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USF Bulls receiver Carlton Mitchell hopes rest helps sprained ankle

TAMPA — WR Carlton Mitchell, who sparked the Bulls with a 49-yard touchdown and 69-yard catch, finished the game on crutches after sustaining a high left ankle sprain against West Virginia.

"I'm doing okay. My spirits are high," Mitchell said. "Good thing it's a bye week."

Mitchell, whose 132 yards on five catches moved him into second in school history (47 behind Hugh Smith), said X-rays were negative.

He hopes to play Nov. 12 at Rutgers.

More injuries: S Nate Allen sustained a hip pointer but said he will be fine after the bye. And CB Tyson Butler was sidelined in the second half with an undisclosed injury.

Famous visitor: The huge platform of a home game televised on ESPN2 is big enough that other Bulls programs can benefit. So among those standing on the sideline before the game was White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, whose son, Ozney, is considering the baseball team.

The 45-year-old former major-leaguer, who played 63 games for the Rays in 2000, said he was attending his first college football game and is still looking for a favorite team.

"I guess if my kid goes to school here, I'll have to root for them," he said.

Guillen's son, likely an outfielder or first baseman in college, attends Miami Monsignor Pace, from where USF signed three football players in February. He also is considering San Diego State (where Tony Gwynn is coach), Marshall and Louisville.

"I like what I see, but it's not my decision," Guillen said. "It's his decision, and I'll support him. (Staying close to Miami) is something you'd like to see."

Guillen did say he watches plenty of football on television when he's home in the winter.

"When you've got three kids in the house, you have no choice," he said.

Bowl bash: Friday was USF's annual "Bulls and Bowls" gathering with representatives from 11 bowls in attendance, including all of the BCS games and games affiliated with the Big East except Toronto's International Bowl.

There's still much up in the air for USF, and it needs seven wins just to be eligible.

"There's still five weeks left," said Mark Meadows of the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. "But we certainly enjoyed hosting (USF) three years ago."

In 2006, USF beat Conference USA's East Carolina 24-7. Since then, the game has signed a deal with the SEC.

Changes: USF opened the game with two new starting offensive linemen. Redshirt freshman Mark Popek of Plant City made his first start at right tackle, and junior Jamar Bass got his first at left tackle with Jeremiah Warren sliding over to left guard.

Junior Jake Sims, pushed out by Popek's start, stepped in at center in the second quarter when Sampson Genus went down with an undisclosed injury. Genus returned in the third quarter.

Sophomore S Jerrell Young, a graduate of St. Petersburg's Gibbs High who has recovered from a broken arm that sidelined him for four games, made his third career start. DT Keith McCaskill made his second.

USF Bulls receiver Carlton Mitchell hopes rest helps sprained ankle 10/30/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 31, 2009 12:40am]

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