Live blog: A rainy night at Ray-Jay
It's an hour before kickoff here at Raymond James Stadium, and tonight's season opener looks to be a rare thing in USF's history: a rainy football game. There's a steady rain coming down on what is already a wet field -- USF has its "U" logo at midfield and "BULLS" in each end zone here.
In what is now 12 seasons of USF football, this would be only the fifth game played in rain -- the last was last year's loss at Connecticut, and the last rain game at home was way back in 1999, when USF beat Southwest Texas State.
-- First update: Only a handful of the true freshmen are dressed. Quarterback B.J. Daniels is in uniform, while Evan Landi is in shorts, so he won't be playing. Defensive tackle Cory Grissom, working his way back from an ankle sprain, is not dressed, nor is special-teamer Lucas Darr, also nursing an ankle injury.
-- Can't know for sure until the first play, but looks like sophomore Sampson Genus will get the starting nod at nose tackle, ahead of sophomore Terrell McClain, based on how they're lining up in warmups.