an opportunity for us to be in the Northeast, which is a big University of Miami alumni base area."

The opener: The Hurricanes know they must focus on Florida A&M tonight even though all anyone else wants to talk about is the Ohio State game on Sept. 11.

"You hear it all the time. You hear it on Twitter," QB Jacory Harris said. "No matter where you go, 'OSU this, OSU that.' "

So how hard will it be to focus on the Rattlers? Long pause.

"We don't overlook anybody," RB Damien Berry said, grinning. "We just go out and play to the best of our ability."

USF: Backup DE hurt

TAMPA — Redshirt freshman DE Ryne Giddins has not practiced since Friday due to a blister on his right foot and might miss USF's opener on Saturday.

"At this point, I don't know," coach Skip Holtz said of the Armwood High graduate. "We just have to see how it responds to antibiotics."

With Giddins out, the second-team defensive ends are juniors Claude Davis and Patrick Hampton. The starters are seniors David Bedford and Craig Marshall.

Suspension: WR Victor Marc will miss two games for an unspecified violation. The sophomore was competing for a spot on the depth chart after spending time at quarterback and safety last season.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

UF: Different defense

GAINESVILLE — Under first-year coordinator Teryl Austin, Florida DL Jaye Howard expects to get his hands on ball carriers more often.

Previously, the defensive line's role was to occupy blockers so linebackers could roam untouched.

"We had a freak back there in Brandon Spikes, and we were just holding them up for him," said Howard, who has 37 tackles in two seasons.

This year, Austin wants his linemen to shed more blocks.

"Anybody that's on the field for us, they have to be able to make plays," Austin said. "You have to do your job. And sometimes, that requires holding the gap and then getting off to make a play."

Jones moving around: The Gators have used all of their linebackers at strongside, middle and weakside to increase versatility. But A.J. Jones is the only one the coaches feel comfortable enough to play at all three, coach Urban Meyer said. Last season, Ryan Stamper played a similar role.

Still Waiting: CBs Jeremy Brown and Moses Jenkins are still battling to start opposite Janoris Jenkins. Austin said the decision will be made shortly before Saturday's opener.

Tyler Jett, Times correspondent

FSU: Watch for tricks

TALLAHASSEE — Samford ranked 84th among 118 Division I-AA teams in total offense last season at 306.7 yards per game and 81st at 19.7 points per game. But Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is making the Bulldogs sound formidable because of their proclivity to run trick plays.

"They run a lot of reverses, reverse passes, flea-flickers. (They're) constantly challenging you in your discipline," Fisher said. "They always keep you on your toes. And they keep you very sound and never let your feet dig into what you are trying to do."

Samford's primary offensive weapon is Chris Evans, its all-time leading rusher. He has surpassed 1,000 yards each of the past three seasons.

Quotable: "It's starting to dawn on me. It's really starting to sink in." — Fisher on being nervous before his first game.

Orlando Sentinel

UCF: Coach worried

ORLANDO — UCF coach George O'Leary said it will be challenging to play I-AA South Dakota on Saturday.

"I hate playing those kinds of games because I have been on the other side of it, too," he said. "What I see on South Dakota is a very good fundamentally sound football team. They run the ball well and are big up front."

Orlando Sentinel

fast facts

Openers

Miami: vs. Florida A&M,

7:30 p.m. today

Florida: vs. Miami (Ohio), noon Saturday, ESPN

Florida State: vs. Samford, noon Saturday, ESPNU

UCF: vs. South Dakota,

6 p.m. Saturday

USF: vs. Stony Brook,

7 p.m. Saturday, BHSN

Miami Hurricanes eye game at Yankee Stadium 09/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 2, 2010 12:02am]

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