ST. PETERSBURG — Short of an official decision, everything George Selvie is saying points to the All-America defensive end returning for his senior season.
Selvie said he will wait to hear back from the NFL's advisory board for underclassmen to see where he might be selected but added even if he were projected as a late first-round pick, he wants to come back for another season.
"It wouldn't be enough," Selvie said.
"I love playing college football. I love that we're making history right now. I like being a part of this."
Selvie was held to one tackle for loss in USF's 41-14 win against Memphis in the St. Petersburg Bowl, watching much of the second half from the bench along with other key starters. He said USF can improve on its 8-5 record next season, and his return would, obviously, make that much easier.
"I really want to stay and play my senior season, finish up strong, finish better than this year," said Selvie, who is on track to graduate this summer. "I know we have a chance to do bigger and better things."
SITTING OUT: Three veteran starters — S Carlton Williams, CB Jerome Murphy and TE Cedric Hill — were suspended for the first half for an unspecified violation of team rules.
In their place, the Bulls had two first-time starters, TE Andrew Ketchel and S Jerrell Young, while redshirt freshman Quenton Washington made his third start for Murphy. Young, a Gibbs High graduate playing in his hometown, had a season-best six tackles.
All three veterans played in the second half. Hill made an 11-yard catch, and Williams had five tackles, including a fourth-down stop to end a drive in the fourth quarter.
LOVE INJURED: WR A.J. Love, who started all 13 games, injured his left knee on the game's first play, running an end-around for a 5-yard gain. Love's injury took place on the infield at Tropicana Field, where the clay was removed and replaced with new FieldTurf.
Love, a sophomore from Bradenton, was on crutches on the sideline, and USF didn't elaborate on the extent of the injury. But offensive coordinator Greg Gregory said it "might be an ACL," which would require surgery and a significant recovery period.
THIS AND THAT: Former Bucs FB Mike Alstott was the game's honorary chairman, presiding over the coin toss with wife Nicole and their children. … Rays stars Scott Kazmir, B.J. Upton and Andy Sonnanstine were in attendance. So was Chargers QB Philip Rivers, in town to play the Bucs today. Rivers was a guest of USF receivers coach Mike Canales, who coached him at N.C. State.
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