TAMPA — USF's talented receiving corps took a key loss Monday with news that junior Sterling Griffin will miss the rest of the season after injuring his right knee in Saturday's win at Nevada.
Griffin is eligible for a medical redshirt and, having missed the 2010 season recovering from a broken ankle, will be eligible for a sixth year of eligibility. He was USF's top receiver last season despite missing four games with another foot injury.
Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said the two receivers whose roles are likely to increase the most are sophomore Deonte Welch, who caught a key third-down pass on the winning drive Saturday, and freshman D'Vario Montgomery, who played sparingly in the first two games with a single catch.
HONORED: USF sophomore WR Andre Davis, who caught the winning 56-yard touchdown in the final minute at Nevada, was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week.
His 12 catches for 191 yards broke both school marks, the latter of which had stood since USF's first game in 1997. Davis also had a 52-yard touchdown.
LB Sam Barrington, who forced two fumbles that were recovered in the red zone, made the Big East weekly honor roll.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
FSU: Health improves
TALLAHASSEE — There were two notable absences from Florida State's offense Saturday night against Savannah State.
This weekend, when the fifth-ranked Seminoles (2-0) host Wake Forest (2-0), coach Jimbo Fisher believes all of his players who should be there will be.
C Bryan Stork and TE Nick O'Leary were back at practice Monday after injuries forced them to miss FSU's weather-shortened 55-0 win. Stork (neck) was limited in practice last week. O'Leary was getting over a thigh bruise.
Monday, Fisher said he didn't foresee any injury troubles ahead of the ACC opener: "(We look) really good. No problems."
GAME TIME: The Sept. 22 game against Clemson will kick off at 8 p.m. and air nationally on ABC (Ch. 28 in Tampa Bay).
Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel
UM: Getting past loss
CORAL GABLES — Miami studied film and practiced, trying to get past Saturday's 52-13 loss at Kansas State. "Who's more upset than we are?" coach Al Golden said. "I appreciate everybody's passion, but there were too many players out of position and too many plays we didn't execute too many times."
UCF: Tough grade
ORLANDO — Sophomore QB Blake Bortles was tough on himself in assessing his play in the 31-16 loss at Ohio State. "I played average, at best," Bortles said. "Probably, I played poor. I take a lot of blame on what happened." But he had George O'Leary's support: "I thought, for a first-time starter, he went out and executed," the coach said.