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Young injury could shift Bulls out of nickel



Monday night's practice notes from Times correspondent Kerry Klecic ... 

TAMPA -- USF defensive coordinator Joe Tresey said he’s still trying to figure out how to replace sophomore safety Jerrell Young, who broke his right arm in Saturday’s game.

Tresey said USF could play more of a three-linebacker, base set with four defensive backs, rather than the five defensive back nickel look the Bulls preferred against Wofford.

“It’s a big loss, because we’re not very deep back there,” Tresey said. “We’ve got to figure out what we’re going to do as far as safety is concerned.”

Tresey said he’d rather not move one of his top four cornerbacks to safety. On Saturday, redshirt freshman Jon Lejiste and senior walk-on Mistral Raymond filled in for Young. USF coach Jim Leavitt said Young was to visit a doctor Tuesday to learn more about his injury and a timetable for his return.

Sims staying: USF junior Jake Sims will start again at right tackle when the Bulls face Western Kentucky on the road Saturday, Leavitt said. Sims started in place of redshirt freshman and Plant City graduate Mark Popek, who had the flu last week, in Saturday’s 40-7 season-opening victory against Wofford.

The Bulls’ starting offensive line was sophomores Jeremiah Warren and Chaz Hine and juniors Zach Hermann, Sampson Genus and Sims. Leavitt said the same line will start against WKU. “They’ve got to get better,” he said.

Tight end healthy: Redshirt freshman Andreas Shields, who Leavitt referenced as a starter during fall camp, is back healthy and could return this weekend after suffering an ankle injury in late August.

Leavitt said Shields “looked good” at Monday’s practice. Senior Ben Busbee and junior Andrew Ketchel took the bulk of Saturday’s snaps at tight end on Saturday. Leavitt said senior Kenneth Luberice has not fully recovered from a knee injury.

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


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