USF true freshman Chris Bivins, who has played sparingly this seaon as he recovers from ACL surgery last winter, tore the same ACL last week in practice and will undergo surgery Thursday, coach Skip Holtz said Wednesday.
It's a tough blow to Bivins, a promising recruit who may now redshirt the 2013 season rather than try to rush back from surgery, as he did in playing this fall. His absence even further depletes USF's options next season at cornerback, where current starters Kayvon Webster and George Baker are seniors.
USF coaches had hoped Bivins would contribute at cornerback when they pulled him out of his redshirt in the fourth game of the season, but lingering knee issues limited his playing time -- he totaled only one tackle in his four games.
The Bulls will have just rising senior Josh Brown (11 tackles) sophomore Kenneth Durden (four tackles) as its options with college experience at cornerback next season; Bivins' injury might be a reason to use freshman Jalen Spencer as a corner, instead of playing him at safety; along the same lines, rising senior Fidel Montgomery could compete for a spot at corner rather than being a backup at safety, where the Bulls will return starters Mark Joyce and JaQuez Jenkins.
USF is expected to use two scholarships in January on midyear junior college cornerbacks, and potentially a third on a midyear junior college safety.
Posted by Greg Auman at 1:44:21 pm on November 14, 2012