DT Grissom sidelined by ankle injury
TAMPA – USF redshirt freshman defensive tackle Cory Grissom will most likely miss Thursday’s showdown against No. 8 Cincinnati with a left ankle injury.
USF coach Jim Leavitt said Grissom injured his ankle during Saturday’s practice. Grissom could not put pressure on his ankle Sunday and left the practice field on crutches while wearing an ankle boot.
Leavitt said he’s not sure on what exactly Grissom did to his ankle and that “we’ll have to wait and see.” Grissom has played in all five of USF’s games this season, making five total tackles.
USF defensive coordinator Joe Tresey said although the loss of Grissom hurts, he’s happy with how much depth the Bulls have on the defensive line.
“We had good depth in our rotation and he was one of the guys in the rotation,” he said. “He was playing well. You hate to see any kid get injured, especially a kid that was getting better every week.”
Safety shakeup: Sophomore safety Jerrell Young returning from a broken arm suffered in the Bulls’ season opener has left Tresey with a problem — a good problem that is.
With good performances from redshirt freshman Jon Lejiste and junior Mistral Raymond, Tresey said it’s tough to figure out who will start Thursday night. Lejiste has 13 tackles and a forced fumble, while Raymond has 16 tackles and an interception.
“Jerrell is in the mix,” he said. “That’s one more body I’ve got now. I’m happy … We feel pretty good that having Jerrell gives us another body depth wise.”
Other notes: Leavitt said senior wide receiver Jessie Hester is “going full speed,” but still didn’t say if he would 100 percent play … Leavitt said that junior Eric Schwartz is still handling place-kicking duties over senior Delbert Alvarado.