Ankle injury could mean redshirt for Giddins
For the second year in a row, USF has a prominent freshman suffering a midseason injury that could translate into a medical redshirt. Defensive end Ryne Giddins, the Parade All-American from Armwood who has played sparingly in three games, sprained his ankle in Wednesday's practice and might not play again this season, coach Jim Leavitt said.
"One guy that will probably now take a hardship is Giddins," Leavitt said. "He hurt his ankle bad today. We're going to have to get X-rays ... he did it in middle drill. I don't know if getting hurt is ever good ... he's out now. It's a high ankle sprain, so it's not going to be good."
Giddins is actually tied for second on the team with two sacks, though he's only played a handful of series in three games -- Western Kentucky, Charleston Southern and Florida State. A player is eligible for a medical redshirt if they play in three or fewer games, all in the first half of the season, and suffer an injury that sidelines them the remainder of the season.
USF had four freshmen take medical redshirts after playing briefly last season -- quarterback B.J. Daniels, defensive tackle Cory Grissom, receiver Daniel Bryant and walk-on linebacker LaDre Watkins.
UPDATES: Former USF quarterback Matt Grothe had surgery Wednesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, suffered Sept. 19 in USF's game against Charleston Southern. Grothe, who has been helping offensive coordinator Mike Canales with the quarterbacks, is expected to rejoin the team after a week of rest as he recovers from surgery. ... Leavitt said the team is battling a round of the flu during their bye week, with as many as eight players limited by illness.