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Is this the week USF gets a 100-yard rusher?



USF hasn't had a 100-yard rusher in 16 games, going back to Louisville in November 2007, but the Bulls have a good chance Saturday at Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers have the distinction of being Division I-A's worst rushing defense after allowing Tennessee to rush for 380 yards in Saturday's 63-7 loss to the Vols.

Senior Mo Plancher, who rushed for a career-best 78 yards in Saturday' win against Wofford, is in good position to cross the 100-yard mark, as two Vols backs did in the opener, but his focus is on continued strong play and securing another win for USF.

"They're a different team with a different offense. That just lets me know teams are able to run the ball on them," Plancher said. "Individual stats, I guess that's icing on the cake, but the most important thing is to win. If I get 100 yards, that's always good."

-- USF coach Jim Leavitt said sophomore strong safety Jerrell Young had a metal plate inserted in his broken right arm, and while he won't play this week, Leavitt isn't ruling anything out after this week's game.

"That's pretty optimistic," Leavitt said of a quick return for Young. Coaches are considering several options to replace Young in the starting lineup, with redshirt freshman Jon Lejiste a possibility.

-- Senior punter and kicker Delbert Alvarado will have the honor of wearing a No. 10 jersey on Saturday as a tribute to Keeley Dorsey, the running back who collapsed and died during a team conditioning workout in January 2007. One player will wear Dorsey's No. 10 in each game this season in Dorsey's honor.

-- Leavitt said he's talked with USF athletic director Doug Woolard about traveling with fewer players to save on travel costs, but said he hasn't committed to a smaller roster yet.

"Doug's been really good with me. He know I'm pretty frugal. I'm a person that doesn't want to just take people to take people," said Leavitt, who travels with about 70 players for most games. "I don't want them to miss classes, miss study time."


-- Which Big East school has the most players on NFL active rosters to open the season? Pittsburgh had 18, just edging Louisville, which has 17. Then Rutgers (13), Cincinnati (12), Syracuse and West Virginia (11), then Connecticut (8) and USF (6). Bulls also have Tyrone McKenzie on injured reserve -- I'd count Chad Simpson, who started at USF and finished at Morgan State, but I don't know the comparable transfer guys for other league schools ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:07pm]


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