Receiver Love granted sixth year for 2011
It's been widely expected, but USF coach Skip Holtz was still excited to announce Monday that senior receiver A.J. Love, who hasn't played this season due to a knee injury suffered in the spring game, has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and will be back with the Bulls in 2011.
Love is expected to be fully healthy for next fall, and will be the Bulls' most experienced receiver -- he had 26 catches for 489 yards and four touchdowns in 2009, having recovered from a previous knee injury suffered in the St. Petersburg Bowl at the end of 2008 season. The Bulls will also get a boost from the return of sophomore receiver Sterling Griffin, who redshirted this season after dislocating his ankle this summer.
USF will lose its top receiver from this season in senior Dontavia Bogan, but will have an established veteran back in rising junior Evan Landi, who has 27 catches for 366 yards and two touchdowns this season. No other receivers have so much as 150 yards this season -- there is promise in speedsters Lindsey Lamar and Terrence Mitchell, as well as seniors Faron Hornes and Joel Miller.
Newcomers this year, like sophomore T.J. Knowles, freshman walk-on Stephen Bravo-Brown and redshirting freshman Deonte Welch, will also have a chance to compete for larger roles this spring, and the Bulls will use the hybrid tight end/receiver position more, with Andreas Shields and Isaac Virgin expected to play a larger role in 2011.