'Noles CB Carter out 2-4 weeks

Published September 27, 2006

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State cornerback Tony Carter will be out two to four weeks after spraining his left knee in the Seminoles' 55-7 victory over Rice.

"It is worse than I thought it would be," Carter said. "But I am still walking so I am all right. I am just taking it day by day."

It is unlikely Carter will be ready to go when FSU plays at North Carolina State on Oct. 5.

Sophomore Michael Ray Garvin will replace Carter.

USF: A statement game

TAMPA - Just as last year's Big East opener gave USF its biggest win, a 45-14 upset of then-No. 9 Louisville, Friday night's conference opener on ESPN2 against No. 23 Rutgers gives the Bulls a national platform for a statement game.

"I feel like if we win this game, we're going to open some eyes up around America," senior tackle Thed Watson said. "We don't get a lot of respect."

Watson made his first start of the season in Saturday's loss at Kansas after missing two games with a foot injury. USF has struggled to make its running backs a regular part of the offense, but Watson said that will change Friday.

"I think we'll have our running game back this week," Watson said. "We just had to smooth some wrinkles out."

NO KNOCK: Coach Jim Leavitt wouldn't say he'll use sophomore walk-on Justin Teachey again at punter Friday, but Teachey's success with rugby-style punts against Kansas was significantly better than freshmen Ilia Petrov and Delbert Alvarado, who had botched punts result in touchdowns in the first three games.

"He could catch the ball," Leavitt said. "Are we going to keep doing that? We'll see. What was the net punt average? About 40-something? That ain't bad. Better than dropping punts. ... That's not knocking those two young guys. Those guys are going to be real good. They are real good. They've got great legs. In soccer, you're not using your hands a lot."

UF: James tries RB

GAINESVILLE - Freshman Brandon James, who has only been a return man, practiced at tailback. Coach Urban Meyer said he may play in the backfield at some point.

"He's got to take care of that ball, that's the biggest thing with him," Meyer said. "He's elusive and he's fast, so he'll be involved at the tailback position."

In other tailback news, sophomore Markus Manson, who ran for 365 yards last season, has only two carries for 3 yards this year.

"He's just got to keep improving," Meyer said. "He's trying, working his tail off. He's still young."

ETC.: Right guard Ronnie Wilson, projected to start before fracturing his ankle in fall camp, practiced in a limited role Tuesday. Meyer said he should see some action Saturday. Receiver Percy Harvin (high ankle sprain) practiced in a limited role.