USF receiver Griffin out for year with knee injury
Tough and all too familiar news for USF junior receiver Sterling Griffin, who will miss the rest of the 2012 season after injuring his right knee in the second quarter of the Bulls' 32-31 win at Nevada on Saturday.
Griffin, who watched practice on crutches Monday morning, is eligible for a medical redshirt and, having missed the entire 2010 season recovering from a broken ankle, will be eligible to receive a sixth year of eligibility with the Bulls.
Griffin was USF's top receiver last season despite missing four games with another ankle injury; his injury is mitigated somewhat but USF's solid depth at the position. Sophomore Andre Davis is now clearly USF's top receiving threat, as seen in his 12-catch, 191-yard game against Nevada, much of which came after Griffin's injury.
Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said the two receivers whose roles are likely to increase the most in Griffin's absence are sophomore Deonte Welch, who shined as a redshirt freshman last fall and caught a key third-down pass on the winning drive Saturday, and true freshman D'Vario Montgomery, a promising playmaker who has played sparingly in the first two games with a single catch.