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UF's Hammond to miss opener, return unclear

GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Urban Meyer has praised WR Frankie Hammond Jr. for doing everything asked of him since returning to the team at the beginning of fall camp. But the sophomore has not earned a chance to play in games again, Meyer said Thursday.

Hammond, arrested on campus June 13 and charged with driving under the influence and liquor possession, will miss the opener against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

Hammond is paying for his tuition this semester, and Meyer said his game availability and scholarship status will be reviewed each week.

Hammond caught four passes in 11 games last season.

Alli to see limited action: Despite missing much of training camp with a groin injury, WR Stephen Alli will be used on special teams Saturday, Meyer said. Alli had offseason surgery after suffering a similar injury in 2009.

"We have to get him on the field," Meyer said. "He's a talented guy, but he's been limited so much. He's a great guy, but he just keeps getting dinged up."

Meyer not for special unis: Nike unveiled special Pro Combat uniforms Wednesday for 10 teams, including the Gators. Florida will wear a uniform with a gator-skin motif against Georgia on Oct. 30.

Meyer said he will not see the uniforms until he walks in the locker room hours before kickoff, and he does not expect to like them.

"I love Nike. I don't love the new uniforms," he said. "But I'm a team player, and I understand the value of it."

Tyler Jett, Times correspondent

FSU: Schedules done

TALLAHASSEE — FSU completed its schedules for the next two seasons. The Seminoles will host Louisiana-Monroe in 2011 and Murray State in 2012.

Those opponents replace games against Air Force, which were canceled by mutual agreement.

Louisiana-Monroe, which beat Alabama in 2007, competes in the Sun Belt Conference. Murray State is a Division I-AA team that went 3-8 in 2009. Both opponents fit the scheduling philosophy of first-year coach Jimbo Fisher, who favors a lighter non-conference schedule, with the exception of Florida.

FSU will pay Louisiana-Monroe $1.3 million and Murray State $450,000. The reason for the high cost of Louisiana-Monroe is that FSU was scrambling to find a Division I-A opponent.

NOTABLE: Fisher said the entire playbook would be in play Saturday in the opener against Samford. The Seminoles play at Oklahoma the following week. … Consistency at wide receiver has improved noticeably during the past week and a half, Fisher said.

Orlando Sentinel

USF: Giddins out

TAMPA — USF DE Ryne Giddins will miss Saturday's opener against Stony Brook with a painful blister on his right foot.

Giddins was on crutches Wednesday to keep weight off the blister. T Mark Popek will also miss the game as he recovers from a sprained knee. It's reasonable to think both could play Sept. 11 at Florida.

WRs A.J. Love and Sterling Griffin, both likely a month from returning from their injuries, were also listed as out.

USF had no players listed in other injury categories, which is to say RB Mo Plancher and LB Sam Barrington shouldn't be limited by shoulder injuries that have sidelined them in the preseason.

Stony Brook injury: Former Armwood WR Mat Brevi, a starter for Stony Brook, injured a knee in Wednesday's practice but will travel with the Seawolves to Tampa.

Brevi, whose 26 catches last season matched the most of any returning receiver, had 344 receiving yards and two touchdowns last season.

Stony Brook's top receiver graduated, and another top receiver, Donald Porter, is now a starting cornerback. The Seawolves have WR Jordan Gush, who had a team-best six touchdown catches last season.

Brevi nearly joined the Bulls out of Armwood. He worked out with USF players throughout the summer of 2006 as he tried to get admitted to the school. He wasn't admitted that fall or for spring 2007 and wound up at Division II Fort Hays State before transferring to Stony Brook, where he is a junior.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

UCF: Praise for RB

ORLANDO — UCF coach George O'Leary said starting RB Jonathan Davis has improved from last year.

"The big thing is he doesn't have a chip on his shoulder," O'Leary said. "He came in as a freshman out of high school as the defensive player of the year in Georgia, and (with) all those nice awards, you get too worried about reading your press clippings.

"I think he learned a lot last year about how you are only as good as your last play in college, or in any sport. I think Jonathan has matured."

NO OVERCONFIDENCE: Seniors Bruce Miller and Jah Reid said the Knights aren't overlooking South Dakota, their season-opening opponent Saturday.

"They are a lot of the same team that we are," said Miller, a defensive end known for his tenacity. "They have a lot of effort guys on the field."

Reid said the South Dakota defensive line is strong.

"They all work hard," he said. "On the defense, they're all assignment sound. … They go out there and do their jobs. We're going to have to bring it.

Orlando Sentinel

up next

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: at Ohio State,

3:40 p.m. Sept. 11, ESPN

UF's Hammond to miss opener, return unclear 09/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 3, 2010 1:06am]

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