It seemed likely Saturday when news came that USF Bulls backup defensive end Anthony Hill had torn the ACL in his right knee, but Skip Holtz confirmed Wednesday that Hill will undergo surgery Friday and miss the 2012 season.
This could clear a path for promising freshman Eric Lee to play this fall, as Lee is now the No. 4 defensive end behind Ryne Giddins, Julius Forte and Tevin Mims.
Hill actually has a traditional redshirt available to him, so he can come back and play as a redshirt senior in 2013, though it'll mean one less scholarship is available for USF's 2013 recruiting class. If you remember, Jim Leavitt pulled Hill out of a redshirt in the 10th game of the 2009 season, so he had three tackles in three games to show for that year of eligibility. In all, Hill has 14 tackles in three seasons with the Bulls, including a sack against Pittsburgh last year.
Holtz said that freshman receiver Alex Mut, who tore his own ACL last spring as a high school senior, injured his knee in Saturday's scrimmage and will also have surgery Friday, but it should only be a minor arthroscopic procedure to clean up the knee and should only sideline him for a month or so. Mut is still likely to redshirt this fall due to USF's considerable depth at receiver.