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USF lands third Jesuit recruit

TAMPA — USF's 2013 football recruiting class continues to have a strong local presence, as the Bulls picked up their sixth commitment from Tampa, and third from Jesuit, when defensive end Brad Smith accepted a scholarship offer, Jesuit coach James Harrell announced Sunday.

Smith, 6 feet 4 and 228 pounds, had a team-high 13 sacks as a junior. He will join Tigers two-way linemen Cameron Ruff and Robby Garcia with the Bulls a year from now. Smith is the younger brother of UCF tackle Phil Smith, a Jesuit grad who started the past two seasons at Georgia Tech.

Smith had offers from several Division I-A programs, including Boston College, Duke and Air Force, as well as I-AA offers from Furman, Lehigh and Lafayette.

FSU: Strap it tight

TALLAHASSEE — The NCAA implemented changes this offseason that it hopes will force players to keep their helmets from flying off.

If a player's helmet comes off during a play in a nonpersonal foul, facemask situation, the player has to sit the next play.

All preseason, FSU coaches have stressed how the rule could impact a game. "That could be one of those sneaky rules that bites you more than you think it can," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "What if you make a good play on the goal line, that helmet comes off and they run right where you're at (the next play)?

UCF: A more agile line

ORLANDO — Offensive lineman Theo Goins said fans will notice a difference when the Knights take the field.

"You can see a big difference between this year's team and last year's team," Goins said. "With the offensive line, it looks like all the guys are moving around a lot better. When you look at us on film, we look like an agile line. I think it's going to make a huge impact for us."

Notre Dame Suspensions: Starting running back Cierre Wood, a 1,000-yard rusher last season, will miss the Irish's games against Navy and Purdue for violating team rules, coach Brian Kelly announced. Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III will likely be the top ball carriers in place of Wood. Kelly said junior defensive end Justin Utupo also is suspended for those games. Notre Dame already will be without quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlos Calabrese, who are suspended for the Navy game after their arrest during a party.

Boise State: Junior Joe Southwick was named the Broncos starting quarterback for the opener against Michigan State.

Soccer: UF women top Duke

Senior Erika Tymrak's goal in overtime lifted Florida (1-1-1) over No. 2-ranked Duke 3-2 at the Carolina Nike Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tymrak had tied the score in the 64th minute of regulation when her hard shot into traffic hit off a Duke player's back and went in for an own goal.

Times staff writers Greg Auman and Joey Knight contributed to this report, which used information from the Orlando Sentinel and Times wires.

. Up next

State schools

UCF: at Akron, 7 Thursday

Miami: at Boston College, 3:30 Saturday, ESPN2 or Ch. 28

UF: vs. Bowling Green, 3:30 Saturday, ESPN

FSU: vs. Murray State, 6 Saturday

USF: vs. Chattanooga, 7 Saturday

. Up next

State schools

UCF: at Akron, 7 Thursday

Miami: at Boston College, 3:30 Saturday, ESPN2 or Ch. 28

UF: vs. Bowling Green, 3:30 Saturday, ESPN

FSU: vs. Murray State, 6 Saturday

USF: vs. Chattanooga, 7 Saturday

USF lands third Jesuit recruit 08/26/12 [Last modified: Sunday, August 26, 2012 10:07pm]
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