Selvie, McClain won't start because of injuries
Starting defensive linemen George Selvie and Terrell McClain, still slowed by ankle injuries suffered in Saturday's win against FIU, won't be in the starting lineup this week at N.C. State, coach Jim Leavitt said. Having established that, both could see significant action.
Leavitt said he's optimistic both might play, and three other injured starters -- defensive tackle Aaron Harris, cornerback Tyller Roberts and safety Carlton Williams -- have shown enough progress they could start against the Wolfpack.
"(McClain and Selvie) did some things, but not a lot," Leavitt said. "We're going to take them both, but we're getting the other guys ready. Is there a chance they might play? You know, maybe. Probably a long shot. ... Selvie's not going to start no matter what. I'm not going to allow it, just because he hasn't practiced. These other guys have taken all the reps. That doesn't mean George won't play a lot of football, but we're going to start guys who have practiced and worked hard."
Leavitt said sophomore Craig Marshall will start in Selvie's place, and he hasn't decided who will start for McClain. Sophomore Sampson Genus, who missed last week's game with an ankle injury, is one option, as are untested reserves such as redshirt freshman Keith McCaskill.
"Marshall I've been very happy with," Leavitt said. "I really have been. He can play either side. He's about 6-5, 260, a big end, only a sophomore. I've been real happy with (redshirt freshman Patrick Hampton) this week."
Again, not starting might be little more than a gesture.
"Will they go in the second play? I don't know," Leavitt said.
Harris and Roberts returned to practice Tuesday, though Williams, who suffered a hip pointer in Saturday's game, "has a ways to go," Leavitt said, leaving the door open for him to make his team-high 39th career start.
-- Sophomore David Bedford, a highly touted junior college transfer who has played sparingly in the first four games, has moved from defensive end to "three-technique" defensive tackle, where he was lined up with the second team at Wednesday's practice.
-- Offensive guard Zach Hermann, still on crutches after undergoing surgery two weeks ago for a broken foot, won't be in position to make a return until USF's Oct. 18 game against Syracuse at the earliest, Leavitt said. At the time of the injury, offensive line coach Mike Simmonds had said he thought he could return for next week's game against Pittsburgh.