USF offense to be shorthanded vs. UConn
TAMPA -- USF's offense will line up Saturday against Connecticut without key players injured in Saturday's loss to Syracuse, with at least three out and others uncertain as the Bulls try to end a six-game losing streak.
Leading rusher Lindsey Lamar was sidelined with a fractured collarbone Saturday, and on Tuesday, coach Skip Holtz said two more regulars -- senior TE Evan Landi (ankle) and junior WR Derrick Hopkins (knee) won't play against the Huskies. Both were on crutches as they watched Tuesday's practice, with Landi wearing a cast on his injured foot.
Starting right guard Danous Estenor watched practice with a boot on his injured right ankle and is "doubtful", according to Holtz, and two more receivers -- sophomore Andre Davis (knee) and freshman D'Vario Montgomery (shoulder) did not practice, leaving the Bulls with three healthy scholarship receivers.
"It was a costly game from an injury standpoint," said Holtz, whose team played Saturday without its most experienced offensive lineman, senior guard Mark Popek, who is still not practicing and had a boot on his injured ankle Tuesday.
The injured players include four of USF's top five players in terms of receiving yards, with only sophomore Terrence Mitchell (2nd at 345 yards) practicing Tuesday. Holtz said that junior DE Ryne Giddins, a former starter, may miss the game with a shoulder injury; backup running back Willie Davis, who missed Saturday's game with a sprained ankle, did not participate in Tuesday's practice.
If Estenor can't play, the Bulls could turn to redshirt freshman Brynjar Gudmundsson, who stepped in initially when Popek was injured; junior Lawrence Martin worked with the first-team line in Tuesday's drills. The receiver likely to step in for Hopkins is senior Victor Marc, who worked on the first unit alongside Terrence Mitchell and Deonte Welch on Tuesday.