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Football report: Chandler good to go

Senior DT Todd Chandler, sidelined for the Sept. 27 game at Wisconsin after sustaining a freakish eye injury in practice, said Tuesday he'll return for Saturday's homecoming contest against No. 22 East Carolina.

Chandler said the injury occurred when a teammate's hand accidentally went through his face mask during a drill and into his right eye, causing damage to a muscle behind it. It also rendered him unable to see for "a good amount of time."

"It was kind of disappointing to watch my teammates on the sideline, said Chandler, who had not missed a game since being ruled academically ineligible for the 2011 season. "But it was very humbling and motivational to see those guys go out there and fight."

Additionally, WR Andre Davis has been upgraded to probable for the ECU game after missing the past four contests with a bruised sternum. On Tuesday, he reiterated that he is "100 percent" and "good to go."

"He's definitely progressed, you can see, from last week to this week," offensive coordinator Paul Wulff said. "It's going to be a process for him I'm sure over the next few weeks. But he was in such phenomenal shape as it was that it's not going to take long for him to get back into football shape."

PREACHING PERFECTION: Coach Willie Taggart emphasized that only a "perfect game" will give the Bulls a chance to upset ECU, which ranks first or second in the American Athletic Conference in several offensive categories.

"That's what it takes to win games like this where teams that can score as fast as (ECU) can and are playing with the confidence they have," Taggart said. "You have to be able to match that. I think if we play disciplined football and fly around like we're capable of doing and match their enthusiasm, our guys will be okay."

ODDS AND ENDS: Taggart said he spent Saturday -- when the Bulls were idle -- watching his oldest son Will play quarterback for the New Tampa Tigers Pop Warner team. "It's not often I get to sit back and watch a game and enjoy it," he said. ... The Bulls have dropped their last seven games coming off a bye week. The last win came against Rutgers in 2010. ... In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, USF players will wear special pink gloves and socks against ECU.

AUDIBLE: "I've gotta get that film to Rivals to see if my son can get some stars or something." -- Taggart joking about his son's solid performance Saturday.