Selvie, McClain in limbo; Theo Wilson out
TAMPA -- Three days before No. 10 USF takes on Pittsburgh, two starting defensive linemen remained in limbo with ankle injuries, with tackle Terrell McClain returning to practice Monday and All-American end George Selvie working in a limited capacity.
"We're getting the other guys ready," said USF coach Jim Leavitt, whose team beat N.C. State 41-10 on Saturday with both players on the sidelines. "George is going to do just limited stuff, and see how he feels, probably more (today) and see what he can do. ... McClain's doing a little bit more. ... You've got to be pretty close to 100 percent to play in these kinds of games."
Selvie did not participate in the first half-hour of practice, which is open to the media. Leavitt said he "was doing some things" in drills later in the practice. McClain worked with the second-team defensive line in sled drills, behind junior Aaron Harris and sophomore Sampson Genus. Sophomore Craig Marshall started in Selvie's place Saturday and played well, getting a sack, a forced fumble and his first interception.
WILSON OUT: Junior cornerback Theo Wilson, the Dunedin graduate who has also worked as a punt returner, will miss Thursday's game and likely the Oct. 18 game against Syracuse with a sprained left knee, Leavitt said. "It's probably more realistic about the week after as our best shot," he said.
NEW SPORT: Former walk-on linebacker Houston Hess, a special-teams standout who left the football team after the second game of the season, is trying his hand at another sport.
Hess, 6-foot-3 and 206 pounds, is working out with USF's baseball team as a right-handed pitcher. He has not yet earned a spot on the Bulls' roster, but coach Lelo Prado is interested to see what he can do. The 24-year-old Hess, who spent two years on a Mormon mission before coming to USF, had baseball scholarship offers coming out of high school in Oswego, Ill., but has not pitched since 2002. He would have two years of eligibility for baseball.