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Gators seniors captain as class

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 1, 2006


GAINESVILLE - The Gators finally have captains - sort of.

Coach Urban Meyer said Thursday that the whole senior class of 20 players is making up this year's captains. It's the first time he has taken a captain-by-game approach, he said.

"We'll go game week, probably four or five each week, and I'll make that decision each week," Meyer said.

Gator snacks: Meyer said 10-12 freshmen, including receiver Percy Harvin, will probably play this week against Southern Miss. He said earlier that he would need to see how they reacted this week. "They've answered the bell," Meyer said. "I didn't see the tightness that you would expect out of a couple of these freshmen." ... The inexperienced offensive line has improved, Meyer said. "We've finished on a high note; they're making the right calls." The coach said Jason Watkins would be the first tackle in after the starters and Maurice Hurt would be the first guard in.

USF: No cupcake ahead

TAMPA - Even though USF is 16-0 since 2000 against Division I-AA teams, there's still one team coach Jim Leavitt is thinking about headed into Saturday's opener against McNeese State.

"They beat Georgia Southern last year; we never beat Georgia Southern," Leavitt said.

The Bulls had a home-and-home series with the Eagles in 1997-98, with Georgia Southern winning 24-23 and 28-23, respectively. McNeese State beat the Eagles 23-20 in 2005.

So Leavitt is taking the Cowboys seriously: "They're ranked as one of the best teams in I-AA. They've got a great tradition. They have their entire team back."

Bulls bits: Captains for Saturday are quarterback Pat Julmiste, linebackers Stephen Nicholas and Ben Moffitt, and right tackle Marc Dile. ... Two freshmen - Anthony Leandri, a kicker from Clearwater Central Catholic, and former Tampa Catholic offensive lineman Trevor Albergo - have joined the team as preferred walk-ons. Both started practicing this week and are expected to redshirt.

FSU: Rolle eyes start

TALLAHASSEE - One of the goals freshman safety Myron Rolle set for himself was to start in his first game at Florida State. Accomplishing that may not be far-fetched come Monday. "(Playing Miami) is a great way to start the season, a great way to start my college football career," he said. "It's a goal of mine to start, absolutely. And I want to reach all my goals. If it happens, that's great. If it doesn't happen, hey, when I'm on the field I'm making the most of my opportunities."

Rolle is battling Anthony Houllis for the starting rover spot. Houllis missed some practice last week with pain in his left knee.

Miami: Storm in past

CORAL GABLES - Tropical Storm Ernesto hardly affected practice. The attention was squarely on FSU.

"We've had some scrimmages and we've hit each other. Now it's time to play," coach Larry Coker said. "The intensity was good."

Still seats: About 1,500 tickets are available for Monday's game at the Orange Bowl. Tickets, priced at $80, are reserved and part of a pack, which also includes a ticket to the Sept. 9 game against Florida A&M. General admission season tickets are $180 each and also still available.

UPCOMING GAMES

Florida vs. Southern Miss: 6 p.m. Saturday, PPV

USF vs. McNeese State: 7 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 28

Florida State at Miami: 8 p.m. Monday, ESPN