Notes: RB Shaw back, Giddins to start?
Quick notes from the start of Wednesday's practice -- first, true freshman running back Marcus Shaw, who has been away from the team for the past four games while focusing on his academics, was back at practice, giving the Bulls another option in the running game. Shaw hasn't practiced in a month, so hard to tell how much he'll be able to do in his first game back -- he wasn't working with the first- or second-string kickoff units during special teams drills.
And there was no sign of senior Craig Marshall (foot) or junior Patrick Hampton (ankle), which points to redshirt freshman Ryne Giddins getting his first career start Saturday at Miami. Giddins has played well in regular rotation with USF's starting ends, and is tied for sixth on the team with four tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks. Redshirt freshman Julius Forte and junior Claude Davis worked as the second-team ends Wednesday.
Of the other injured players, quarterback B.J. Daniels and center Sampson Genus were both back at practice -- Daniels was limited against Pittsburgh by a bruised quad, and while Skip Holtz has talked about having true freshman Bobby Eveld ready, expect Daniels to be in there against the Hurricanes. Backup safety JaQuez Jenkins remains out with an ankle injury, so sophomore Tyson Butler was working with the second-team defense.
More coming after we talk to Holtz in a few minutes. ...