Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

USF Bulls to face depleted Miami Hurricanes' wide receiver corps

Because of injuries, after Phillip Dorsett, who has 42 catches, the dropoff to Miami’s second-leading receiver is significant.

Getty Images

Because of injuries, after Phillip Dorsett, who has 42 catches, the dropoff to Miami’s second-leading receiver is significant.

CORAL GABLES — Miami is down to a handful scholarship receivers now that Davon Johnson's leg injury ends his senior season, the school announced Thursday via the ACC injury report.

The converted defensive back caught 21 passes for 348 yards in his final season.

His absence leaves the Hurricanes with fewer options entering Saturday's home game against USF. Phillip Dorsett, Allen Hurns, Herb Waters and Kendal Thompkins are the only scholarship receivers who don't have a redshirt on the line.

Dorsett is the team's leading receiver with 42 catches for 648 followed by Hurns (27 for 307 yards). No. 2 receiver Rashawn Scott remains suspended for an indefinite period.

S Deon Bush (shoulder) will miss the USF game as well.

FSU: RB Thompson surgery a success

TALLAHASSEE — The road to recovery has begun for Florida State RB Chris Thompson.

The senior who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Oct. 20 at Miami had successful surgery last week, coach Jimbo Fisher said.

"Everything was clean, there was no other problems with the knee," Fisher said. "They expect a full recovery in normal time."

Fisher reiterated that he would petition the NCAA to grant a medical exception for Thompson, who has had two season-ending injuries in two years. On the third play of FSU's fourth game of 2011, he broke vertebrae in his back.

NCAA rules allow players to medically redshirt if they suffer season-ending injuries during the first three games of a season.

Three plays separated him from that exemption last season. This year's injury came in Game 8.

"If you take the accumulation of all those two years, he's missed 13 or 15 games over a full year," Fisher said. "All they can say is no."

Orlando Sentinel

UCF: Mirror image

ORLANDO — When UCF travels to play Tulsa, the Knights will square off against a team similar to the one it practices against.

UCF and Tulsa are similar on both sides of the ball, and on their arch this season. Both are undefeated in conference play and with losses to BCS teams.

"They're going to give you some trickeration," Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said of UCF. "Different looks and some gimmick plays. … But they're not like other teams in this league that spread you out and (attack) with finesse. This is going to be a right-in-your-face kind of game."

Needed Body: DL Jose Jose, who got his weight down to 326, was back on the field last week after sitting out six games. One factor may have been coaches' desire to have quicker linemen on the field against spread offenses. Texas-El Paso used a run-heavy approach last week, as will Tulsa on Saturday.

Orlando Sentinel

. fast facts

Up next

FSU: at Maryland, noon Saturday. TV: ESPNU

UCF: at Tulsa, noon Saturday. TV: FSN

Florida: vs. Jacksonville State, 1 Saturday. TV: Pay-per-view

USF: at Miami, 3 Saturday TV: Sun Sports

USF Bulls to face depleted Miami Hurricanes' wide receiver corps 11/15/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 10:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays up next: at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, New York

    The Heater

    Today: Off

    Up next: at Yankees, 7:10 Tuesday, Yankee Stadium

  2. Here kitty, kitty ...


    In a toned down version of the annual rookie dress-up day based on MLB's new anti-hazing policy, Rays rookie players and staff - plus second-year LHP Blake Snell - donned DJ Kitty onesies for the trip to New York.

    Rays rookie players and staff - joined here by Alex Colome - sporting their DJ Kitty onesies before the flight to New York.
  3. Lightning's Nikita Kucherov has a lot to say — about moving on to a much better season

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Nikita Kucherov sits back in his stall and smiles.

    Laughs a little, too.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) prepares for a faceoff during the first period of Friday's  (9/22/17) preseason game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Chris Archer knocked out early as Rays lose to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Another short outing by Chris Archer led to another long afternoon for the Rays in a 9-4 loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

    Chris Archer has not gotten past four innings in four of his past five starts. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  5. Bucs-Vikings report card: Where's this explosive offense we heard about all offseason?


    MINNEAPOLIS — Times columnist Tom Jones gives his report card from the Bucs' 34-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday:


    Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) intercepts a Jameis Winston pass intended for wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]