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LSU is tough read for Gators

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 5, 2006


GAINESVILLE - With LSU's four victories coming in blowout fashion, the Gators have a problem with watching the Tigers on film.

LSU has outscored opponents 190-37, and in the first half, they have a 118-6 edge.

The Tigers defeated both UL-Lafayette and Arizona by a score of 45-3, Tulane 49-7 and Mississippi State 48-17. They lost 7-3 at Auburn.

So watching second-half film is essentially worthless for preparation, UF coach Urban Meyer said.

"You just don't watch it because a lot of times, the players are out of the game," Meyer said.

But because the Gators have been in a few blowouts themselves, Meyer has to do interesting things to keep opponents watching the film.

"We've done that before, when you're up on someone," Meyer said. Against Kentucky, "we ran a fake field goal because you just want to make sure you're showing something that someone has to work on."

ETC: Receiver Percy Harvin (left high ankle sprain) practiced a little Wednesday and should work a little more today, Meyer said. Running back DeShawn Wynn (sprained right knee) did not practice Wednesday but still may play, Meyer said.

USF: Kicking a priority

TAMPA - Kicker Mike Benzer has stayed much later in practice this week, working on his field goals of 30 yards or more with holder Anthony Severino and long snapper Ryan Bordeau. The sophomore is 1-for-7 on field goals in his short career at USF, and according to Leavitt, Benzer has to get better.

"He looked good" at the end of practice, said Leavitt, who is also the special teams coach. "He doesn't want to miss; unfortunately, he has. Having a good kicking game is important. It makes a difference. It was the difference in the Rutgers game. Even if we had blocked their 53-yarder."

Leavitt added he hasn't changed his coaching technique even through Benzer's struggles.

"I don't do anything different, I just go out there and look at (what he does), keep him working hard. Everyone's personality is different, and I don't want to do anything different. Mike is a good kicker, has a strong leg, but he has to get better."

Linebacker good to go: Connecticut linebacker Donta Moore, who broke his right arm against Navy, is listed as the strongside starter for Saturday's game. Leavitt said he was not surprised Moore would play because it's a crucial conference game.

UM: James improving

CORAL GABLES - Javarris James, Miami's new starting running back, left Saturday's victory over Houston in the fourth quarter with deep bruises in both thighs, so painful that he could barely hobble around his dorm room hours after the game.

But three days of treatment helped relieve most of the problem, and he fully expects to be 100 percent ready for Saturday's ACC game against visiting North Carolina.

Winning is a good cure-all, he said.

"There's been a lot of attention about losing and a lot of downgrading us," said James, who rushed for 148 yards against Houston, with no carries for negative yards. "It's finally good to get some positive attention and show that this team really puts in the hard work and that it pays off. ... I think we're going to be ready from here on out."