TAMPA — After missing nearly a month with a hamstring injury, USF RB Marcus Shaw didn't think he would play much Thursday in his first game back against Houston.
But Shaw ran for 34 yards on 18 carries in the 35-23 loss to the Cougars. He said the biggest surprise came minutes before kickoff when offensive coordinator Walt Wells told him he would start.
"I was sitting in the locker room before the game and Coach Wells came up to me and was like 'You're starting.' I was like what?," Shaw said Tuesday. "I just took it and I ran with it and tried to do the best I could."
Kudos for Kloss: Junior Marvin Kloss said he is humbled to be one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation's best kicker. Kloss has hit a program-record 13 straight field goals and leads Division I-A with nine of 40 yards or longer. "It's definitely a privilege to be in a pool with those guys and some I know personally," Kloss said.
Medical matters: Senior QB Bobby Eveld (ankle) took snaps in practice minus a walking boot.
FSU: Station sorry
TALLAHASSEE — The radio station which fired Dan Sileo on Monday apologized to the Florida State athletic department for his comments after Saturday's FSU win over Miami. Sileo, a former Miami player who had been with WMEN-AM 640, posted on Twitter that he'd pay $1,000 for any Hurricanes player who "takes out" Seminoles RB Devonta Freeman.
Ratings bonanza: Saturday's UM game, the first top 10 matchup between the rivals since 2004, averaged 8,354,000 viewers and a 5.1 rating on ABC.
UF: Moore knows
GAINESVILLE — Florida OL Tyler Moore had no idea about the social media comments directed at him after he, and the offensive line, played so badly against Missouri, but he can guess. The Gators gave up six sacks, and Moore admitted he had his worst game this season.
"Not too many guys would look me in the face after that game," he said Tuesday. "It ain't fun. That's all I've got to say."
With more injuries to the decimated O-line, Moore, a Countryside alum, was moved from RG to LT this week and said he's feeling better about his play.
"It didn't feel too bad," he said. "Until Hump (D.J. Humphries) gets back, I'll have to do it for a few more weeks. I'll slowly get more used to it."
Serious consideration: When you're just trying to become bowl eligible, you don't take any foe lightly. Even Vanderbilt, which has lost 22 straight to UF. "They've been a better team the last couple of years than they have been in the past," LB Mike Taylor said.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
UCF: Bortles listed
ORLANDO — UCF's Blake Bortles was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien national quarterback award. He's one of two players in the state up for the annual honor, joining Florida State's Jameis Winston.