TAMPA — USF has major depth concerns at cornerback, with injuries piling up heading into Thursday's home game against West Virginia and the Big East's No. 1 passing offense.
"Not the game you want to limp into with injuries in your secondary, but nonetheless, this is where we are and this is the challenge that we face," coach Skip Holtz said Monday of the Bulls' regular-season finale.
Starting CBs Quenton Washington and Kayvon Webster suffered concussions when they collided helmet-to-helmet trying to block Miami's winning field goal two weeks ago. Webster missed Friday's game against Louisville, Washington was not cleared until Wednesday then hurt his shoulder in the game, missing the fourth quarter.
And those two are among USF's healthiest cornerbacks — backup George Baker, who started for Webster on Friday, is questionable with bruised ribs (X-rays today); JaQuez Jenkins continues to be limited by a hamstring injury. And the Bulls already lost backups Ricardo Dixon (torn ACL) and Ernie Tabuteau (back) for the season, plus Spencer Boyd is suspended for a third game.
COMING BACK: USF sophomore Sterling Griffin, the Bulls' leading receiver despite missing the past four games with an ankle injury, is expected to return against West Virginia. Receivers coach Phil McGeoghan said Monday that Griffin has practiced well.
QB UPDATE: After sitting out Friday, QB B.J. Daniels continues to test his injured right shoulder and was throwing during Monday's practice. Holtz said he'll continue to evaluate Daniels.
ALL-ACC: OL Zebrie Sanders and two specialists, K Dustin Hopkins and P Shawn Powell, were the only Florida State players on the first team. LB Sean Spence was the lone Miami player.
2011 All-ACC football team
|QB||Tajh Boyd, Clemson (71)|
|RB||David Wilson, Virginia Tech (90*)|
|RB||Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (66)|
|WR||Sammy Watkins, Clemson (86)|
|WR||Chris Givens, Wake Forest (69)|
|OT||Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech (86)|
|OT||Zebrie Sanders, Florida State (46)|
|OG||Austin Pasztor, Virginia (49)|
|OG||Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (45)|
|C||Dalton Freeman, Clemson (44)|
|TE||Dwayne Allen, Clemson (78)|
|K||Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (75)|
|ST||T.J. Graham, N.C. State (45)|
|DE||Andre Branch, Clemson (79)|
|DE||Quinton Coples, North Carolina (64)|
|DT||Joe Vellano, Maryland (68)|
|DT||Matt Conrath, Virginia (55)|
|LB||Luke Kuechly, Boston College (90*)|
|LB||Sean Spence, Miami (82)|
|LB||Zach Brown, North Carolina (48)|
|CB||David Amerson, N.C. State (86)|
|CB||Chase Minnifield, Virginia (47)|
|S||Matt Daniels, Duke (80)|
|S||Josh Bush, Wake Forest (41)|
|P||Shawn Powell, Florida State (85)|
Note: Voted on by 45 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. First-team vote worth two points, second-team vote one. *unanimous selection