TAMPA — DT Cory Grissom most likely will miss Thursday's Big East showdown against No. 8 Cincinnati with a left ankle injury.
Coach Jim Leavitt said Grissom injured it during practice Saturday. He could not put pressure on his ankle Sunday and used crutches while wearing an ankle boot.
Grissom has played in all five games this season, totaling five tackles.
Defensive coordinator Joe Tresey said although Grissom's loss hurts, he's happy with the depth on the line.
Safety strengtH: Sophomore S Jerrell Young's return from a broken arm leaves Tresey with a problem — a good one. With solid performances from Jon Lejiste and Mistral Raymond, Tresey said it's tough to figure out who will start. Lejiste has 13 tackles and a forced fumble; Raymond 16 tackles and an interception. "That's one more body I've got now," Tresey said. "I'm happy."
Bulls bits: USF moved up two spots to No. 21 in the Associated Press poll. … Leavitt said WR Jessie Hester (ankle, hamstring) is "going full speed" but wouldn't say whether he'll play.