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USF expects Bogan to play next game

TAMPA — USF WR Dontavia Bogan, who has an ankle injury, was not at practice Tuesday, but wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan expects the senior to be back for the next game, Sept. 25 against Western Kentucky.

"We're optimistic Bogan will be able to go," McGeoghan said. "He finished the (Florida) game. He (was injured) in that first series. … He pushed through it and played the rest of the game."

Neither McGeoghan nor coach Skip Holtz is certain when Bogan, USF's only experienced receiving option, will return to practice. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound receiver's X-rays "were good," Holtz said, but he wore a boot after Saturday's loss at Florida.

Bogan is USF's third substantial injury at receiver. Senior A.J. Love (knee) and sophomore Sterling Griffin (ankle) haven't played. Both worked out Tuesday but not in full pads. Love is far from 100 percent. Holtz said Griffin is probably "two or three weeks away" from returning.

Three other starters — OL Jake Sims (ankle), LS Michael Walsh (hamstring) of Plant High and DE Craig Marshall (knee) — were held out. Holtz said all should miss only a couple of days.

THIS AND THAT: Holtz said one reason he'd like QB B.J. Daniels to run less is to help keep him fresh in the passing game. "We probably have to turn and take the ball out of hands a little bit more." … Holtz said the players decided to wear white helmets the past two weeks. The team votes each week. "We'll wear pink bluebonnets if we're going to go out and win," Holtz said.

Kerry Klecic, Times correspondent

UF: Sophomore Nixon back after surgery

GAINESVILLE — Three weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, sophomore OL Xavier Nixon will return in time for the Gators' first SEC road game at Tennessee.

"They went in there and cleaned some stuff up," Nixon said. "I'm coming back full time this week, and it just feels great to be back finally for the team. It was just a little cartilage, the same thing I had done back in high school (ninth grade) but no more issues."

Nixon, who struggled with the injury all through preseason camp, saw limited time at tight end in the USF game.

"It felt like a sense of knocking the dust off," he said.

FRIENDS AND FOES: Saturday will be a reunion of sorts for Florida DE Justin Trattou and Tennessee QB Matt Simms. Simms, son of former NFL star Phil Simms and brother of former Tampa Bay Bucs QB Chris Simms, and Trattou grew up in the same neighborhood.

Matt Simms was the starter on Trattou's Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep high school team.

"He's going to be the enemy on Saturday," Trattou said. "I'm good friends with their family."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

FSU: Some humble pie

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State CB Greg Reid has never lacked confidence. But he and the rest of the Seminoles received a dose of humility in Saturday's 47-17 loss at Oklahoma.

The good news? Reid said the game might have been just what he needed. The sophomore, who led the nation in punt returns in 2009, struggled like he hadn't struggled during his time at FSU.

But he said he expects the experience to be beneficial.

"We lost the game, and now I feel like everybody knows their weakness," he said. "And my weakness was tackling, and my weakness was kind of lining up (correctly) a little bit."

Orlando Sentinel

UM: Goodbye, Twitter

CORAL GABLES — Miami's football players just got a direct message: No more Twitter.

The No. 17 Hurricanes have been told to stop using accounts on the popular social network, the athletic department said — and yes, the department made the announcement through its own Twitter feed.

Coach Randy Shannon was recruiting and unavailable for comment. Shannon has not become part of the Twitter craze, in which people may share information in "tweets," or messages limited to 140 characters.

More than 300,000 people sign up to Twitter every day.

"Football program has asked players to shut down Twitter accounts. Goal is to limit distractions & focus," was posted on the athletic department's account, @hurricanesports.

As for player reaction, posted on Twitter just before their accounts were banned?

• CB Brandon McGee: "who gonna write my twitter account obituary??? lol"

• CB Lee Chambers: "I apologize 2 all the fans … just find me on facebook." For now, players can keep those accounts.

Associated Press, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

UCF: QBs split time

ORLANDO — Coach George O'Leary said Monday that he met with junior QB Rob Calabrese and freshman Jeff Godfrey and told them they would split the starting quarterback snaps this week. O'Leary said he planned to name a starter for the Buffalo game by Thursday.

Orlando Sentinel

Fast facts

Up next

Florida: at Tennessee, 3:30 Saturday; TV: Ch. 10

FSU: vs. BYU, 3:30 Saturday; TV: ESPNU

UCF: at Buffalo, 7 Saturday; TV: TBA

Miami: at Pittsburgh, 7:30 Sept. 23; TV: ESPN

USF: vs. Western Kentucky, 7 Sept. 25; TV: BHSN

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