USF DT Grissom may miss rest of season
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Cory Grissom, on crutches with a stress fracture in his left foot, may miss the rest of the season, coach Jim Leavitt said Monday night.
"It looks like it's going to be extended," Leavitt said of his absence. "We may have to have surgery on it. (It is) tough, (because) he's played a lot of football."
Grissom, who is sixth among USF defensive linemen with five tackles in five games, injured his foot against Syracuse, Leavitt said. Junior Leslie Stirrups, a junior college transfer and Hillsborough High graduate who has four tackles off the bench, is most likely to pick up Grissom's share of the snaps at defensive tackle.
"Leslie Stirrups has to really get going now," Leavitt said. "We really need him."
Grissom is the second reserve defensive linemen lost to injury in the past week, as freshman end Ryne Giddins sprained his ankle last week and isn't likely to return this season. Giddins is expected to take a medical redshirt after playing sparingly in three games.
-- Leavitt said he intends to play sophomore safety Jerrell Young, who started USF's opener but hasn't played since due to a broken arm. Young is expected to split time with senior Mistral Raymond (16 tackles) and redshirt freshman Jon Lejiste (13 tackles). Leavitt also said senior receiver Jessie Hester is looking as good as he has this fall in recovering from ankle and hamstring injuries.
-- Maikon Bonani, USF's starting kicker last season who fractured a vertebra in a fall at Busch Gardens this summer, is no longer wearing the brace he wore for more than two months after the accident. Leavitt said it's still very unlikely Bonani could return in time to play this season and is still expected to redshirt.
"I thought about that, too, could Maikon get back in there and kick," Leavitt said. "I haven't even asked him. ... He can't kick, so it doesn't matter what I want. ... I don't think that's going to happen."
-- Running back Lindsey Lamar "looked pretty good" recovering from the hip injury that kept him out of the Syracuse game, while running back Aston Samuels did not practice with a lingering abdominal injury. "Doesn't look like (Samuels) will play," Leavitt said.