Bench, Shaw questionable for UConn
TAMPA -- Quarterback Steven Bench and TB Marcus Shaw, both of whom suffered right-leg injuries in Saturday's 26-20 win against Cincinnati, are questionable for this weekend's game at Connecticut, Coach Willie Taggart said.
Bench suffered an unspecified knee injury in the first quarter, while Shaw appeared to hurt his right hamstring one possession later. Neither re-entered; Shaw was holding crutches but not using them after the game.
Taggart didn't elaborate on the injuries while on the American Athletic Conference weekly coaches teleconference Monday, but hinted neither injury is long-term. When asked if either player's ailment is season-threatening, Taggart replied, "Not from what I know."
"We heal differently around here, we're not like the normal Joe around here when we get injured," Taggart added. "Those guys wanted to go back in on Saturday, but we didn't want to do that to them. We'll see how it goes and see how they go this week."
In relief of the pair, senior Bobby Eveld and junior Michael Pierre totaled 122 passing and 61 rushing yards, respectively. When asked Monday if Eveld will be the starter at UConn, Taggart said, "Could be, not sure yet."
KLOSS HONORED: Redshirt junior PK Marvin Kloss, perfect on four field-goal tries (including a career-best 52-yarder) against Cincinnati, was named American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. Kloss also had touchbacks on five of his six kickoffs.
S Mark Joyce, who became the first Bull to record two interceptions in a game in four years, made the American's weekly honor roll.