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Injured USF PG Collins looking into redshirt

Lingering knee problems have limited jjunior PG Anthony Collins to eight games this season.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Lingering knee problems have limited jjunior PG Anthony Collins to eight games this season.

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USF coach Stan Heath confirmed Monday junior PG Anthony Collins, whose lingering knee problems have limited him to eight games this season, is exploring the possibility of a medical redshirt.

Collins, who had an inflamed bursa sac removed over the summer, now is battling tendinitis in the same left knee and has missed the Bulls' last six games.

According to NCAA Bylaw 14.2.4, players can seek a medical redshirt if they appear in less than 30 percent of a team's games, all prior to the second half of the season. Collins would meet that criterion.

"I think where he is right now is, he's really got to talk to compliance, talk to doctors and find out what his true options are," Heath said before Monday's practice. "Obviously, I'd love to get some closure one way or the other."

One of two remaining starters from USF's 2012 NCAA Tournament team, Collins reached double figures in 10 of the Bulls' last 11 games that season, then posted the fourth-highest single-season assist total (194) as a sophomore.

Heath said he's unsure what other factors could affect Collins' redshirt eligibility. A potential snag: Collins was cleared to play after missing the season's first two games, averaging 6.9 points, 5.9 assists and 31 minutes in his eight contests.

That would seem to conflict with the NCAA's medical-redshirt guidelines, which define the injury in question as one that "results in incapacity to compete for the remainder of that playing season." The Bulls conceivably could argue Collins was sidelined permanently by the tendinitis.

"Myself, I don't think about when a guy's injured. The next guy's got to step up and play," said senior forward Victor Rudd, the other remaining starter from '12.

"If we get him back, that'll be great, but he's got to do what's best for him and if he doesn't come back he's got two more years, so that's a good thing for this program."

[Last modified: Monday, January 13, 2014 3:41pm]

    

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