Gregory: Don't worry about Grothe injury
USF quarterback Matt Grothe was held out of practice for the second straight day with a hip injury, but offensive coordinator Greg Gregory said the injury isn't anything severe enough to keep the sophomore from playing in the Bulls' season opener against Division I-AA Elon in 10 days.
"If we were playing a game tomorrow, he'd be lining up and playing," said Gregory, who said Grothe could return to quarterback as early as Thursday. "I guarantee you, he'd play. It's just a precautionary thing. Any time anybody's got a little tweak of a muscle, especially when you're tired during two-a-days, you've got to be a little bit careful."
USF moved former quarterback Carlton Hill back to his old position Thursday, but coach Jim Leavitt said the shift was unrelated to Grothe's injury. Hill has already lined up at safety and receiver this fall, and Gregory said he would not see action at quarterback in Wednesday night's scrimmage.
"We're trying to find a place for him," Gregory said. "We don't know what's going to happen with him right now. We've got to find a position for him and try to develop him. We've got to get him stable at one position."
Gregory said he's confident in Grothe's top backup, junior Grant Gregory, his son, who has not thrown a pass in a game since 2003 but has been in USF's system for two years.
"I think Grant's had a very good preseason," Coach Gregory said. "I think our players are comfortable with him. He knows our offense, pretty much inside and out. He hasn't played in a game, so you don't know how he's going to play. But last year, Matt hadn't played in a game and we didn't know how Matt was going to play. ... I think we're solid at 1 and 2."
Gregory shed some light on Grothe's injury, calling it "a bruise ... he got hit right as he was throwing right there (motioning to hip). For a quarterback to get a hip pointer, it's hard to torque and throw. You don't want to pull something by throwing the wrong way."
-- Leavitt also said that true freshman receiver Dontavia Bogan has shown enough to be running with the No. 2 receivers, meaning he would likely play this season rather than redshirting. "He's making a real big move," Leavitt said.
-- Also, defensive tackle Terrell McClain, considered a top candidate to play as a true freshman entering fall drills, has lingering issues with the NCAA Clearinghouse. "They needed more paperwork," Leavitt said. "I think it's a formality." Players have a 14-day window to practice without being cleared, and that window has ended for McClain, so he'll watch practice as a spectator until he's cleared. A decision is expected sometime next week.