Injuries have USF's depth dwindling at receiver
Here are Wednesday's practice notes from Times correspondent Joe Polito ...
TAMPA -- Injuries to Andre Davis, Derrick Hopkins and D’Vario Montgomery have forced the USF offense to add new names to its two-deep depth chart.
"David Aristil, Jordan Duval, Clinton Jones –- probably not a lot of names that the everyday Bulls fans have heard a lot of … they’re all on the depth chart right now,” coach Skip Holtz said.
Holtz said that veterans Victor Marc, Deonte Welch and Terrence Mitchell will lead the Bulls at receiver, adding that he was pleased with Davis’ return to practice after missing Tuesday with a knee.
“Andre Davis was out there today, didn’t go the entire time but did what he could do, and I thought practice gave me a lot of hope that he’ll be able to play in this football game,” he said.
READY TO STEP UP: Though he said he’s “devastated” about losing teammate Lindsey Lamar for the rest of the season, junior RB Marcus Shaw said he’s prepared for the increased workload. “I’m excited, I’m jacked — I’m ready,” he said. “I’ve been ready for a long time.”
Shaw, who has been slowly rehabbing from a week one ankle injury, made the most of his limited play against Syracuse, totaling 34 yards rushing on just four carries.
Before being sidelined with a chest injury, Lamar was averaging more than seven yards per carry as the Bulls’ leading rusher, leaving behind tough shoes to fill for the less-experienced Shaw, who has only 18 attempts on the season. Despite the challenge, both Shaw and his head coach think he’s capable, with Holtz adding that he sees a bit of Lamar in Shaw’s game.
“I think he has those type of talents,” Holtz said. “He’s exciting when the ball gets under his arm…I’m just hoping that he can stay healthy right now."