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Guard Jozwiak held out for now with heart concerns



VERO BEACH -- Sophomore Thor Jozwiak, in position to be a starting guard on USF's offensive line, has been held out of practice while doctors check on his heart, but coach Willie Taggart is optimistic he won't be sidelined very long.

"Thor has some skips in his heartbeat. We wanted to get that tested. Hopefully we can get him back out out here (Monday)," Taggart said before Sunday's morning practice. "So far, so good. We're planning on him coming, hopefully he can get here tomorrow. We want the doctors to do all the tests and make sure he's healthy before he comes back out here."

Jozwiak, who started five games last year, is in a tight competition among four guards for the two starting positions -- sophomore Brynjar Gudmundsson and senior Lawrence Martin worked with the first-team line on Sunday, and senior Steven Jacques has also worked with the first line in the opening week of practice.

Taggart mentioned a handful of other players limited by injuries, but none right now that should impact the Aug. 31 opener against McNeese State.

-- Sophomore fullback Tye Turner, who redshirted last season but could also help at tight end, watched practice but did not participate Sunday. Taggart said he suffered a neck stinger Friday, experienced some numbness on his left side. "We heal a little differently around here, so that's the expectation, to get back a little quicker," Taggart said.

-- True freshman defensive end Mike Love, likely to redshirt given the depth at his position, injured his knee before practice Saturday ("kneecap went in and out," Taggart said) but again, isn't likely to be a major injury.

-- Redshirt freshman Guito Ervilus, shifted from defensive end to tight end this spring but not likely to see significant action there this fall, sprained the MCL in his knee. "We don't think it's anything major," he said.

-- Sophomore receiver D'Vario Montgomery was held out of practice Sunday morning, working with trainers alongside Ervilus, but the nature and severity of his injury wasn't immediately available.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 11, 2013 10:57am]


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