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Bulls' focus: Stop UCF's Smith
USF works on stuffing an impressive running game.
By TIMES STAFF
Published October 10, 2007
TAMPA - No. 5 USF is keying on stopping the run as it prepares for Saturday's home game against Central Florida.
Knights running back Kevin Smith has rushed for 860 yards in five games. His total trails only Michigan's Mike Hart, who has played one more game.
Smith's lowest total this season was 124 yards against Memphis and the junior has not been held out of the end zone.
"He's a real good running back," defensive end George Selvie said. "We take it as a challenge to face the nation's leading rusher. If we shut him down that's a lot of recognition for our defense."
The focus in practice has been UCF's blocking schemes.
"You don't have a great rusher if you don't have an offensive line," defensive line coach Dan McCarney said.
ANOTHER SELLOUT: The game has officially sold out, the Bulls' second straight at Raymond James Stadium.
Brendan Galella, Times correspondent
FSU: QB misses practice
TALLAHASSEE - Starting quarterback Xavier Lee missed practice while he took care of classwork issues, according to associate sports information director Elliott Finebloom.
Lee is expected to start at Wake Forest on Thursday night.
Ready for misdirection: The Demon Deacons offense is based on misdirection, neutralizing speed and taking advantage of overpursuit.
"We have to play assignment football because they do a lot of reverses and misdirection," defensive end Everette Brown said. "If you don't do it for 60 minutes they can bust a big one. They will keep running their offense until it breaks one. It will be a big game for us assignment wise."
"They have a lot of speed and they try to use that with reverses and speed sweeps," safety Myron Rolle said. "We just have to be disciplined, do your responsibilities, and not try to do too much."
Jamey Givens, Times correspondent
UF: Timeouts explained
GAINESVILLE - Coach Urban Meyer defended his decision to hold onto two timeouts during LSU's winning drive Saturday.
Meyer only called one timeout, leaving Florida little time for a potential comeback.
"You don't want to go into the locker room at the end of the game with your timeouts left," Meyer said. "You also don't want to be stuck in a situation where you don't have any."
A long LSU touchdown drive left the Gators down 28-24 with 1:09 left and Florida had time to get only to midfield and heave a final pass into the end zone that was incomplete.
JOINER SORRY: Safety Tony Joiner said he learned a great deal from last week's incident that led to his arrest, but one of the toughest things was realizing he had disappointed so many people who believed in him.
"It's not really (just) disappointing Coach Meyer," Joiner said. "It's disappointing my team and disappointing the Gator Nation, having a distraction going into the biggest game of the season."
Meyer stripped Joiner of his captain's status.
"That was the worst thing in the world, to be stripped of my captaincy and just knowing how hard I worked to get where I was and to lose it on a boneheaded mistake and a boneheaded decision. It was tough for me."
The Gainesville State Attorney's office did to pursue felony burglary charges against the senior after the business owner declined to press charges. He'll spend the remainder of the season trying to regain his teammates' trust.
"I'm just going to have to do what I was doing before this incident," he said. "Before this incident, I was doing quite well. I just have to get back to doing what I do all the time."
Bryan Jones, Times correspondent; Antonya English, Times staff writer