Cincy routs Rutgers 47-15 in Big East opener
Wow. Cincinnati certainly got a statement win Monday afternoon, dominating Rutgers in a 47-15 win that sets the Bearcats up as a team to beat in a wide-open Big East race.
It's probably the ideal outcome for USF -- the Bulls get the Bearcats at home and face the Scarlet Knights in the same stadium they just took a 32-point loss in. Those are a pair of Thursday night games -- both after bye weeks -- that loom large on USF's schedule. Cincy is the Bulls' second Big East opponent on Oct. 15, and Rutgers is a Nov. 12 date after the home showdown with West Virginia.
There isn't another Big East game for 26 days, so Rutgers won't have much of a chance to repair its reputation after giving up 564 yards of total offense.
We'll have more shortly from USF's night practice ...-- USF's weekly release includes the grades for all the offensive linemen -- former walk-on guard Chaz Hine had the highest grade in the starting five at 96 percent, followed by Sims (88), Sampson Genus (82), Zach Hermann (81) and Jeremiah Warren (79). Jamar Bass, who was the first sub on the line in Saturday's game in relief of Warren, graded out at 85 percent. The second-team line was only in for one series, with Damien Edwards, Danous Estenor and Kevin McCaskill grading at 100 percent and Mark Popek at 33 percent.
-- Not looking good for former USF players latching on to NFL practice squads -- about 200 of the 256 spots have been announced, with no Bulls among those signed. There's still three or four teams that haven't announced theirs, so somebody could still join the list ...
-- USF released its weekly notes, including a new depth chart with a few changes. Craig Marshall and Cory Grissom, who were listed as backups last week but started on Saturday, are now listed as starters at end and tackle, and Jake Sims, who started at right tackle, is now listed ahead of Mark Popek there.
At strong safety, where Jerrell Young is out with a broken arm, the depth chart shows redshirt freshman Jon Lejiste as the starter, with "or Jerome Murphy" listed for the second line. Murphy is also listed as the starting nickel back, so if Lejiste doesn't step in and Murphy is the strong safety, Tyson Butler would likely step in at nickel.
Update: I'm told the depth chart posted does not reflect changes made when coaches met Sunday, rather adjustments based on who played Saturday.