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SELVIE ATTENTION HELPS FELLOW DE

If there's anyone who benefits from USF DE George Selvie getting double- and sometimes triple-teamed, it's junior David Bedford.

Bedford made his first career start at end, on the other side of Selvie, against Western Kentucky on Saturday, recording his first career solo sack.

"I'm getting one-on-one blocks, because I know what George is getting over there. He's getting tight ends, running backs and double teams," he said. "I sometimes mess with him, saying I love it. ... It puts me alone with a tackle and if you can't be a tackle one-on-one, you don't deserve anything."

After transferring from junior college to USF in 2008, Bedford said he had trouble adjusting to then-defensive coordinator Wally Burnham's system. He saw limited playing time last season, recording four assisted tackles in seven games.

Things are different now.

"Last year I was playing confused, but now I'm out there having fun ...I love (defensive coordinator) Joe Tresey. He's what you want in a defensive coordinator,'' Bedford said. "He's your coach before he's your friend."

Bedford said Tresey is stressing run defense this week because of the success USF's first two opponents had. Wofford rushed for 177 yards in the opener, while Western Kentucky racked up 200.

Tresey said there were some problems with assignments, which resulted in big runs.

"We had some issues with guys trying to jump outside of their responsibility and do too much, and it created two gaps sometimes because people weren't where they were supposed to be," he said.

MORE BAD WEATHER: For the third consecutive day, practice was cut short because of inclement weather. .

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UF: Fumble an issue

GAINESVILLE - Gators RB Emmanuel Moody is working to regain coaches' full trust after fumbling last week.

The redshirt junior fumbled on his first carry against Troy and didn't touch the ball again.

"I don't know where he stands in his mind-set, but he knows where I stand in my mind," running backs coach Kenny Carter said. "You can't turn the ball over.

"We have things that we do to take care of that when they do humble. He knows why he fumbled, that's the No. 1 thing."

Now Moody has to fight to get back into a rotation with Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey.

"He has to get himself in a position where he earns our trust again and he will," Carter said.

DEBOSE HAS SURGERY: WR Andre Debose had successful surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon in his left thigh. Full recovery is expected to take four to six months, which would have the freshman ready for spring practice.

Coach Urban Meyer said he gave the prized recruit the speech he gives to all players dealt a serious injury.

"It's not the injury to the athlete that matters, it's the reaction to the injury," Meyer said. "We don't have a player on the team that's not been banged up or hurt. That's part of the game."

Phil Kegler, Times correspondent

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