Receiver Carter snubs Bulls for Gators

By Times wire
Published August 9, 2005

GAINESVILLE - Former Lakewood High standout Pat Carter is a Gator instead of a Bull.

Carter was expected to join USF when camp opened Monday after saying earlier this year he was transferring from Georgia Tech. Instead, he practiced with the Gators at wide receiver.

Coach Urban Meyer said Carter's status was uncertain. Asked if Carter will be on scholarship, Meyer replied: "I'm not sure yet."

Two years ago Carter was one of the state's top high school quarterbacks, but he played just one game at that position at Tech, rushing twice for 22 yards and missing his only pass attempt. He played defensive back for one week and was the primary punt returner. He said he would have been Tech's starting receiver in the fall.

Carter told the Times in February he was transferring to USF and is listed in the team's media guide, which says he "figures prominently in USF's future plans."

"He probably likes Florida better than South Florida," USF coach Jim Leavitt said. "I'm not concerned about our receiver position. I think we have some pretty good people. ... I want guys who want to be here."

Carter did not practice in UF's evening session, the only group with media availability.

Because he is a transfer, he must sit out the season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Carter is listed as a receiver, following in the footsteps of brother Tim , who is in his fourth year with the New York Giants.

DAY 1, PERIOD: Players say there's a distinct difference between this year's preseason camp and last year, much of it due to the attitude Meyer has instilled. "We're confident," receiver Andre Caldwell of Tampa said. "He's making practice harder than the game so when we go in the game it'll be a lot easier. We know we can be a good team. We feel it, the coaches are helping us believe that and hopefully it'll all work out."

Meyer praised several individuals, including transfer Reggie Nelson and running back Markus Manson . Although Gavin Dickey worked exclusively at receiver, Meyer said he isn't sure who the backup quarterback will be, but Dickey is in the mix. The staff is looking for a sixth, seventh and eighth receiver, a requirement of the new offense.

INJURY UPDATE: Jarvis Moss has a bone infection, requiring 4-6 weeks of antibiotics. ... Punter Eric Wilbur is expected to miss two weeks after surgery for a torn meniscus.

-ANTONYA ENGLISH, Times staff writer

USF: QBs abound

TAMPA - USF opened individual drills in its first preseason practice with an unusual sight: six quarterbacks lined up next to each other, each taking snaps under a center. Returning starter Pat Julmiste , sophomore Courtney Denson and freshman Carlton Hill saw most of the snaps, and freshman Matt Grothe saw his first action. The Bulls have so many passers that two - Indiana transfer Grant Gregory , who will sit out this season, and walk-on Anthony Severino - are wearing the same No.12 yellow jerseys.

NOT THERE YET: Three members of the recruiting class were not at practice and three others watched in street clothes, still waiting for official acceptance into USF.

Receiver Ishmeal Grant remained in Blountstown but said he expects to hear from the NCAA clearinghouse this week and is confident he'll be on campus soon. Linebacker Gene Coleman must wait until grades from his summer junior college classes are released today. And Gibbs defensive tackle Paul Uhatafe was added to the roster but also is awaiting clearinghouse approval.

Defensive back Antonio Cox , linebacker Chris Robinson and offensive lineman Chris DeArmas did not participate but are expected to join shortly.

NEW ADDITION: Fullback Dan Puckett , who graduated from Dixie Hollins in the spring, is a new walk-on. Puckett, wearing No.43, continues a pipeline from Dixie to USF that includes coach Jim Leavitt and defensive coordinator Rick Kravitz , as well as running back Andre Hall and former Bulls stars Marquel Blackwell , DeAndrew Rubin and Tchecoy Blount .

-GREG AUMAN, Times staff writer

UM: Dealing with the heat

CORAL GABLES - When the final whistle blew, many players hustled off the practice field, quickly shed their pads and jumped into waiting ice baths. Others slumped on shady benches near another wall and guzzled water.

Heat is a constant in South Florida, and a regular source of concern for the Hurricanes. Already this season, a handful of players have succumbed to weather-related problems, a reminder that prevention is especially vital.

"It's not practice that kills you. It's the sun that drains you," said Kareem Brown , a 6-foot-4, 307-pound defensive lineman and a South Florida native.

Backup quarterback Kirby Freeman - no stranger to heat and humidity, considering he's from Brownwood, Texas - was treated at a hospital Sunday after suffering from dehydration and other heat-related matters at practice. He was back Monday, doing extra sprints before practice, leading a series of end-of-practice sprints and then working out with other QBs for an additional 30 minutes.

UM has moved some practices to mornings, trying to beat the heat and thunderstorms.

UCF: Weather woes

ORLANDO - Bad weather forced the team to move its practice indoors for the second straight day. "It was a good workout," coach George O'Leary said. "There was great enthusiasm. I hope we continue to get better each day."