Both starting tackles back healthy for Nevada game
USF's running back depth remains uncertain, but the Bulls should have both starting offensive tackles back healthy for Saturday's game at Nevada after starting backups in last week's opener against Chattanooga.
Bulls coach Skip Holtz said Wednesday that left tackle Darrell Williams practiced and will be able to start against the Wolf Pack after sitting out the opener due to an ankle injury; right tackle Quinterrius Eatmon, who was rotated in off the bench Saturday after missing time with a concussion, is now fully recovered and will return to the starting lineup.
"Having both tackles back is a good feeling, knowing the experience you've got," Holtz said after Wednesday's practice.
Just four days after saying he hoped to redshirt senior running back Lindsey Lamar, Holtz said Lamar will play against Nevada as the Bulls' No. 2 running back, junior Marcus Shaw, has missed practice all week with a sprained ankle. Shaw still could play Saturday if he practices Thursday, but the Bulls are planning to have Lamar ready, regardless of Shaw's status.
"Marcus Shaw did not practice today, although he keeps getting better and better," Holtz said. "We'll see where he is tomorrow and whether or not he's going to be able to play or not. Whether he is or isn't, I feel very comfortable with (Demetris) Murray and Lamar, the things they're doing and all the practice reps they're getting right now. I think practice is an extremely important part to playing well.
USF didn't run the ball consistently in the opener, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry, but Eatmon said he feels much better than he did playing Saturday. USF had three offensive linemen making their first career starts Saturday in center Austin Reiter and the replacement tackles, Damien Edwards and Max Lang.
"I feel back to normal. I didn't feel like myself at all (Saturday)," Eatmon said. "I felt slow. Everything was moving fast. Now that we're back in practice and back in pads, I feel back to normal now."
THIS AND THAT: Defensive tackle Cory Grissom, who had seven tackles in the first half in the opener, is suffering from flu-like symptoms, but Holtz is optimistic he'll be able to play Saturday. ... Defensive tackle Luke Sager was one of three Bulls making their first career starts Saturday, joining Edwards and defensive end Tevin Mims.