Practice report: Miles injured ... in scooter accident

Spurrier will institute helmet policy after latest wreck

November 6, 2008 

News of the day

After another scooter accident involving one of his players, Steve Spurrier will require helmets on and off the field – at least among those on scooters.

Freshman tailback Kenny Miles is out two weeks with bruises and abrasions sustained in a recent scooter wreck, the third involving a USC player this year. Miles was not wearing a helmet.

“We’re going to start enforcing our guys to wear helmets on those scooters. We’ve got to do that. We’ve had about three or four accidents,” Spurrier said Wednesday. “Kenny Miles got scuffed up pretty good, so he’s out for a couple weeks. But he’s OK. He got his face – looked liked he slid into second base on a paved road.”

State law requires anyone under 21 to wear a helmet when driving or riding a scooter, which have become popular on college campuses because of their fuel efficiency and convenience.

Spurrier said scooter-riders caught without a helmet could be suspended for a game.

Tight end Nick Prochak (broken leg) and former player Clark Gaston (bruised knee and hip) were injured in separate accidents in a six-day span in January. Neither was wearing a helmet.

Stock rising

Strong safety Emanuel Cook is one of 13 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, presented to the defensive back that exhibits on-field performance, athletic ability and character. Cook, a junior from Riviera Beach, Fla., leads all SEC defensive backs with 72 tackles, including 55 solo stops.

Stock falling

The quarterbacks. Spurrier stayed after practice working with Stephen Garcia and Chris Smelley, who could share reps against Arkansas. “Why wouldn’t they?” Spurrier asked. “We haven’t had one play well enough to really deserve to play the entire game, yet.”

Spurrier also was not pleased with freshman Reid McCollum’s decision to add a class that forces him to miss Monday and Wednesday practices. “He needs to make a better commitment as soon as this season’s over if he wants to play around here,” Spurrier said. “Because he’s capable.”

Extra point

Quarterback Tommy Beecher, who started the season opener, and tailback Bobby Wallace, Spurrier’s first USC recruit, are among 26 seniors who will be honored Saturday before their final home game. Though Beecher and Wallace have another season of eligibility remaining, Spurrier does not expect either to return. “If you’re not playing in your fourth year, the odds are you’re not going to play much in your fifth year,” he said.

Quote of the day

“Close losses years from now, they’re nothing but a loss. If we’re going to have a big year here, we’ve got to learn how to win close games. If we win some close ones and win a championship here, I’ll have a pretty good legacy.” – Spurrier when asked about his coaching legacy.

Injury report

Offensive lineman Kevin Young, who has been out all season with a shoulder injury, has resumed practicing and could see action. Safety Mark Barnes (hernia) was out.

Scouting report

When Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was Idaho’s offensive coordinator in the early ‘90s, he visited Florida and “stole some ideas” from Spurrier’s offense.

“He’s a great football coach and certainly changed a lot of college football today with their success throwing the ball and everything they did while he was at Florida,” Petrino said.

-- Joseph Person

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