USF likely to lean on freshmen DBs again

USF freshman safety Nate Godwin returns an interception in the fourth quarter Friday.

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USF freshman safety Nate Godwin returns an interception in the fourth quarter Friday.

TAMPA — Coach Willie Taggart said Monday that senior DBs Mark Joyce and JaQuez Jenkins remain indefinitely suspended, leaving their status for Saturday's season finale at Rutgers in question.

Both missed the Bulls' 23-20 loss Friday at UCF due to an undisclosed violation of team rules, but the revamped, freshman-heavy secondary mostly shined in their absence.

Rookie Hassan Childs, thrust into Joyce's safety spot, had four tackles. Classmate Nate Godwin, the other regular safety from Freedom High, had a fourth-quarter interception, and freshman CB Lamar Robbins had a second-quarter pick.

"It was great for those guys to step in there and not miss a beat," Taggart said. "We probably played by far our best defense of the season. It was good to see that out of our young guys."

One player definitely out is backup junior MLB Hans Louis, who Taggart said tore his ACL Friday night.

FRIGID FINALE: Saturday's projected low at Rutgers is 25 degrees, with a 50 percent rain chance. Friday's kickoff at UCF — 59 degrees — was USF's coldest of the year. Taggart won't hear any of it. "I have no idea what you're talking about," he said on a coaches teleconference. "We're Floridian, we talk about heat down here, baby."

FSU: All-ACC dominance

GREENSBORO, N.C. — QB Jameis Winston is among 17 players from top-ranked Florida State to make one of the all-ACC teams. Seven made the first team: Winston, RB Devonta Freeman, WR Rashad Greene, OT Cameron Erving, G Tre' Jackson, C Bryan Stork and CB Lamarcus Joyner. FSU had six second-team and four third-team selections. RB James Wilder Jr., a former Plant standout, made honorable mention.

A BIG ASSIST: Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is among five finalists for the Broyles Award, which honors the nation's top assistant coach.

Times wires

UCF: Specialist honored

ORLANDO — UCF junior WR Rannell Hall was named the AAC special teams player of the week after posting 229 all-purpose yards in a 23-20 win over USF on Friday night.

Orlando Sentinel

USF likely to lean on freshmen DBs again 12/02/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 2, 2013 9:15pm]

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