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Holtz 'encouraged' for Grissom playing in '12



CLEARWATER -- USF coach Skip Holtz said he's been told the likely timetable for senior defensive tackle Cory Grissom being sidelined by a broken ankle is about three months, telling a booster gathering that he's "encouraged" about the defensive leader being able to play this fall.


"I don't know what's going to happen with Cory, but we are being told it's about a three-month process to get him back, so I'm encouraged with him as a senior that he'll have the opportunity to come back this year," Holtz said.

Grissom fractured the fibula in his right leg during a non-contact drill Monday morning and will undergo surgery Thursday. If he were unable to return this season, he would be eligible for a sixth year of eligibility in 2013, but Holtz is optimistic he'll be able to return as a key member of the Bulls defense. Grissom has started all 25 games under Holtz as a central part of the Bulls' run defense.

"He's been our anchor up front," Holtz said.

We'll have more from the "Around the Horns" dinner at Island Way Grill later tonight. ...

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:30pm]


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