USF QB Grothe out for season with ACL tear
USF senior quarterback Matt Grothe, the Big East's career leader in total offense, will miss the remainder of the 2009 season with a torn ACL in his left knee, USF announced Sunday.
Grothe, who had started 41 consecutive games for the Bulls, injured his knee on a scramble late in the second quarter of USF's 59-0 win against I-AA Charleston Southern. The injury was initially diagnosed as a sprain, but an MRI exam Sunday morning confirmed the season-ending injury.
“Obviously, I am disappointed because you never think this could happen to you,” Grothe said in a statement. “It’s a team game and I am still going to be very involved with my teammates and the coaches. I am going to do everything I can to help the Bulls continue to win.”
Redshirt freshman B.J. Daniels stepped in Saturday in relief of Grothe and played well, throwing for 149 yards and rushing for 105, accounting for three total touchdowns. He will make his first start Saturday in his hometown of Tallahassee as the Bulls face Florida State, which just upset No. 7 BYU 54-28.
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We're working on a photo gallery of memorable Grothe moments from the past three seasons, but for Bulls fans, what are your favorite Grothe memories?
Was it the overtime win at Auburn in 2007? Rallying USF for the first of his three wins against UCF in 2006? Was it the first time you saw the Grohawk during the team's wild ascent to No. 2 in the polls in 2007? You can relive all of Grothe's best plays with video clips on his page at GoUSFbulls.com.
-- USF didn't pick up any ground in the AP top 25, keeping a single vote-point. Three of USF's remaining opponents are quickly moving up the rankings -- Miami is No. 9, Cincinnati is No. 14 and Florida State No. 18 in the new poll.
-- USF coach Jim Leavitt said Sunday that redshirt freshman Evan Landi will now be USF's No. 2 quarterback -- he injured his shoulder last week, but Leavitt said he could have played Saturday, even though Daniels handled the holding duties Landi normally has. Asked if he would move any other players to quarterback as a No. 3, Leavitt said he will focus on preparing Daniels and Landi right now.