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Spring college football glance

Times staff writers
Published March 14, 2004

SOUTH FLORIDA

KEY RETURNERS: QB Pat Julmiste; QB Ronnie Banks; RB Clenton Crossley; RB/WR/PR/QB Brian Fisher; WR Allynson Sheffield; WR S.J. Green; WR Joe Bain; T Derrick Sarosi; T Levi Newton; G Chris Carothers; G/C Alex Herron; DT Lee Roy Selmon Jr.; DT Craig Kobel; DE Tim Jones; DE Terrence Royal; LB Stephen Nicholas; LB Devon Davis; CB Kenny Robinson; CB D'Juan Brown; CB Bruce Gipson; S Johnnie Jones; S Javan Camon; K Santiago Gramatica; P Brandon Baker; LS Justin Daniel.

NOTABLE INJURIES: S Johnnie Jones (shot in shoulder/neck), WR Rodney Joyner (knee), OT Broward Holsey (broken leg), LB Ronnie McCullough (knee).

QUESTIONS: Quarterback is the primary concern. Banks replaced four-year starter Marquel Blackwell in 2003, but after playing well early he tailed off and rotated with Julmiste over the final few games. They will battle for the top spot. The Bulls graduated several productive receivers, and it is no longer a position of strength, especially with Fisher moving to running back. With three running backs graduated Fisher could stay there, though junior-college standout Andre Hall arrives in the summer. On defense, four longtime starters must be replaced: safeties J.R. Reed and Kevin Verpaele and linebackers Maurice Jones and Courtney Davenport. Johnnie Jones, who sustained two gunshot wounds in late December, should be ready in the fall. Redshirt freshman Mike Jenkins figures at safety or cornerback. A horde of promising, inexperienced linebackers is led by Devon Davis, sophomore Pat St. Louis and redshirt freshmen Josh Balloon and Ben Moffitt. Plus, junior-college star Carlisle Johnson arrives in the summer.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Tuesday and Wednesday (shorts and helmets), Thursday and Saturday (full pads), March 23, 24 and 26 (full pads), March 27 (scrimmage/coaches clinic), March 30, 31 and April 1 (full pads), April 3 (scrimmage), April 6-7 (full pads).

GREEN AND GOLD GAME: 1 p.m. April 10, Raymond James Stadium.

- Compiled by Pete Young.

FLORIDA

KEY RETURNERS: QB Chris Leak; RB Ciatrick Fason; RB DeShawn Wynn; WR Andre Caldwell; OL Mike Degory; OL Lance Butler; LB Channing Crowder; SS Cory Bailey; DT Kenny Parker; WR Dallas Baker; RB Jimtavis Walker; DT Marcus Thomas; DE Travis Harris; OL Mo Mitchell; P Eric Wilbur; LB Earl Everett; CB Dee Webb; OL Jonathan Colon.

NOTABLE INJURIES: Colon (back) and LB Brian Crum (foot).

QUESTIONS: Leak is the starting quarterback, but the No. 2 spot is up for grabs. Redshirt freshman Justin Midgett and sophomore Gavin Dickey are in the mix, but Dickey is playing baseball this spring. The Gators are solid at running back but need receivers to replace several departing seniors. The Gators also need to fill holes on the offensive line left by the loss of Shannon Snell and Max Starks. On defense the Gators must replace defensive ends Bobby McCray, Darrell Lee and Travis Harris, who is moving to linebacker.

WHAT'S NEW: Redshirt freshman Joe Cohen is moving from fullback to defensive end, and senior Mo Mitchell returns to guard after playing last season at defensive tackle. Junior middle linebacker Todd McCullough is recovering from shoulder surgery and will not participate in contact drills. Colon and Crum will not participate in spring drills.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, March 22, March 24, March 26, March 27, March 29, March 31, April 1, April 3, April 5, April 7, April 9.

ORANGE AND BLUE GAME: 1 p.m. April 10, Florida Field. - Compiled by Antonya English.

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