USF's Webster reunited with Miami's Morris
TAMPA -- In-state rivalry games like USF-Miami always have connections between players on both sides, and Bulls cornerback Kayvon Webster will see a familiar face Saturday in Hurricanes freshman Stephen Morris, his high school quarterback at Miami Monsignor Pace.
The two friends talked on the phone Wednesday, and Webster said he's enjoyed seeing Morris step up in place of injured starter Jacory Harris in recent weeks.
"I'm proud of Stephen," said Webster, one of three Pace graduates on USF's roster, along with receivers Sterling Griffin and Derrick Hopkins, all former Morris targets. "He's learning, but I haven't been around him in the last two years."
Bulls defensive end Julius Forte, a redshirt freshman from Boca Ciega, played AAU basketball in high school with Hurricanes safety Ray-Ray Armstrong and defensive tackle Dyron Dye.
"He was pretty good -- athletic guy," Forte said of Armstrong, who played for the Orlando-based Florida Elite with him. "I haven't talked to those guys in a while -- it'll be nice to talk to them after the game."
INJURY UPDATE: With senior defensive end Craig Marshall missing Wednesday's practice with a lingering foot injury and junior Patrick Hampton, who replaced him in the starting lineup, also out with an ankle injury, USF coach Skip Holtz said redshirt freshman Ryne Giddins should make his first start Saturday. Giddins, an Armwood graduate, has four tackles for loss this season and has seen his playing time increase significantly in the past month. Quarterback B.J. Daniels (quad bruise) and center Sampson Genus (leg) both returned to practice Wednesday and are expected to start against Miami.
NOT COMING: Receiver Jamaal Montague of Lake City, who signed with USF in February but did not qualify academically, said Tuesday he will enroll at Jones County Junior College in January with the hopes of joining the Bulls in 2012. Montague had said this fall that he planned to enroll at USF in January.