TAMPA — On a surprisingly mild night devoid of humidity, the Bulls flirted with a clutch kick and calamity on their final two-minute drill Thursday at the Morsani Complex.
Starting at its 35 and needing a field goal to win, the offense — a mixture of first- and second-teamers — got off to a promising start with quarterback Steven Bench finding receiver Stanley Clerveaux for a first down on fourth and 3. Clerveaux, however, remained on the ground favoring his left leg and was assisted off.
Several plays later, the drive stalled, ending with projected starting kicker Emilio Nadelman getting enough leg on a 58-yard field-goal try that sailed left.
Receivers coach Ron Dugans did not know the extent of Clerveaux's injury.
Thursday's highlights from the 21/2-hour workout, staged in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads, included a blocked field goal by freshman cornerback Ronnie Hoggins; a TD run of roughly 50 yards by walk-on Tyler Pippens; and a 40- to 50-yard scoring strike from Bench to tight end Elkanah Dillon, uncovered on a post route.
In seven-on-seven work, Quinton Flowers found Plant High alumnus Austin Aikens in stride down the right sideline for a 50-yard TD.
"There's been guys taking turns making plays. We're just inconsistent right now," Dugans said of his unit. "We've got a lot of work to do but I'm excited about it because now you have multiple guys that bring something to the table and not just (former go-to receiver) Andre Davis."
USF-UCF CHANGE CONFIRMED: USF confirmed short- and long-term modifications to its fluid football schedule, including the move of this year's UCF game in Orlando to a Thanksgiving night kickoff. The game, originally scheduled for Black Friday, will start at 7:30. (ESPN).
MINNESOTA HARASSMENT: Two women who were sexually harassed by Minnesota's former athletic director Norwood Teague came forward, blaming him for details about their identities spilling out and calling his behavior toward them "frightening and wrong." Erin Dady and Ann Aronson, both high-level administrators, said in a statement that they had intended to keep their identities confidential but Teague sent an email to colleagues about when it happened, making it easy for their identities to be discovered. "We felt compelled to report Teague's behavior because it was frightening and wrong," they said in the statement. Teague blamed alcohol for his behavior. "Sexual harassment is a predatory act. Having too much to drink does not excuse it," Dady and Aronson said. "In sharing our story today, we hope to make it easier for those who experience sexual harassment to come forward."
OREGON: Quarterback Vernon Adams passed the math class he needed to graduate from Eastern Washington and join the Ducks. "Thank God," he tweeted. Adams is competing to start.
UCLA: Coach Jim Mora made what school said is a "major personal financial commitment" to a football training complex. An amount was not given. The school will break ground for the Wasserman Football Center on campus Aug. 27.
TENNIS CHANGE: The NCAA Division I men's and women's championships will change to the no-ad scoring format. When a game is tied at 40-40, the next point wins the game instead of having to win by two points.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.