Plancher out "a while," could miss season
Redshirt freshman Moise Plancher, USF's starting running back, could miss the rest of the 2006 season after injuring his right knee in the Bulls' season-opening win against McNeese State.
"He's going to be out a while," said coach Jim Leavitt, who said Plancher's injury is worse than the original indications of only a hyperextension. Asked if he could miss the season, Leavitt said "maybe."
Plancher was wearing a brace on his left knee and walking gingerly at practice Tuesday. Sophomore Ricky Ponton, the top returning rusher from last season, was suspended from Saturday's game for an unspecified violation of team rules and is expected to sit out this week's game with Florida International; Ponton wore a different numbered jersey Tuesday as part of USF's scout team.
That leaves the Bulls with four walk-ons and two true freshmen, though they had promising results from two backs Saturday. Senior Walt Smith, a walk-on who earned a scholarship two weeks ago, rushed for a team-high 70 yards and two touchdowns, and freshman Keeley Dorsey rushed for a 52-yard touchdown on the game's final play.