Bye-week injuries: McClain joins Sims, Marshall
Any daily injury updates this week should be taken with the caveat that USF doesn't play for another 10 days, and that coach Skip Holtz has said that none of the new injuries, aside from receiver Dontavia Bogan, is likely to sideline any players from the Bulls' next game against Western Kentucky on Sept. 25.
Having established that, three starters joined Bogan in watching practice Wednesday, with tackle Jake Sims (ankle) and defensive end Craig Marshall (knee) sitting out for the second day in a row and defensive tackle Terrell McClain also watching with an as-yet-undisclosed injury. Long-snapper Mike Walsh, who watched Tuesday's practice, was back at work during Wednesday's drills.
We also had a Bogan sighting -- the receiver watched practice with a crutch under his right arm, helping keep weight off his injured right ankle, which has been in a boot since Saturday night. USF receivers coach Phil McGeoghan said Tuesday he was optimistic Bogan would be able to play against the Hilltoppers, so it's just a matter of how well he can heal over the next week and a half.
Who was filling in for the injured parties? USF had sophomore Mark Popek working in Sims' spot at right tackle in practice, with junior Patrick Hampton filling in for Marshall and sophomore Cory Grissom stepping in for McClain. If Bogan can't go next week, it looks like true freshman walk-on Stephen Bravo-Brown would be USF's No. 3 receiver, as he was lining up with the first unit, along with fellow receivers Evan Landi and Lindsey Lamar. (He'd likely only start if the Bulls opened with a three- or four-receiver set.)
Lots more to come after we talk to Holtz after practice -- it's our last access to him until the Bulls resume normal game-week preparations on Sunday night. ...