USF's Billy Atterbury out with leg fracture
Bulls starting RT Billy Atterbury fractured his right leg during Saturday's 45-20 win at Cincinnati and is out indefinitely, Coach Willie Taggart confirmed Monday.
Redshirt freshman Marcus Norman, who started the season opener and stepped in Saturday night, replaces Attebury -- a Clearwater Central Catholic alumnus -- for now.
"He was doing a good job, he was getting better," Taggart said during the American Athletic Conference weekly coaches teleconference Monday. "First year playing, and...I think anyone when they get reps, they get better, and he was doing a good job for us."
Everyone else shaken up Saturday is "probable" for this weekend's homecoming game against East Carolina, Taggart added. CB Deatrick Nichols sustained a possible concussion, and DT Bruce Hector suffered an apparent lower-leg injury but returned in the second half.
PRIME TIME: The conference announced Monday the Bulls' Oct. 15 home game against Connecticut will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
The game will kick off a string of at least three consecutive prime-time games for USF, which follows with Friday-evening contests at Temple (Oct. 21) and at home against Navy (Oct. 28).
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Approaching the midway point of the season, the Bulls rank at or near the top of the conference in several significant categories. The breakdown:
* tied for first (and fifth nationally) in scoring defense (45.8 ppg)
* second (and 15th nationally) in rushing offense (251.4 ypg)
* third (and 21st nationally) in pass-efficiency defense (108.37)
* first (and 31st nationally) in fewest sacks allowed (1.40 per game)
* tied for second (and tied for 23rd nationally) in fewest turnovers lost (five)
* second (and sixth nationally) in turnover margin (plus-1.4)
* second (and 32nd nationally) in net punting (40.04 average)
* tied for second (and tied for seventh nationally) in fumbles recovered (six)
Individually, TB Marlon Mack is second in the conference (and 4th nationally) in rushing (83.3 ypg), MLB Auggie Sanchez is second (and 30th nationally) in tackles (9.6 per game), P Jonathan Hernandez ranks second (42.8-yard average) and D'Ernest Johnson is first (and 13th nationally) in punt returns (15.4 ypg).
ODDS AND ENDS: Mack (118 rushing yards, two TDs at Cincinnati) and CB Johnny Ward (pick-six) made the latest AAC honor roll released Monday. ... The Bulls' five rushing touchdowns at Cincinnati were one more than they totaled in all of 2013. ... Through five weeks, the American ranks fifth among the nation's 10 Division I conferences in non-conference winning percentage (29-14, .674).