Ford wearing boot, Pupello on crutches
The injury update from Monday night's practice isn't a particularly good one: Tight end Trent Pupello, injured on the second-half kickoff Saturday, was watching practice on crutches, with a boot on his injured right foot. Running back Mike Ford, who did not return Saturday after injuring his left ankle, also had a boot on his foot but was walking through drills with a slight limp.
Offensive tackle Ryan Schmidt, who injured his right knee on the touchdown called back by penalty, appears to be fine, going through drills with his linemates without any apparent limitations.
-- Freshman linebacker Quavon Taylor, suspended for a week by Jim Leavitt for missing a practice and meetings last night, remembered the Bulls practice on Monday nights and is back with the team. This should be the last of that saga, though he's still headed for a redshirt this fall.
-- Looks like freshman defensive tackle Cory Grissom is back at full-go after being limited by a high ankle sprain and missing Saturday's opener. If he stays healthy, it's reasonable to think Grissom should make his USF debut at Central Florida this week as the fifth true freshman to play this fall.
-- As we first reported two weeks ago, there's another addition to the roster in walk-on safety Jessie Bundrage, who was the starting quarterback at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa. Jim Leavitt always identifies new players as "New Guy" -- and not entirely affectionately -- as in "Hey, New Guy, don't let me see you put a helmet on the ground on the sidelines," and so on. Again, he's the third Ellsworth player to join the Bulls this fall, and is the third Palmetto High grad (with Mistral Raymond and Justin Teachey). For you video-game junkies, Bundrage is wearing a No. 28 white jersey in practice, and if I haven't mentioned it, long-snapper Mike Walsh is back at No. 68, likely to avoid the double-numbering issue with special-teamer LaDre Watkins.
-- Wow. Rutgers loses to Fresno State 24-7, making the Big East 0-4 against I-A opponents in the opening week. Expect to read a lot about the Big East struggling, though the ACC has started out as badly, so they'll share that storyline ...