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'NOLES MAY TRY DUAL RETURNERS

BY COLEY HARVEY

Orlando Sentinel

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters Monday he intended to make key changes to his punt return team after recent miscues by returner Tyler Hunter.

Tuesday, his players gave a hint at what those fixes could be.

The Seminoles appear to be shaking up their punt return duties for the second time. Hunter, who had replaced Rashad Greene at the position two games ago and had a return for a touchdown, is gone.

In his place, FSU will adopt a two-man setup, various players said. Greene, who has two returns for TDs this year, comes back into the fold, bringing Kenny Shaw with him. The pair will line up on opposing sides of the field, daring a punter to kick away from them.

"With two returners, it just shows that you've got an extra blocker and you don't have some free guy open who's trying to take your head off," Shaw said.

Fisher, unaware the players had made the previous pronouncements about the two-man setup, said such a tactic was only part of practice.

"Oh I don't know (if we'll do) that," he said. "I just meant they were repping."

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UF: QB still doubtful

GAINESVILLE - Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said QB Jeff Driskel remains in a boot to protect his sprained right ankle, and Driskel's status remains doubtful for Saturday's game against Jacksonville State.

"You know, he's sore," Pease said. "He got rolled on his ankle pretty good. Just kind of how he got bent on it, where his weight was, so, but he's rehabbing. He'll be fine."

Coach Will Muschamp originally said Driskel would attempt to practice today, but Pease said: "I think it just kind of depends day to day with the training room."

If Driskel cannot play, backup Jacoby Brissett will start and Tyler Murphy will be the No.2 quarterback.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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USF: Big play focus

TAMPA - Coming off their best defensive effort against UConn, the Bulls used the off week to prepare for Miami's dynamic playmakers. Coach Skip Holtz said USF's defense will be cautious of Miami's big-play ability.

"When you try and swing for the fence, you're going to strike out," he said. "If you're trying to load the box and blitz them ... you may make a lost yardage play, but you're going to give up that big play, too."

Miami freshman RB Duke Johnson has back-to-back games with runs of more than 50 yards. USF hasn't allowed a play of more than 50 yards all season but gave up a 44-yard run and a 47-yard pass to the similarly explosive Seminoles.

AHEAD OF SCHEDULE: Senior OLs Danous Estenor and Mark Popek participated in team drills at practice Tuesday. Both had been sidelined with ankle injuries, and Holtz said he was surprised by how close they were to returning. "Both of them really looked amazingly sharp," he said.

Joe Polito, Times correspondent

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UM: Playing hurt

CORAL GABLES - Miami starting WR Allen Hurns wore a hard cast protecting the cracked bone in his thumb.

It's when the injury occurred that's most intriguing. Hurns said he hurt it blocking on the kickoff return team in the first quarter of a 41-40 loss at Virginia. He went on to throw a key block on Duke Johnson's 95-yard kickoff return and caught four passes, including two touchdowns.

"I had no idea he was hurt," QB Stephen Morris said. "He told me after the game, I think when we were getting on the plane."

Hurns, the team's third-leading receiver, said he'll do everything he can to be ready Saturday. "Yeah," he said. "I'll be out there."

Michael Casagrande, South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Up next

FSU: at Maryland, noon Saturday. TV: ESPNU

UCF: at Tulsa, noon Saturday. TV: TBA

Florida: vs. Jacksonville State, 1 Saturday. TV: Pay-per-view

USF: at Miami, 3 Saturday. TV: Sun Sports

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