Broken finger could sideline Sims from bowl
Sophomore offensive lineman Jake Sims, USF's top reserve in case of injury, broke a finger on his right hand in practice Thursday and watched Saturday's drills with a cast on his right hand.
Sims stepped in as a starter when guard Zach Hermann missed six games with a broken foot, and projects as a starter next season, after the Bulls lose four senior starters. Despite the injury, USF coach Jim Leavitt said he thought Sims could play if needed in next week's St. Petersburg Bowl game against Memphis.
"That was disappointing," Leavitt said of the injury. "I think he'll be available."
Several Bulls seniors missed Saturday's morning practice because they were in the Sun Dome receiving their degrees during graduation ceremonies. Linebacker Tyrone McKenzie and defensive end Jarriett Buie even walked over to practice wearing their caps and gowns.
It's a busy weekend for Leavitt and his staff, as the Bulls are hosting a number of junior college recruits and potential January enrollees this weekend. USF will hold its football banquet in downtown Tampa tonight, so keep checking back tonight and Sunday for news on team awards and potential new commitments. ...