USF's win against Wofford on Saturday came with a significant cost.
Sophomore Jerrell Young, the starting strong safety, broke his right arm in the first half and will be sidelined awhile, coach Jim Leavitt said.
"That's a big loss. A very big loss," said Leavitt, noting that Young also played on all of USF's special teams.
Young, a Gibbs graduate making his second career start, was replaced by senior walk-on Mistral "Skinny" Raymond, who had played only on special teams before. He wound up getting four tackles.
Redshirt freshman Jon Lejiste also had four tackles in his first college game, and true freshman Victor Marc, a converted quarterback who impressed coaches in the preseason, saw his first action in the second half.
"We don't have depth back there to begin with," defensive coordinator Joe Tresey said. "We played quite a few people on that back end tonight."
FIRST: Here's a fitting way to become USF's career leader in total offense: Senior quarterback Matt Grothe beat Wofford at its own game, running the option and cutting upfield for a 39-yard gain in the second quarter, and in doing so, passed Marquel Blackwell for the school record.
Blackwell, on USF's staff as a program coordinator, totaled 10,343 yards in his four years with the Bulls. Grothe entered the game with 10,242 and finished with 10,441 (19 of 23 passing for 155 yards and seven rushes for 44 yards). Next week he'll have a shot at the Big East record of 10,529, set by West Virginia's Pat White last season.
Grothe, who held the Big East mark briefly last season, is on pace to break Blackwell's school passing records as well, with career marks for yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns within his reach.
PRECOCIOUS: USF hadn't had a true freshman start in six years, but receiver two did Saturday: receiver Sterling Griffin and cornerback Kayvon Webster. They're the first to start since receiver S.J. Greenin 2003. Webster had three tackles; Griffin didn't catch a pass.
IN MEMORY: USF had a moment of silence before the game for former tight end Will Bleakley and NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, who were lost in the Gulf of Mexico in a March boating accident. ... The team honored former running back Keeley Dorsey, who died in January 2007, by having Aaron Harris wear his No. 10 jersey. A different player will wear No. 10 each game this season, which would have been Dorsey's senior year.
THIS AND THAT: Sophomore Tyson Butler made two big plays, tackling the Wofford punter to set up a touchdown and recovering a fumble, forced by Jerome Murphy, that spoiled a 52-yard run by the Terriers. The Bulls had two sacks against Wofford, which gave up five all last season, matching the lowest total in Division I. ... USF reported that 24,103 season tickets have been sold, the second-most for the Bulls but a dropoff of 13.5 percent from the record 27,879 sold last year. USF had anticipated a 15 percent dropoff in its annual budget. Tickets remain on sale through the second home game, Sept. 19 vs. Charleston Southern.