TAMPA — QB Steven Bench and TB Marcus Shaw, both of whom injured their right legs in USF's win Saturday against Cincinnati, are questionable for this weekend's game at Connecticut, coach Willie Taggart said.
Bench had an unspecified knee injury in the first quarter, while Shaw appeared to hurt his right hamstring one possession later. Neither re-entered; Shaw was holding crutches but not using them after the game.
Taggart didn't elaborate on the injuries while on the American Athletic Conference weekly coaches teleconference Monday, but he hinted neither injury is long-term. When asked if either player's ailment is season-threatening, Taggart replied, "Not from what I know."
"We heal differently around here, we're not like the normal Joe around here when we get injured," Taggart added. "Those guys wanted to go back in on Saturday, but we didn't want to do that to them. We'll see how it goes and see how they go this week."
In relief of the pair, senior Bobby Eveld and junior Michael Pierre totaled 122 passing and 61 rushing yards, respectively. Taggart wouldn't rule out starting Eveld at UConn.
KLOSS HONORED: Redshirt junior K Marvin Kloss, perfect on four field-goal tries (including a career-best 52-yarder) against Cincinnati, was named American Athletic Conference special teams player of the week on Monday. Kloss also had touchbacks on five of his six kickoffs.
S Mark Joyce, who became the first Bull to record two interceptions in a game in four years, made the American's weekly honor roll.
FSU: Not quite, Shaw
TALLAHASSEE — The quest for a 100-yard game continues for Florida State WR Kenny Shaw.
Shaw had five receptions for 96 yards and a score against Maryland on Saturday, his fifth straight impressive performance in as many games. It is also the fifth time Shaw has fallen just short of 100.
The senior has games of 94, 94, 89, 93 and 96 receiving yards this season.
"I don't know, man, that 4 yards," Shaw said. "I don't even — it's doesn't matter. I mean you do look at it, but it's funny."
Shaw's lone 100-yard receiving game came last year against Boston College — 125 yards on two receptions.
UM: Heels lose player
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina two-way player Jack Tabb will be suspended for the first half of an Oct. 17 game against Miami after his ejection Saturday at Virginia Tech.
Tabb is a tight end who started at linebacker Saturday and played both ways. He was ejected with four minutes left for throwing a punch during a kickoff return.