TAMPA - University of South Florida reserve RB Moise Plancher and C Sampson Genus wore protective boots on their ankles during Thursday's practice. Plancher likely won't play Saturday against Elon, while Genus is probable.
Plancher, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in last year's opener, sprained his ankle earlier this week, running backs coach Carl Franks said.
'Moise has a sprained ankle, so we've been sitting him a little bit,' Franks said. 'It might be difficult for him to play, but we'll see how he feels today and Saturday. I'd say he's doubtful.'
Genus, a 6-foot-1, 310-pound freshman who backs up Nick Capogna, injured his ankle last week, offensive coordinator Greg Gregory said.
'He'll be all right,' offensive line coach Mike Simmonds said. 'He should be OK for Saturday night.'
STAYING GROUNDED: As a freshman, QB Matt Grothe garnered plenty of awards and recognition. Going into this season, the recognition and expectations are growing, but Grothe has help in keeping his ego in check.
'It makes it a lot easier when you have Coach Jim Leavitt as your coach because he'll make sure you don't get a big head just the way he talks to you,' Grothe said.
Weather Forces Noles To Practice Inside
TALLAHASSEE - Inclement weather forced Florida State to take refuge inside Thursday, where the Noles continued to prepare for the Labor Day showdown at Clemson.
The offense and defense worked individually, splitting time between Tully Gymnasium and the indoor turf room at Doak Campbell Stadium, where players and coaches went over plays and focused on what they could prepare for mentally.
'We actually got more done inside, so it worked out the best for us,' senior receiver and offensive captain De'Cody Fagg said. 'We were able to go over our mistakes and go over the correct blocking and make sure we got all our assignments down pat.'
Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews offered another view after a band of thunderstorms interrupted FSU's next-to-last practice before facing Clemson.
'We got through a little bit of kicking and got through with our tackling for about 20 minutes,' Andrews said. 'We had some things we needed to get out and work on outside. We didn't get to work at all against the offense. Hopefully we'll be able to get outside today and get some work done.'
BANGED-UP D: Three-fourths of the starting secondary - CB Tony Carter and safeties Myron Rolle and Roger Williams - has been limited in practice for nearly a week due to an assortment of injuries. Also, starting LB Geno Hayes has missed significant time the past two weeks with a neck injury.
All the injuries have forced Andrews to consider alternate lineups if the four starters aren't at full speed by Monday.
'If we had to play tomorrow, it would scare you to death, because they are just not ready to play,' Andrews said Thursday. 'But we've got a few days.'
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Meyer Says He Did His Homework On Moody
GAINESVILLE - Now that RB Emmanuel Moody is enrolled in his Florida classes, Coach Urban Meyer talked about the USC transfer for the first time after Thursday's practice.
'We're glad to have him,' Meyer said. 'He'll finish a physical and be ineligible this year and be ready to go next year.'
Before Moody committed to transferring to Florida on Monday, Meyer said he consulted Moody's former strength coaches, assistant coaches, his high school coach and other schools that recruited him.
Ultimately, Meyer came to a decision when he was able to meet Moody and make his own judgment about the player.
'You have to be real careful,' Meyer said. 'We don't normally do this. It has to be for a reason. I think he's a very high-character guy.'
Meyer said Moody will probably see some time on the scout team this year to learn the offense.
Moody has to sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Canes Won't Hold Anything Back
CORAL GABLES - Miami will not hold anything back in its season opener against Marshall on Saturday.
'You show everything to win the game,' Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon said. 'You don't hold back on anything. That is the one thing about football. If somebody tells you that they are going to hold back, they are not holding back, they are going to try to win the game and do whatever it takes to win.'
Offensive coordinator Patrick Nix echoed the same remarks.
'You go win the game, bottom line,' Nix said. 'It is a football game and you go win it. Whatever you do to win, we'll do to win, that's for sure.'
QUICK LEASH?: Nix would not comment on the quarterback situation with Kirby Freeman being named the starter and if Kyle Wright would play if Freeman struggled.
'Kirby is our quarterback and we're going to go play on Saturdays, that is all I can tell you,' Nix said.