Coach optimistic Bogan can play in next game
TAMPA -- USF wide receiver Dontavia Bogan, sidelined with an ankle injury, was not at practice Tuesday, but wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan expects the senior to be back for the Bulls' next game against Western Kentucky on Sept. 25.
"We're optimistic Bogan will be able to go," McGeoghan said Tuesday. "He finished the (Florida) game. He (was injured) in that first series ... He pushed through it and played the rest of the game."
Neither McGeoghan nor coach Skip Holtz is certain when Bogan, USF's only experienced receiving option, will return to practice. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound receiver's X-rays "were good," Holtz said, but he wore a boot following Saturday's loss at Florida.
Bogan is USF's third substantial injury at wide receiver. Senior A.J. Love (knee) and sophomore Sterling Griffin (ankle) haven't returned from injuries suffered before the season. However, both participated in workouts Tuesday, wearing just helmets.
Griffin went through some drills, ran some routes and looked good, McGeoghan said, while Love is still far from being 100 percent. Holtz said Griffin is probably "two or three weeks away" from returning.
Other Bulls banged up: Three other starters -- senior tackle Jake Sims (ankle), junior long snapper Michael Walsh (hamstring), a Plant High grad, and senior defensive end Craig Marshall (knee) -- were held out of Tuesday's practice. Holtz said all should only be out a couple days.
This and That: Holtz said one of the reasons he'd like quarterback B.J. Daniels to run less is to help keep him fresh in the passing game. "We probably have to turn and take the ball out of hands a little bit more. We can't make those decisions knowing that his decisions are not selfish ones; they're competitive ones." ... Holtz said the decision to wear white helmets the last two weeks was made by the players. The team votes each week to decide what to wear. "We'll wear pink bluebonnets if we're going to go out and win," Holtz said.
-- Kerry Klecic, Times correspondent