RB Shaw, LT Williams held out with ankle injuries
Two key members of USF's offense were held out of Monday's practice with ankle injuries, and coach Skip Holtz said it's too soon to know how long running back Marcus Shaw and tackle Darrell Williams will be sidelined.
"Just don't know, especially with Shaw, we have to see how he's going to respond," Holtz said. "Darrell probably hasn't made ... we thought he'd be back by Friday. He went out for he game and was really limited. Today, still real sore on it, so we tried to stay off it today to see how much progress we can make in another day's time. You deal with an ankle, it's not a broken bone, where you know 'Six weeks and you'll be good to go.' Dealing with ankle, you're dealing with a tendon, you don't know how fast the healing process is going to begin. There's not an exact science with that, so we have to wait and play it by ear. We don't know at this point."
Shaw, who rushed for 22 yards on four carries, injured his ankle during Saturday's opener against Chattanooga and had it iced after the game. Williams sprained his ankle in practice Tuesday last week and was held out of the game. If Shaw can't play, it could impact USF's plan to redshirt senior running back Lindsey Lamar; if Williams can't go, the Bulls could stick with Saturday's starter, senior Damien Edwards, or could move left guard Mark Popek back outside to where he started every game last season.
"We looked at a couple different options today. We'll look at them in pads this week and make some decisions on who gives us the best chance. We don't have to make that decision today. We could come in tomorrow and they say Darrell will be fine. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it."
If Popek goes back to tackle, Holtz said there are several options for left guard, including backup guards Brynjar Gudmundsson and Lawrence Martin, or Max Lang, who started at right tackle but is now listed behind Quinterrius Eatmon on the depth chart. The Bulls' starting line Saturday had three players making their first college starts in Edwards, Lang and center Austin Reiter.
THIS AND THAT: Linebacker DeDe Lattimore, who had a team-best 10 tackles, including 2.5 for losses, was named to the Big East's weekly honor roll. In all, the Bulls totaled 12 tackles for loss, for a combined 69 yards against Chattanooga. ... In all, 30 players made their USF debut Saturday, including several local walk-ons: Tyler Robb (Tampa Catholic), Spencer Cavalieri (Gaither), Mattias Ciabatti (Hillsborough), Jake Smith (Bloomingdale), Mak Djulbegovic (Carrollwood Day) and Stefan Konjanovski (Largo).