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Seminoles hit by key injuries

By Times wires and staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 11, 2002

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State is worried about injuries sustained during the first scrimmage Saturday, including receiver Anquan Boldin, quarterback Adrian McPherson and defensive tackle Jeff Womble.

Boldin's initial diagnosis was a mild MCL sprain in his left knee. Boldin, who tore his ACL during the first scrimmage last year, was hurt trying to tackle Yohance Buchanan after an interception.

He will be evaluated during the next few days and wait for swelling to go down before an MRI.

Womble sprained the MCL in his left knee during a goal-line drill and will be evaluated during the next few days. McPherson sprained his left ankle after it was rolled by Alonzo Jackson.

There were some less serious injuries: defensive tackle Travis Johnson sprained his left ankle, linebacker A.J. Nicholson suffered a cervical burner, linebacker Kendyll Pope a left hip pointer, cornerback Bryant McFadden hurt his right hand, safety B.J. Ward injured his shoulder and tight end Patrick Hughes strained his calf.

-- JASON SCHNEIDER

USF receiver hurt

TAMPA -- South Florida's third day of full-squad practice and final workout before putting on the pads today was marred by an injury to receiver Bruce Gipson.

Gipson and cornerback Sidney Simpson were side by side and leaped for a long sideline pass from Ronnie Banks. Gipson's legs tangled. The right leg twisted unnaturally, and he was carted off.

"He got in such an awkward position," coach Jim Leavitt said. "We don't know what it is right now, whether it's a hip, thigh, knee, ankle, foot."

Gipson, a sophomore, had positioned himself in the spring to earn the first significant playing time of his career.

MORE INJURIES: Receiver Travis Lipp, plagued by back problems, did not practice and likely will redshirt, Leavitt said. As a freshman in 2001, Lipp had two starts and 12 catches.

-- PETE YOUNG

'Cane switches positions

CORAL GABLES -- Miami moved Jason Geathers from receiver to tailback before the first full-squad practice. With Clinton Portis leaving school early for the NFL, and Frank Gore (knee) and Jarrett Payton (back) out, Miami has only two healthy tailbacks, sophomore Willis McGahee and freshman Quadtrine Hill. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Geathers played running back in high school.

-- Times wires

Around the nation

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Steve Young was among those inducted into the Hall of Fame. As a senior at BYU, he led the nation with 3,802 passing yards, 4,246 yards of total offense and 33 touchdowns. He set 13 NCAA records during his career. Others enshrined included former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, former Sooners tight end Keith Jackson and former Michigan receiver Anthony Carter.

ARKANSAS: Athletic director Frank Broyles was recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland. Doctors said all of the cancer was removed and it hadn't spread.

AUBURN: Freshman quarterback Brandon Cox left the team for personal reasons.

COLORADO: Receiver Jeremy Bloom participated in the first day of full-squad practice. He is challenging NCAA rules that prohibit him from playing while earning money from endorsements he signed as a moguls skier.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Coach Lou Holtz had surgery to clear a blocked tear duct.

VANDERBILT: Linebacker Luke Hammond was dismissed and receiver Chris Young suspended for the season for unspecified rule violations.

-- Times wires

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