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NFL keeps an eye on USF's Jenkins
By Times staff, wires
Published October 11, 2007
TAMPA - The NFL is taking notice of No. 5 USF.
Scouts from the Giants, Redskins, Raiders and Browns attended Wednesday's practice, likely to watch cornerback Mike Jenkins.
During a chat on ESPN.com draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said Jenkins is likely a mid-first round selection and has him listed at No. 10 on his big board. Kiper lists the 22-year-old as the top defensive back in the country.
Kiper has also listed cornerback Trae Williams and linebacker Ben Moffitt, both seniors, as potential first-day selections (rounds 1-3).
TICKETS AVAILABLE: After USF's satellite campuses had an opportunity to pick up tickets for Saturday's home game against Central Florida, 1,000 student tickets will be available at the Sun Dome at 9 a.m. today. The athletic department expects a second consecutive sellout of Raymond James Stadium.
PREPARING FOR ALL OPTIONS: The Bulls' practice included preparing for quarterbacks Kyle Israel and Michael Greco. Israel opened as the starter and has played in every game but running back Kevin Smith has rushed for more yards (860) than Israel has thrown for (830).
Brendan Galella, Times correspondent
UM: Quick practice
CORAL GABLES - With rain clouds swirling, the Hurricanes rattled off a fast practice, preparing for Saturday's visit from Georgia Tech.
UM offensive coordinator Patrick Nix spent the previous five seasons at Georgia Tech, where he was offensive coordinator for three seasons.
"He's a good coach," UM coach Randy Shannon said. "He does a great job with the quarterbacks. He does a great job with the offense and communicating with the kids."
GOOD RESPONSE: Shannon said his players have responded to his challenge of starting fast. "That's a good sign, but now they have to do it on game day," Shannon said. "You can have the edge in practice, which is good. It means you understand what you need to get done as far as the tempo and sense of urgency. Now, when game time comes, have that same edge and sense of urgency."