Punter Brockhaus-Kann limited by back spasms
Punter Justin Brockhaus-Kann, who has USF ranked third nationally in net punting after his first three games, has missed the last two practices with back spasms, leaving his status for Saturday's home game against Florida Atlantic uncertain.
"We're just going to turn and wait to see how he responds to treatment," said Holtz, who has had steady praise for Brockhaus-Kann since the preseason. "A lot of that's going to have to be decided in the next 48 hours. ... He could be fine, but he's struggling right now. It flared up Sunday night, and he was getting treatment Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. I didn't feel like it was a necessity for him to come out and punt in this practice."
If Brockhaus-Kann can't go, Holtz said he's considering using true freshman Chris Veron of Ocala, who was headed for a redshirt this season but would give the Bulls another strong, if unproven, leg and could also help with kickoff duties.
Holtz said he still hasn't decided whether he'll use senior Eric Schwartz or sophomore Maikon Bonani on field goals and extra points Saturday. Schwartz missed both his field goal attempts Saturday, dropping to 1-for-4 this season, but Bonani made his only attempt by bouncing it off the left upright. Bonani has been slowed by a hip injury this week, and Holtz said he could wait until as late as Friday to decide the kicking job based on performance in practice.
-- Holtz said he plans to use receiver Lindsey Lamar on kickoff returns -- Lamar had 87 yards on three returns against Florida, and the Bulls only got one deep kickoff against Western Kentucky, with Kayvon Webster only getting out to the 18-yard line. "I thought he didn't make a real wise choice on the one deep ball he caught going backwards about 3 yards deep," Holtz said. "I didn't think that was a real smart decision. We're putting Lindsey Lamar back there."
-- Senior linebacker Sabbath Joseph is one of seven current Bulls who played in the last game against Florida Atlantic in 2007, a too-close-for-comfort 35-23 victory in Boca Raton. Joseph said he's talked to other players about not taking the Owls lightly this week.
"Just like three years ago, we got their best, and I'm pretty sure we're going to get their best again Saturday," Joseph said. "There's already a whole bunch of smack-talking already. I'm getting messages on Facebook from a couple of my buddies, Tarvoris Hill and Tavious Polo and others."
Joseph and Hill played together at Miami Central and both graduated in 2006.