Injury updates on USF receivers Love, Griffin
NEWPORT, R.I. -- No, there isn't a verb in the headline. It was just easier that way.
USF coach Skip Holtz gave an update on the progress of injured starting receivers A.J. Love (knee) and Sterling Griffin (ankle), who will miss the start of the season recovering from significant offseason injuries.
Football teams are allowed to have 105 players in meetings and practicing until school starts -- USF's roster expands to 115 players on Aug. 23 -- and Holtz is making full use of his 105, with Love and Griffin not part of that group (and thus unable to attend team meetings while in Vero Beach with the team) so that two other players can make full use of the spots.
"The earliest is probably going to be four or five games in, a best-case scenario," Holtz said. "We'll know more as we get through camp."
USF's conference season starts with the fifth game of the year, at home against Syracuse on Oct. 9. Love's recovery from ACL surgery should have a more predictable timetable than Griffin, who dislocated his ankle and fractured the bottom of his fibula.
"It's pretty cut and dry with A.J., very regimented with where they need to be," he said. "For Sterling, once that bone heals, then when it can be weight-bearing on the bone, we'll learn more about the ligaments at that time. Right now, there's a lot more unknown about his recovery time."
Love and Griffin can begin attending meetings on Aug. 23 when the rosters expand, and Holtz said there are no other players missing camp due to injuries. It's unknown what that means for two seniors recovering from major injuries in receiver Jason Sherman (Achilles tendon) and running back Aston Samuels (ankle).
Holtz will talk to reporters Wednesday to discuss offseason transactions to his team -- he hasn't yet confirmed any summer arrivals or departures. While it could be an oversight, two more signees -- receiver Jamaal Montague and running back Mike Hayes -- were not listed on the roster page of USF's media guide distributed in Newport on Tuesday. Their bios are listed later in the guide.
"We've got some scholarship players that won't be coming back, we've got some signees that aren't going to be coming in, and we've got some new walk-ons that will be coming in," Holtz said. "There's a lot of those variables that we'll sit down and talk about and cover (Wednesday)."