WR Griffin out 6-8 weeks, CB Dixon out for year
USF got more bad news on the injury front Tuesday, as coach Skip Holtz said that sophomore Sterling Griffin, the team's top receiver with 40 catches for 493 yards, will miss six to eight weeks as tests confirmed he fractured his right ankle in Saturday's loss to Cincinnati. Reserve cornerback Ricardo Dixon, who has played sparingly this season, is out for the year with a torn ACL in his knee.
Both players were injured in the same end zone during Saturday's loss -- Griffin injured his ankle while attempting to catch a pass from B.J. Daniels, and Dixon was injured while trying to defend a touchdown pass thrown by Cincinnati. Griffin missed the entire 2010 season after dislocating the same ankle and fracturing the bottom of his fibula in summer 2010.
Holtz address the possibility of a longterm absence for Griffin on Monday, saying that another of the team's young receivers would have to step up and make plays. Redshirt freshman Deonte Welch had five catches for 130 yards on Saturday, and true freshman Andre Davis had four receptions for 60 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown that put USF ahead with 1:27 to play. Griffin's timetable would allow for a return for a bowl game if the Bulls get to six wins.