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UF's Williams ill from heat

By Times staff writers, Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 18, 2002

GAINESVILLE -- Sophomore offensive tackle Bobby Williams was rushed from the field on a cart after suffering a heat-related illness during Florida's first scrimmage of the season Saturday.

GAINESVILLE -- Sophomore offensive tackle Bobby Williams was rushed from the field on a cart after suffering a heat-related illness during Florida's first scrimmage of the season Saturday.

Athletic trainer Adrian Melendez refused to comment on Williams' status, but coach Ron Zook said he suffered from dehydration.

"Bobby was hot, just like the rest of us," Zook said. "He was hot and a little bit dehydrated. They got some fluids in him and Adrian just told me he's doing much better."

Williams was admitted to Shands at the University of Florida, Gainesville, in the pediatric intensive care unit, according to Shands officials.

SCRIMMAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Linebacker Larry Kendrick intercepted a pass and returned it 90 yards before being tackled by quarterback Ingle Martin. Guss Scott and Robert Cromartie also had interceptions. Quarterback Rex Grossman was 8-for-12 for 113 yards and two touchdowns and running back Ran Carthon had three carries for 41 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Kelvin Kight had five catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. Freshman quarterback Gavin Dickey was 4-for-5, including a TD.

INJURY UPDATE: Receiver Taylor Jacobs (shoulder), safety Daryl Dixon (shoulder) and linebacker Dwright Jackson (left knee) sat out the afternoon scrimmage. Jacobs injured his shoulder Friday night, but practiced in the morning. Offensive tackle Max Starks (ankle) did play.


No injuries for FSU

TALLAHASSEE -- As Florida State enters its first week of game-focused practices coach Bobby Bowden is heartened by the lack of injuries for Saturday's season opener against Iowa State.

"I feel we're lucky that we've gotten through these two weeks of two-a-days without any major injuries," Bowden said.

While the Seminoles have had a couple of injuries this preseason, only a few players might miss Saturday's game and trainer Randy Oravetz is optimistic about the outlook.

"We haven't had the season-ending injuries like was had last year," Oravetz said. "We've got a chance to get a lot of these guys back by Iowa State."

Several players, including receivers Craphonso Thorpe, Anquan Boldin, defensive tackle Travis Johnson and quarterback Adrian McPherson returned to practice and joined their teammates in running drills.

Receiver Lorne Sam separated his shoulder and is questionable for Iowa State.


Up and down day for Bulls

TAMPA -- Freshman David Mullins got a leg up for the No. 2 quarterback job, but Huey Whittaker's leg injury put a damper on USF's first fall scrimmage.

Mullins, competing with sophomore Ronnie Banks for the backup job to Marquel Blackwell, was 9-for-17 for 135 yards and two touchdowns (both to Brian Fisher) and one interception.

"I'm not discouraged, but we do have some work to do," coach Jim Leavitt said. "There were some guys that did some awfully good things on the (first and second team), but until we look at film. ... Remember, these guys haven't scrimmaged since the spring game."

Whittaker, a 6-foot-5 junior receiver who led the Bulls with a school-record 52 receptions last season, injured his right knee while blocking.

"We're not sure, but it looks like it's going to be an injury that's going to keep him out awhile," Leavitt said. "Somebody will have to step up."

Leavitt's disappointment was punting: "We've got to get our punt team squared away. We had one that got blocked, and that's probably my biggest concern."

Bright spots included running back Clenton Crossley, who had a 32-yard run and a 10-yard touchdown; Blackwell (6-for-10, 65 yards, INT), who had a 49-yard touchdown run on a bootleg; Fisher (4 catches, 69 yards, 2 TDs); and D'Juan Brown, who made a nifty interception on the final play.

DeAndrew Rubin (hamstring), Bruce Gipson (ankle) and J.R. Reed (toe) did not play. Injuries included Terrence Royal (hamstring), DeJuan Green (shoulder) and Tavares Jurineack (abdomen).


Miami needs work

CORAL GABLES -- Coach Larry Coker said Miami has considerable room for improvement. Injuries to tailbacks Frank Gore (knee) and Jarrett Payton (back) and fullback Kyle Cobia (leg) raised concerns about the running game, but Willis McGahee is slowly putting those to rest. "He's strong, fast, tough," Coker said. "I think he's going to be an outstanding back." McGahee rushed for 105 yards at practice.


Knights kicker named

ORLANDO -- UCF conducted its final set of practices for two-a-day camp, highlighted by a full-scale scrimmage in the morning and a focus on special teams in the afternoon. Freshman Matt Prater, who edged out of Jesuit High for this season's starting nod, had three field goals.


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