Teachey, Grissom, Herzhauser done for '08
Senior kickoff specialist Justin Teachey and two reserves who have played sparingly will not play again this year due to season-ending injuries.
Teachey, a former walk-on from Palmetto who has handled kickoffs throughout his four seasons at USF, hasn't played since the Syracuse game, limited by an injured quad. He's best remembered for his strong leg -- 45 touchbacks in 210 career kickoffs -- and his rugby-style punting as USF's primary punter during the 2006 season. Freshman Maikon Bonani has handled kickoffs since Teachey's injury, but has only one touchback in 11 kickoffs.
Cory Grissom, a true freshman defensive tackle who drew high praise from coaches in the preseason, overcame a lower leg injury to earn playing time against Florida International, but played only 12 snaps because of the injury. He hasn't played since, and USF coach Jim Leavitt said he will petition for a medical redshirt for Grissom, which would give him a full four years of remaining eligibility. He is the third true freshman in position to seek a medical redshirt, following quarterback B.J. Daniels and walk-on linebacker LaDre Watkins.
Walk-on guard Joe Herzhauser, who has played in six games on special teams and as part of the second-team offensive line, will not play again due to a knee injury. The Lakewood graduate, one of the oldest players on the team at 25, served two years in the Air Force before enrolling at USF.
NO EXCUSES: Offensive coordinator Greg Gregory said the offense should be as healthy Saturday against Rutgers as it's been all season, with everyone but freshman tackle Danous Estenor expected to be available to play.
"I think there's a good chance we'll have them all," Gregory said. "We haven't been that bad. We've been OK. In my opinion, injuries haven't even been a factor."
WATCH THE PASS: A big part of Rutgers' last two wins against USF was running back Ray Rice, now with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, but the Bulls are well-aware of Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel.
Teel has thrown for just two touchdown passes in his two victories against USF, but defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said the passer is coming in on a tear, with nine touchdown passes in his last two games after throwing just three in the first seven games.
"No doubt, he is hot as a firecracker," Burnham said. "He's done a great job. They don't do a whole lot of different routes. They do a lot of formations, but they run the same stuff. Every time, it's the same reads, and every once in a while, he throws it to (receiver Kenny) Britt as far as you can throw it. They've changed a bunch from what they were last year, when it was Ray Rice, Ray Rice."