Freshman Spencer done for season with shoulder injury
USF redshirt freshman defensive back Jalen Spencer, a top backup on the depth chart, injured his shoulder in Saturday's season opener and will require surgery that will sideline him for the 2013 season, coach Willie Taggart said.
Spencer, from Pensacola, had 1.5 tackles in his college debut, getting on the field on the defense's opening series as part of a dime defensive package with six defensive backs. Given that his redshirt last season came as he recovered from a broken leg suffered during his senior year of high school, he should be eligible for a medical redshirt and in theory a sixth year of eligibility in 2017.
"It's a shoulder he hurt back in training camp, and he re-injured it," Taggart said.
The Bulls have limited depth at cornerback -- they had moved Spencer from safety to corner after Chris Bivins wasn't fully recovered from knee surgery last year; Bivins didn't play Saturday and could redshirt himself. The injuries make it more likely that true freshman corners Lamar Robbins and Johnny Ward (who had an interception Saturday) could play key roles in the secondary this season.