Clavicle injury likely ends Lamar's senior season
TAMPA -- USF senior Lindsey Lamar, who sparked the Bulls offense this season in his electric return to running back, has likely played his final snaps as a Bull after fracturing his clavicle (collarbone) during Saturday's loss to Syracuse.
Lamar, who spent Saturday night at Tampa General Hospital, suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter and had difficulty breathing, prompting a trip to Tampa General Hospital, where he stayed until late Sunday afternoon.
"I hate it. He's really been coming along, been developing every week," said Holtz, who said Lamar underwent a nonsurgical procedure to set the clavicle at the hospital. "It'll be a blow to us offensively, with the productivity he's had in the last two weeks, rushing for (255) yards. We're definitely going to miss that production, and we're going to have to make it up."
Holtz said three other injuries to key players could impact Saturday's game at Connecticut -- senior G Danous Estenor (ankle), senior TE Evan Landi (ankle) and junior WR Derrick Hopkins (knee) are all "questionable to doubtful" for the game, though it's too early to know for sure. "I would not think we're going to have all of them," Holtz said. "I just don't know which ones are going to be back at this point."
Lamar reset his career high in rushing yards in each of the last two games, first with 110 in a loss to Louisville, then 145 on Saturday. His absence means the Bulls will utilize junior Marcus Shaw more in rotation with senior Demetris Murray; junior Bradley Battles could help, and redshirt freshman Willie Davis had his foot in a boot in practice this week due to a sprained ankle.
THIS AND THAT: Holtz said he has not made any decisions about any changes he might make to his defense, and still has not ruled out any changes to his defensive staff after the Bulls gave up a 75-yard touchdown drive in the final 1:23 to lose to Syracuse. ... Holtz was pleased to see first-time starters shine in true freshman defensive end Eric Lee (six tackles) and redshirt freshman guard Thor Jozwiak, who played "really well" as part of a young offensive line.