Daniels still limited by ankle, but Holtz confident
USF quarterback B.J. Daniels did not take any snaps in Wednesday's practice, and Bulls coaches said they want to rest his injured ankle to put him in best shape to play in Saturday's Big East game at Temple.
"He's cleared to go, but we keep trying to pull him back a little bit," coach Skip Holtz said. "I want him to be as close to 100 percent as we can, so I'm trying to get him what he needs during the course of the day and then get him out of there. ... I'm going under the assumption that he plays."
Redshirt freshman Matt Floyd, Daniels' top backup, got most of the repetitions Wednesday -- he has only pass attempts in limited action this season.
FORTE COULD START: USF has primarily used a three-man rotation at defensive end, with Ryne Giddins and Tevin Mims starting all five games, but junior Julius Forte has worked with the first-team defense the last two days ahead of Giddins and could start Saturday.
"(He) might be. We feel like we have three defensive ends, and we've been playing them all," Holtz said.
The three ends still have only 1.5 tackles for loss each, and Giddins hasn't had any since the opening possession of the season; asked why Giddins' production is down, Holtz pointed to offenses throwing the ball quickly and utilizing maximum-protection schemes, but he's not sure why more plays haven't been made.
"That's the million-dollar question," Holtz said. "He's one of our leading sack guys (from last year) ... he's not getting very many one-on-ones. He's fighting through a whole lot more double-teams, and the quarterback's getting rid of the ball quicker. Some of it is probably a little bit of frustration, some of it has been about what we're getting."
MORE INJURIES: Defensive tackle Cory Grissom had to leave practice early Wednesday due to problems relating an eye injury Holtz said he suffered in the FSU game with some of kind of scratch. ... Linebackers Reshard Cliett (hamstring) and Tashon Whitehurst (knee) did not practice Wednesday and are "starting to get on the doubtful side" for Saturday, Holtz said. ...