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USF loses Seminole grad Erskin to injury
The receiver tears an ACL in practice.
By TIMES STAFF
Published August 12, 2007
TAMPA - Coach Jim Leavitt said he feels he lost his first player to significant injury Saturday.
Wide receiver Colby Erskin torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in morning practice when he came down wrong while making a catch.
The sophomore, who earned a scholarship after catching five passes for 73 yards in 2006, is out indefinitely.
"This is a very tough situation," Leavitt said. "He's a great kid and he earned his scholarship. He's a tough worker at receiver with his speed. We're really going to take a hit and we'll need other people to step up, but this is a tough one."
Erskin, a Seminole grad, is a former walk-on and had earned a spot as a kickoff returner.
SLOW MOVING: Offensive lineman Matt Huners, who tore the ACL in his left knee in the spring game, has no timetable for a return, but Leavitt says he's doubtful for the Sept. 1 home opener against Elon.
INJURY UPDATES: Linebacker Chris Robinson (ankle) and right tackle Walter Walker (ankle) sat out practice again but Leavitt said they'll be "okay."
Mike Camunas, Times correspondent
FSU fighting pain
TALLAHASSEE - After one week of practice, Florida State is a little nicked up.
Sophomore wideout Preston Parker practiced with a hard cast on his left wrist and hand after breaking a small bone in his hand. He isn't expected to miss any time.
Sophomore Marcus Ball, competing for the starting job at strongside linebacker, sat out most of practice with ice on his surgically repaired knee.
"It is nothing serious," Ball said, adding that it was sore. "(The coaches) just told me to chill today. ... I will be out there Monday."
FISHER UNHAPPY: As the offense jogged off after the workout, quarterback Drew Weatherford stopped to do his daily interviews.
It was interrupted by offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher barking at him to move along.
"Nobody on offense is talking (to the media) today," Fisher said. "If they don't want to practice, then they don't have anything to talk about."
Jeremy Givens, Times correspondent
UF freshman on field
GAINESVILLE - Florida freshman quarterback Cam Newton worked out for the first time after missing the first five days of practice finishing class work, but he declined to say whether he is okay academically.
He is nursing a back injury, which coach Urban Meyer said is an issue in the ongoing quarterback battle, but Newton said he's progressing.
"It's doing all right, I'm in rehab every day just trying to get it better."
Asked whether everything is okay with his grades, Newton said: "I can't answer that."
SATISFYING EFFORT: At the end of the morning workout, Meyer was almost giddy.
"That was a great practice," he said. "I mean, we stink, we're not a very good team but that was a heck of an effort, one of the best efforts I can remember."
Meyer said the staff is trying to make this the toughest camp since their arrival three years ago.
"I think a lot of guys are used to it, but I'm sure the '07 class is looking at each other like, 'What in the world was that?' " Meyer said.
INJURY UPDATE: Freshman tight end Aaron Hernandez (stinger) is expected to be okay. He did not practice but is expected to return Monday. Eric Rutledge hurt his hand, but Meyer said it wasn't serious.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
UM begins two-a-days
CORAL GABLES - Miami held its first two-a-day session under intense heat. "We got some things accomplished as far as our four-minute offense," coach Randy Shannon said after the morning session, especially praising his receivers.