Good news: WR Griffin could return Thursday
USF's passing game could get a much-needed boost Thursday, as sophomore Sterling Griffin, still the Bulls' leading receiver despite missing the last four games with an ankle injury, is expected to make his healthy return against West Virginia.
"We're expecting Sterling to go this week," receivers coach Phil McGeoghan said Monday. "He's practiced well. He's running around out there. I'm expecting Sterling to be back. He's excited about it."
Griffin injured his ankle attempting a touchdown catch in USF's loss to Cincinnati and hasn't played since. Despite that, he has team highs with 40 catches for 493 yards, with two touchdown receptions. McGeoghan said Griffin has stayed around the receivers in practice even while injured, so his transition won't be as difficult from a familiarity standpoint.
"He's a kid who's really mature, and even when he was out with the injury, he was a guy who was engaged with the group, trying to teach Andre (Davis) what to look for in coverages and how we're running routes, technique-wise," McGeoghan said. "He's been like a mentor, a big brother, a stabilizing force. He's been here three years, so he knows what to say and how to approach things."
ALL-STAR INVITE: Sixth-year senior A.J. Love has accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Battle of Florida showcase game in Boca Raton on Jan. 21, game organizers said Monday. The game will have legends Bobby Bowden and Howard Schnellenberger as its coaches and will play in FAU's new football stadium. Former Boca Ciega and Louisville receiver Josh Bellamy has also accepted an invitation as well.