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Gators DE may face one-game suspension

Compiled from Times staff, wires
Published November 15, 2006


GAINESVILLE - Florida's thin defensive line may take another hit this weekend with another suspension.

Starting defensive end Jarvis Moss refused to deny rumors he would be suspended for Saturday's game against Western Carolina. He declined comment when asked if he was suspended.

Coach Urban Meyer didn't deny the rumor and said something is going on with Moss.

"We're dealing with something right now; I'm not ready to announce that," Meyer said.

Moss has 39 tackles and 4.5 sacks this season.

The Gators already lost defensive tackle Marcus Thomas by suspension for the season.

Reserve receiver Nyan Boateng should return to practice today after settling a dispute with a female UF student. She stabbed him in the leg the weekend Thomas was kicked off the team, according to police reports.

NO WORD ON MSU: Co-defensive coordinator Charlie Strong said a report listing him as one of five finalists for the vacant Michigan State head coaching job is incorrect.

"I have not heard anything about that job," Strong said. "I've not been called. I have not been contacted."

USF: Classwork first

TAMPA - USF coach Jim Leavitt suggested that Monday's dismissal of senior tackle Thed Watson and junior receiver Jackie Chambers had to do with academic problems this semester.

"We've got certain rules you've got to follow," Leavitt said Tuesday. "You've got to go to class. Your degree has to be your priority. If that's not the case, then we're going to move forward."

With Watson gone, USF's depth chart showed sophomore Marc Dile, who has four starts at right tackle this season, as the starting left tackle. Junior Jared Carnes and sophomore Matt Huners each started at left tackle when Watson was injured in September, and Leavitt said they will also be considered.

Huners has started the past seven games at left guard. If he shifted, Dile and redshirt freshman Danny Tolley could step in at guard, as well as sophomore Jake Griffin, who has missed seven games with a broken foot.

Linebacker Brouce Mompremier, who missed Saturday's game with a shoulder injury, practiced but did not take any contact. Walkon linebacker Houston Hess, who sustained a concussion Saturday, was limited but able to practice.

WHATEVER: Quarterback Matt Grothe, asked about USF's position as a heavy underdog at No. 10 Louisville: "I don't think there's too many people that think we're going to win. I think they're like a 16.5-point favorite, which ... whatever. If we play like we know how to and not have turnovers, we'll be fine."

FSU: Good news on TE

TALLAHASSEE - With two of FSU's three tight ends hobbled with injuries, it was welcome news to coach Bobby Bowden that Charlie Graham (ankle) and Brandon Warren (hip pointer) practiced Tuesday.

"I think (Graham) will be okay," Bowden said. Warren "just worked a little bit. I've had one of those (hip pointers) before, I know how painful they are."

Warren has 23 catches for 261 yards and a touchdown.

UM: QB out for year

CORAL GABLES - A disappointing season for Miami quarterback Kyle Wright now appears over.

Wright needed surgery to repair his broken right thumb, and Hurricanes coach Larry Coker said Tuesday the two-year starter isn't expected back this season, even if Miami qualifies for a bowl game.

Kirby Freeman made his first career start in Miami's loss to Maryland.

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