Bowden says Fagg, Hayes won't play

Compiled from Times staff, wires
Published November 1, 2006

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State wide receiver De'Cody Fagg and linebacker Geno Hayes were held out of practice Monday and Tuesday. Hayes has missed the past two games with sprained knee ligaments, and Fagg suffered a high ankle sprain in the loss to Boston College on Oct. 21.

Although they classified themselves at 70 percent and 90 percent, respectively, after Monday's practice, coach Bobby Bowden said both will be out for Saturday's game.

LITTLE COVERAGE: The punt team has given up 104 yards on five returns the past two games, so speedy starting linebacker Lawrence Timmons has been added to the unit this week.

"I've loved special teams, always," Timmons said.

Timmons leads the team in sacks (four) and tackles for loss (12).

USF: Griffin will play

TAMPA - Left guard Jake Griffin returned to practice after breaking his left foot Sept. 16 against UCF. Coach Jim Leavitt said the guard practiced in full and will be available Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Griffin had started the first three games of the season, and fellow guard Matt Huners filled in for him the past five games. Huners is expected to start Saturday.

QB SHIELDING: Quarterback Matt Grothe had to be taken out of the Oct. 22 game against Cincinnati after he suffered two lacerations to his nose. The injury, which required 10 stitches, happened when a Bearcat's shoulder pads wedged through Grothe's facemask. Grothe said he will be wearing a shield on his helmet, but he doesn't like it much.

"I'm not a real big fan of it," Grothe said. "It's not that it's real hard to see, but every time I talk, it echoes inside. But at least I know what I'm saying."

BULLS BITS: Receivers S.J. Green (knee) and Taurus Johnson (concussion), both hurt Oct. 22, practiced and will be available Saturday.

UF: Penalties pile up

GAINESVILLE - One of the biggest reasons UF's offense has been struggling is penalties, coach Urban Meyer said.

The Gators are 118th out of 119 in penalties per game with 9.25. Meyer is doing everything in his power to change the discipline, including having officials come to practice.

"That's to make sure receivers aren't holding, our offensive line is not jumping offsides or holding and we're not making nonsense penalties," Meyer said.

ETC.: Receiver Dallas Baker (left shoulder sprain) practiced without contact. Running back Brandon James (right ankle sprain) was in a boot but is probable for Vanderbilt.

UM: Offensive woes

CORAL GABLES - After losing three games and falling out of the Atlantic Coast Conference title picture, Miami coach Larry Coker is feeling plenty of heat these days.

He's not alone, either.

Much of the Hurricanes' problems this season have revolved around the offense, which managed only one touchdown in losses to Florida State, Louisville and Georgia Tech. And quarterback Kyle Wright knows he'll ultimately be judged by the Hurricanes' record, which, at 5-3 heading into Saturday's home game against Virginia Tech, he finds disappointing and frustrating.

"When you lose games, the two guys that are going to get the blame for it are myself and Coach Coker," Wright said. "And you know what? I'm a big boy. I can stand up here and take that. And I know that I'm going to go out and continually work hard and try to right the mistakes that I've made."

Times staff writer Greg Auman, correspondents D.C. Reeves and Ian Fisher and Times wires contributed to this report.


UP next

No. 7 Florida: at Vanderbilt, 12:30 Saturday, Ch. 38

Florida St.: vs. Virginia, noon Saturday, Ch. 44

Miami: vs. No. 23 Virginia Tech, 8 Saturday, Ch. 28

USF: vs. Pittsburgh, noon Saturday, Ch. 28