Freshman Harris could start at LB for injured Cliett
Here are Tuesday's USF practice notes from Times correspondent Jeff Odom ...
TAMPA -- USF coach Willie Taggart said Tuesday LB Reshard Cliett will likely miss Saturday’s game against Florida Atlantic after injuring his shoulder in the Bulls’ 21-6 loss at Michigan State.
Cliett had seven tackles against the Spartans before he left the game late in the fourth quarter and did not return. The senior underwent an MRI exam on Monday, but Taggart did not disclose the results or the severity of the injury, only noting that Cliett is “questionable,” but “probably the farthest away from playing.”
If Cliett is unable to play, Taggart pointed to former Hillsborough High standout and freshman Nigel Harris, who worked with the No. 1 defense during Tuesday’s practice, as his likely replacement, because of his impressive ability to make plays.
“He’s not just doing it once, but doing it twice and three times; being consistent with it,” Taggart said. “For a freshman that hasn’t been there, for him to come in and make those plays and play like we want him to is pretty impressive. Hopefully Nigel is fired up about playing here at home.”
WATCH YOUR HEAD: Junior DT Todd Chandler said he didn’t think about the consequences for trying to make a tackle after his helmet was knocked off against Michigan State. The Miami native was penalized 15 yards by officials for not stopping once the helmet came off and was forced to the sideline for one play because of NCAA rules.
“When you’re engaged in a play, you keep going,” said Chandler, who also recorded his first career fumble recovery against the Spartans. “I’d rather take that pain than give up a big play any day. I understand it’s not the right thing to do and I understand it’s for our protection, but you have to be a football player.”