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RAIN CONTINUES TO LIMIT USF, FRUSTRATE LEAVITT

Heavy afternoon rains sent USF's football team indoors to practice in the Sun Dome for the second day in a row, limiting the Bulls' preparations for Saturday's home game against Charleston Southern.

"I think Central Florida was smart by building an indoor (practice facility)," coach Jim Leavitt said.

Leavitt has long lobbied for a dining hall tailored for student-athletes, and when asked if he'd prefer a dining hall or a practice facility - UCF's cost $4.5 million in 2005 - he said he'd rather not choose.

"How about both? Let's be really a Division I BCS school," Leavitt said.

The Bulls worked out on the upper level of the Sun Dome, Leavitt said, in an area where seating is pushed back, but coaches can't do most of what they would in a typical practice.

"You can throw the ball (in an indoor). You can't do that in there (in Sun Dome)," Leavitt said. "You can punt a ball. You can kick a ball. You can run routes. You can be on turf and actually get footing and do some plays. ... It'd be nice if we went in with the Bucs. I wonder if they run into this jam. Shoot, we could just bus (over) and they could build it where they are. ... It really hasn't affected us over the last number of years."

Leavitt said if he can't practice today, he could practice Friday, when the team normally just does a walk-through.

THIS AND THAT: Leavitt said he is "not real optimistic" about receiver/holder Evan Landi, who injured his right shoulder Saturday, playing this week. Starting CB Quenton Washington, who injured his ankle, is more likely but unsure, Leavitt said. ... USF released an additional 1,000 tickets for student and their guests for the Sept. 26 game at Florida State. The Bulls have sold nearly 12,000 tickets for the game and are asking fans to "Go Green" to counter a "whiteout" promotion from FSU.

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UF: Set for Vols' run

GAINESVILLE - Facing two dominant rushers in Tennessee's Montario Hardesty and Bryce Brown, the Gators are spending a good portion of this week's practice focusing on stopping the run.

"They run a lot," Florida LB Ryan Stamper said. "I don't think I've seen a team run as much as they do, especially the UCLA game (a 19-15 Vols loss Saturday). That's all they did was run the ball. I'm pretty much thinking they are going to come in and run the ball, try to shove it down our throats."

CROMPTON upbeat: Despite a lackluster performance that included three interceptions against UCLA, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin said QB Jonathan Crompton was in good spirits during Monday's practice and will remain the starter.

"He did a good job of bouncing back," Kiffin said. "I thought that it was a tough loss, one that the players ... it was very hard on all of them.''

INJURY UPDATE:Lawrence Marsh (ankle) practiced, but Meyer said he has more work to do if he's to play; Jelani Jenkins (ankle) did individual work; Brandon Hicks (neck) is back at full practice. Deonte Thompson (hamstring) was limited at practice.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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