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UF running backs hurting

Saturday's victory against Georgia was made possible largely because of Florida freshman quarterback Chris Leak.

However, Leak's job would have been easier if the Gators running game was more consistent.

One of the main reasons for the sluggish outing was that UF's tailbacks were banged up.

Coach Ron Zook said sophomore Ciatrick Fason injured his shoulder during the game and would not have practiced Monday if the Gators had worn pads and gone full contact.

Senior Ran Carthon has been nursing a hamstring injury since the LSU game. Though he was able to play against the Bulldogs, Carthon said he still is not 100 percent. He said he will play Saturday against Vanderbilt.

WEEKLY HONOR: The Southeastern Conference named Florida junior kicker Matt Leach the special teams player of the week. Leach converted 3 of 4 field goals, including a 33-yard winner with 33 seconds left. He is 15-for-20 on the season and ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring.

TIME ANNOUNCED: Kickoff for Florida's game against South Carolina on Nov. 15 will be 12:30 p.m. It will be shown on Jefferson Pilot Sports.

_ BRIAN SHAFFER

Reed player of the week

TAMPA _ Conference USA named South Florida senior J.R. Reed defensive player of the week.

Reed, a former Hillsborough High standout, had a school-record 19 tackles in Friday's 24-17 double overtime win against Cincinnati. The record of 18 was set by Maurice Jones against Alabama earlier this season and Anthony Henry against James Madison in 1999. None of Reed's tackles came in overtime.

Reed also intercepted a pass, extending his school record to 14.

"He's been an outstanding player for us," coach Jim Leavitt said. "He's got great character. He comes to practice and practices hard."

Reed is the first Bull named C-USA player of the week.

FULL HOUSE: All three quarterbacks played with the starters and backups during practice. Leavitt said he has no idea when he will choose a starter for Saturday's game against East Carolina. Ronnie Banks started Friday before being pulled in the second quarter. He was replaced by Brian Fisher. Freshman Pat Julmiste took over for much of the second half, throwing his first touchdown on a 36-yard pass to Elgin Hicks.

"We have an idea but we don't know," Leavitt said. "Brian is always ready to go. We're going to let Pat and Ronnie work.

"I don't know if it's a good situation. It's the card we've been dealt."

FEELING GOOD: Leavitt said no one missed practice because of injuries.

_ ROB BRANNON

ACC honors Smith

Florida State cornerback Leroy Smith was named the ACC's defensive back of the week.

He returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown and jarred a ball loose from a Notre Dame receiver that led to an interception.

_ BRIAN LANDMAN

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