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By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 23, 2002


FSU to be without backups

FSU to be without backups

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State will be without key backups when it plays Notre Dame on Saturday. Defensive end Eric Moore is recovering from an emergency appendectomy he had before the Miami game. Wide receiver P.K. Sam has a hamstring strain.

"Right now it's just a lot of pain," Moore said. "I can't make any quick, sudden moves. I'm not going to risk the whole season for one game. As soon as I'm well I'll be back."

In five games, Moore has 11 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 recovered fumble.

The Seminoles will make do without Sam, the third receiver with 13 catches for 162 yards.

"We've got our top four guys," coach Bobby Bowden said. "We've rarely used four receivers (at once) this season, so we should be okay."

BOULWARE MAKES THE LIST: Linebacker Michael Boulware has been named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, which honors the top collegiate linebacker.

"It's a great honor but I don't think I'm deserving of it," Boulware said. "There is another guy on the team that is more deserving, like Kendyll Pope."

Boulware has 48 tackles and an interception. Pope leads the team with 60 tackles and one interception.

Also on the list are Miami's Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams, Maryland's E.J. Henderson and Notre Dame's Courtney Watson.

FSU has two Butkus winners, Marvin Jones in 1997 and Paul McGowan in 1987.

-- JASON SCHNEIDER

UF's injuries improving

GAINESVILLE -- With the bye week, Florida now has time to heal some of its key players.

Quarterback Rex Grossman is bothered by a sprained right knee but did not receive treatment Sunday. He will have limited repetitions this week.

Free safety Todd Johnson (thigh bruise) has not participated since the LSU game on Oct. 12, when he was injured.

Defensive end Marcus Oquendo-Johnson (ankle) dressed for Saturday's game against Auburn but did not play. Coach Ron Zook said he could have played if necessary.

Safety Larry Kendrick, who hasn't played since spraining his MCL against Ohio on Sept. 14, is better, Zook said.

WEEKLY HONORS: Zook selected receiver Taylor Jacobs, Grossman, defensive end Bobby McCray and kicker Matt Leach as his players of the week after the 30-23 overtime win against Auburn.

-- JILL MARTIN

Bulls make all-star teams

Four South Florida players have been chosen for the Rotary Gridiron Classic, a postseason all-star game in Orlando, and middle linebacker Kawika Mitchell was invited to the Hula Bowl in his native Hawaii.

Mitchell, defensive end Chris Daley, defensive tackle Greg Walls and quarterback Marquel Blackwell will play in the Jan. 25 Gridiron Classic. Mitchell will be the first Bulls player to participate in the Feb. 1 Hula Bowl.

"This is a well-deserved honor for all these players," USF coach Jim Leavitt said. "I'm sure the trip to Hawaii will have special meaning for (Mitchell), with his father and brother living there."

Mitchell leads USF with 77 tackles; Blackwell surpassed 8,000 career passing yards in the 46-30 win Saturday at East Carolina; Daley, from Hernando High, has 12.5 career sacks; and Walls has 13 tackles for loss.

BACK AT IT: South Florida practiced for two hours Tuesday after taking Monday off. It was a "light" workout with no pads.

The Bulls have a bye and will play Charleston Southern on Nov. 2 at Raymond James Stadium.

MORE ACCOLADES: Mitchell is No. 76 on an espnmag.com list called The Hot 100, "a look at the 100 top impact players in I-A college football for the first half of the 2002 season."

-- PETE YOUNG

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