TAMPA — USF picked up its 16th oral commitment toward its 2011 recruiting class. Mike Jeune, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker from Independence Community College in Kansas, said he has accepted a scholarship to join the Bulls in January.
Jeune, who played with current Bulls LB Sam Barrington at Jacksonville's Terry Parker High, is expected to compete for the starting strongside linebacker job in 2011. He has a team-high 68 tackles for Independence, including five tackles for losses, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
SURGERY: RB Dontae Aycock, sitting out this season after transferring from Auburn, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday but is expected to be fully recovered for winter conditioning after the season.
Aycock, a Chamberlain High graduate who will be a sophomore in 2011, had surgery to alleviate pain from tendinitis in his knee. He and transfer Darrell Scott (Colorado) have been busy simulating opposing running backs on the scout team, and both should be a significant boost to the running game next fall, when the Bulls will also have sophomore Demetris Murray and freshmen Marcus Shaw and Bradley Battles.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
UM: Run game a key matchup
CORAL GABLES — Miami RB Damien Berry has rushed for at least 100 yards each of his past three games. Can he continue that streak on Saturday, facing a North Carolina defensive front that has been particularly stingy during the Tar Heels' four-game winning streak?
Berry will be the workhorse for Miami once again, trying to lighten f the burden on QB Jacory Harris, who threw four interceptions in last season's loss to UNC — three by Kendric Burney, who won't play this week because of issues related to the NCAA investigation into the program.
In another key matchup, North Carolina QB T.J. Yates has the lowest interception percentage in the country, having been picked off once in 182 attempts. Yates faces a defense that picked off five passes in last week's win over Duke.
notable: Miami is looking for its first 3-1 start in ACC play since 2005. … North Carolina ranks first in the ACC in pass efficiency, while Miami is No. 1 in the league — and No. 2 in the country — in pass efficiency defense.