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UF geared for battle on ground

Published Sep. 27, 2005

If history is any indication, the winner of Saturday's Florida-Tennessee game will be the team that moves the ball on the ground more effectively.

In the past 10 contests between the Southeastern Conference rivals, the team with the most rushing yards has won.

"From looking at the replays from the games, whoever runs the ball better wins the game," tailback Bo Carroll said Tuesday. "We are just going to go out there and go with our game plan. We've got some new quirks in there."

INJURY UPDATE: Defensive linemen Buck Gurley (left ankle) and Derrick Chambers (right ankle) and cornerback Robert Cromartie (left ankle) are listed as probable. Listed as questionable are Robert Gillespie (right toe) and cornerback Lito Sheppard (left elbow).


DE Warren fit to go

TALLAHASSEE _ Florida State defensive end David Warren did not feel pain in his back as he participated in a two-hour practice.

The senior has been visiting a chiropractor and receiving cortisone injections to speed the healing of a bulging disc.

Warren believes he will be 100 percent when the team plays North Carolina on Saturday.

"I feel wonderful," he said. "I'd like to say that I was fine last week, but it's great to be out there practicing with the team again."

Warren's return will strengthen a defensive line that has started several freshmen because of injuries. Last season, Warren had 32 tackles and forced three fumbles.

Defensive tackle Kevin Emanuel did not practice because of a strained lower back.

KICKING INJURIES: Coaches expect to hold starting kicker Chance Gwaltney out of practice until Friday to let his groin muscle heal. The sophomore, who made one field goal and three extra points in his first career start, last weekend against Georgia Tech, is expected to be ready for Saturday. Freshman Brett Cimorelli, hampered by a pulled groin muscle, returned to practice.

MORE INJURY NEWS: Sophomore offensive tackle Brett Williams, a preseason All-America candidate who missed most of the opener and the Georgia Tech game with a sprained ankle, said he expects to play a little Saturday and be recovered for Louisville the following week.


First true test ahead

TALLAHASSEE _ According to players and coach Billy Joe, the easy part of Florida A&M's schedule ended with Saturday's 56-25 win over Morgan State. This week, FAMU travels to Jacksonville to meet South Carolina State in the Orange Blossom-Palmetto Classic.

"We were trying to get a feel for South Carolina State's scheme today," said safety John Battle, who was particularly impressed by the Bulldogs' running game. "Looking at film, I feel that this team will be the first real challenge we'll face all year. This team can jump up and knock you out and you'll stay down for the count."


Coach nervous about Zips

ORLANDO _ Central Florida coach Mike Kruczek is concerned about being Akron's opponent in its home opener. The Zips were expected to contend for the Mid-American Conference title, but they began with disappointing road losses to Virginia Tech and MAC foe Central Michigan.

"Akron's a good football team, but they're not playing well right now," Kruczek said. "The bad thing about that is we've got to go into their stadium in their first home game of the year against a very angry football team. That can be very tough."


Practices please Leavitt

TAMPA _ After a disappointing loss to Kentucky on Saturday, coach Jim Leavitt said the Bulls needed to have a spectacular week of practice to be ready for James Madison.

He's getting what he wished for.

"We've had two really good days in a row," Leavitt said.

Leavitt said it is imperative that the team practice well and correct some of the mistakes it made at Kentucky.

"We're going to have to play better than we did last week to win this football game," he said. "We need to have a good practice all through the week, then come out and play a good, physical football game."

JACKSON WITH FAMILY: Senior receiver Charlie Jackson left practice early to visit his ailing grandmother in Miami. He is expected back today.