USF coach Jim Leavitt wasted no time announcing his starting quarterback, saying Monday opening-week starter Pat Julmiste will do so in Saturday's Conference USA opener at TCU.
Julmiste, a sophomore, sprained his knee in the second quarter of the season-opening win against Tennessee Tech.
Senior Ronnie Banks started Saturday's 34-3 loss at South Carolina but was ineffective and replaced in the second half by Julmiste, who fared no better, completing 2 of 10 passes for 7 yards. Julmiste took all of the snaps with the No. 1 offense Monday.
Quarterbacks coach Rod Smith said both practiced well after a frustrating game Saturday in which the Bulls had only eight first downs and 191 yards of total offense.
"Today, I just told them this is the level we have to have to win," Smith said. "It was very pleasing what they did."
Starting strong safety Johnnie Jones, who was sidelined early Saturday by a neck stinger, practiced in a limited capacity, co-defensive coordinator Rick Kravitz said. He expects Jones to be ready by Saturday.
NOT A PROBLEM: During the weekly C-USA conference call, a reporter from Texas asked Leavitt about the rash of missed extra points around the nation.
"Ours haven't missed any. Of course, we haven't had a lot of touchdowns to try them," said Leavitt, whose team failed to score a touchdown Saturday for only the fifth time. "I have no idea. I wish we could miss a few."
_ GREG AUMAN, Times staff writer
Receiver impresses coach again
GAINESVILLE _ Perhaps lost amid the controversy of Florida's two-point loss to Tennessee on Saturday was the play of sophomore receiver Chad Jackson.
The touted signee from Hoover, Ala., who caught a 39-yard pass against Eastern Michigan, caught an 81-yard touchdown from Chris Leak that gave the Gators its last lead.
"I thought it was a great play," coach Ron Zook said. "That's two weeks in a row. I said it last week. Here is a guy that is getting better and better, and his confidence is going up more and more. He played great on special teams again."
Earlier in the game, it appeared Jackson cost Florida a touchdown. With Andre Caldwell in the corner of the end zone and the ball on its way, Jackson dived to catch what he believed was a pass thrown to him. He got a hand on the pass but didn't catch it. Neither did Caldwell.
But Zook had a positive spin on the play.
"He saw the pressure on Chris and that he was moving to get away from the pressure," Zook said. "He did exactly what he is supposed to do."
GAME TIME: The Oct. 2 game against Arkansas will start at noon and be broadcast on Ch. 10, the SEC announced.
INJURY REPORT: Fullback Billy Latsko injured two fingers against Tennessee, but Zook said they are not broken. Defensive tackle Marcus Thomas played throughout but has experienced back soreness since. Linebacker Todd McCullough's ankle injury is 98 percent, Zook said, despite playing sparingly Saturday.
_ BRIAN SHAFFER, Times correspondent
Veteran lineman expected to start
TALLAHASSEE _ With half a game behind him, center David Castillo expects to return to the tarting lineup against Clemson on Saturday.
He missed the season-opening loss to Miami with a pectoral injury and backed up sophomore John Frady on Saturday.
"That was the plan," Castillo said. "They told me last week they wanted to get me in the game and give me some reps, just to get game-ready for Clemson, (which) is a big game."
Castillo played the second and third quarters without complications. Coach Bobby Bowden said the junior likely would start Saturday because of his big-game experience.
NO INJURIES: The Seminoles emerged from Saturday's win with welcome news: No one got hurt. Bowden said everyone who played Saturday practiced Monday.
BACKSTAGE PASS: ESPN is in Tallahassee all week filming the next segment of The Season, a behind-the-scenes look at a team.
A crew attended Monday's booster luncheon, will attend a team meeting, follow a player as he receives treatment for an injury, go to class with a player, perhaps injured offensive lineman Matt Meinrod (East Lake High) and probably film Friday's dedication of the statue of Bowden.
The show, a weekly series, airs at 1 a.m. Oct. 1, so set your VCRs.
TIME SET: The Oct. 2 game against North Carolina will be at noon and carried on ESPN2.
_ ZACH SPAIN, Times correspondent,
BRIAN LANDMAN, Times staff writer
Miami speeds up on preparation
CORAL GABLES _ Miami has a short work week before Thursday's game at Houston.
"We got a lot of work done (Monday)," coach Larry Coker said. "We were able to work on a lot of situational things. It has really been more a cram session for the coaches than the players making sure we get everything in."
_ TIMES WIRES