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USF may have to use backup PK at Memphis

Though he hasn't been ruled out for Saturday night's game at Memphis, Bulls placekicker Emilio Nadelman's full recovery from a quad injury might require more than a bye week.

Nadelman, injured late in the Bulls' 52-45 victory against Navy two Fridays ago, exited Tuesday morning's practice using a crutch. But coach Willie Taggart said the week is still early.

"You know around here, we heal differently," he said.

If Nadelman — 7-for-7 on field goals — remains sidelined, Jacksonville University transfer Brandon Behr takes over. A 23-year-old junior, Behr had a 48-yard field goal blocked late in the fourth quarter against Navy, leading to a Midshipmen touchdown.

Last season at JU, he was perfect on 41 PATs and hit 14 of 23 field goals, with a long of 48 yards.

"We always say if a guy goes down, the next guy's got to be ready to go," Taggart said. "Same thing with Brandon.''

In other news, the Bulls will play Illinois at Chicago's Soldier Field on Sept. 15, 2018. USF will host Illinois on Sept. 16, 2017.

CLEMSON JUNIORS STARS TO DEPART: Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, tailback Wayne Gallman and receivers Mike Williams and Artavis Scott are heading to the NFL after this season. The four juniors are graduating in December. Scott, a former East Lake High standout, led Clemson in catches the past two seasons with 76 as a freshman in 2014 and 93 in 2015. He is second this season in receptions with 38 for 329 yards and three scores.

AUBURN: Quarterback Sean White will be back as the starter at Georgia this week, and coach Gus Malzahn hopes star tailback Kamryn Pettway (left leg injury) can play too. White (undisclosed injury) came off the bench Saturday to rally the Tigers vs. Vandy.

TEXAS A&M: Quarterback Trevor Knight (shoulder) is out for the rest of the regular season.

WAKE FOREST: Quarterback Kendall Hinton (knee) is out for the season.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

USF may have to use backup PK at Memphis 11/08/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 7:50pm]
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