Receiver Erskin sidelined with torn ACL
Receiver Colby Erskin, expected to be a major contributor on offense and returns, will likely miss the 2007 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice Saturday, correspondent Mike Camunas reports.
Erskin, a former walk-on who will go on scholarship this fall, twisted his knee in practice as he came down from making a catch. Coach Jim Leavitt would only say that he was out indefinitely, but the timetable for a healthy recovery following surgery to repair a torn ACL is typically at least five months, and USF's regular season ends in less than four months. He'll be eligible for a medical redshirt, and if granted that, would still have three years of eligibility with the Bulls. Erskin, a Seminole graduate, was timed with the team's fastest time in the 40-yard dash during spring drills.
It's the third significant injury in the first week of practice for USF. Two projected starters, linebacker Chris Robinson and tackle Walter Walker, injured their ankles Thursday and wore boots as they watched practice Saturday. Leavitt said Friday that both players are day to day.