One last hurdle for UF's Rainey to play

GAINESVILLE — If RB Chris Rainey can make it through one more day, he will be on the field when Florida faces Georgia on Saturday.

"As of now, he's done everything he's supposed to do,'' coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday. "(Thursday) is the deadline I set for him and myself. So I'll just do a thorough check again of everything we're asking him to do.''

Meanwhile, K Caleb Sturgis practiced Monday, and Meyer said he expects to know more today on his status for Saturday. Sturgis has missed the past three games with a back injury.

"Right now I'd put him probable,'' Meyer said.

As for the injured running backs, Jeff Demps (sprained left foot) has practiced this week and isn't 100 percent, and Mike Gillislee (hamstring) is also still hampered. Meyer said Emmanuel Moody (thigh) is back at nearly full strength.

Offensive Issues: After watching video of every offensive snap this season, Meyer said the biggest issues during UF's three-game losing streak have been turnovers (eight), no rushes beyond 20 yards by the running backs, QB John Brantley's passer rating (101.64) and red-zone efficiency (5-for-11).

"We've addressed those as hard as we possibly can and we've still got two days," Meyer said. "There will be some changes, but hopefully the (major) changes are that we've got everybody healthy."

Times correspondent Tyler Jett contributed to this report.

UM: Line woes

CORAL GABLES — The Hurricanes' offensive line could be without starting LT Orlando Franklin (left knee), who was limping early this week and did not participate in drills.

LG Joel Figueroa (shoulder/upper arm) will miss his fourth game and could be done for the season.

True freshman Seantrel Henderson, who started the past four games at right tackle, filled in at Franklin's spot during drills, and Jermaine Johnson replaced Henderson at RT.

"He's doing a good job because he's very smart and very competitive," coach Randy Shannon said of Henderson.

Quick hits: Shannon said Miami will continue to throw more to the running backs and tight ends underneath to keep receivers from being double-covered downfield. … DT Josh Holmes aggravated his knee injury last week and is expected to miss the Virginia game.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

UCF: Apply pressure

ORLANDO — If East Carolina beats UCF, it will most likely be due to the play of Pirates dual-threat QB Dominique Davis.

First-year Pirates coach Ruffin McNeill said he sees a lot of similarities between Davis and UCF freshman QB Jeff Godfrey. "They're both great athletes who can run and throw," he said. "They're smart and they are great under pressure."

Davis has put up bigger passing numbers. He ranks second nationally in completions per game, connecting on 196 of 308 this season for 2,023 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 picks.

"It's going to be important for us put pressure on him and keep him in the pocket," UCF senior DE Bruce Miller said.

Quick hit: Coach George O'Leary stressed that the Knights must avoid the five turnovers they had vs. the Pirates in last season's 19-14 loss.

Orlando Sentinel

N.C. A&T (1-7, 1-4) at Bethune-Cookman (7-0, 4-0), 7:30, ESPNU

The Aggies won for the first time last week with QB George Hines, making his second start of the season, passing for 235 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-32 victory over Howard. B-CU has been strong all season, however, having ended South Carolina State's 21-game league winning streak.

.Up next

FSU: at N.C. State, 7:30 tonight, ESPN

Miami: at Virginia, noon Saturday, ESPN

UF: vs. Georgia, 3:30 Saturday (at Jacksonville), Ch. 10

UCF: vs. East Carolina, 3:30 Saturday, BHSN

USF: vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m. Nov. 3, ESPN2

One last hurdle for UF's Rainey to play 10/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 11:06pm]

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