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COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Often injured Manuel tries to come back from ankle injury at FSU; Georgia gets ready for Fan Day on Saturday

Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel is hoping to return to practice today after suffering an ankle injury on Wednesday.

Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel is hoping to return to practice today after suffering an ankle injury on Wednesday.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel is expected back at practice Friday after missing a day because of an ankle injury.

Coach Jimbo Fisher said Manuel was kept out of Thursday's scrimmage as a precaution because his right ankle swelled after the quarterback rolled it during a two-minute drill Wednesday

"If we go tomorrow he could probably go," Fisher said, adding Manuel would definitely be back for Saturday's two-a-day workouts. "If he had to play, he could play."

Manuel, however, did not attend Thursday's practice while receiving treatment for the injury.

Fisher said sophomore Clint Trickett solidified his role as the No. 2 quarterback with his performance running the first team offense during the scrimmage. Trickett is trying to hold off redshirt freshman Jacob Coker in the preseason battle as Manuel's primary backup. Trickett passed for 675 yards and seven touchdowns last season in relief of Manuel.

"Clint did some real good things, drove us early, made some plays," Fisher said. "I really liked the way the offense came out early. Did some good things on third down. That part of it was really good."

The 6-foot-2 Trickett, who has suffered from a chronic intestinal disease, added about 15 pounds during the offseason and now weighs 180.

A fifth-year senior, Manuel has battled injuries throughout his career at Florida State, although he came into camp this month in what he said was the best shape of his life. He missed the Clemson game and a half of the Wake Forest game last fall after being knocked out of the Oklahoma game in the third quarter. The Seminoles, who finished the year 9-4, lost all three.

Florida State opens its season with four straight home games, beginning Sept. 1 against Murray (Ky.) State. After a visit from another lower-division school, Savannah State, the Seminoles host Wake Forest, Sept. 15 and Clemson, Sept. 22.

Fisher said senior offensive lineman Jacob Fahrenkrug also suffered an ankle injury that will keep out of practice for several days.

GEORGIA'S BULLDOGS PRACTICE, PREP FOR FAN DAY ON SATURDAY

ATHENS — The sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs continued preseason preparations with a two-hour workout Thursday in jerseys, shoulder pads and shorts.

Afterwards, Bulldog assistant coaches met with the media and provided an update on Georgia’s preseason camp, including offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s thoughts on freshmen running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

“Todd and Keith are practicing well; I’m pleased with their progress from last week to this week,” Bobo said. “Todd had two physical runs in the last scrimmage and was the beneficiary of one long run where we caught the defense off guard. It’s good to see them blocking well too including picking up the blitz.”

Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said they are evaluating players every day — whether it’s a practice or scrimmage.

“The purpose of the scrimmage is like a preseason game — we’ve got to see what the players can do,” Grantham said. “We have to put them in position to make plays and figure out who can do it. The older guys have responded well in the scrimmages, and the younger guys have shown ability too and just need to be more consistent. We scrimmage, then watch the film and make corrections; there’s a lot of teaching. We learn what we have to improve on and then go do it.”

The annual Fan Day will be held Saturday in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium. Georgia football players will be on hand for photos and autographs from 3-5 p.m. between Gates 2 and 4. Bulldog football coach Mark Richt will also be available from 3-5 p.m. for those with ticket coupons. Also, Georgia’s other athletic teams will be on hand for Picture Day from 1-3 p.m.

Georgia will play host to Buffalo in the season opener Sept. 1 at 12:21 p.m., and the game will be televised live by the SEC Network.