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Football report: Davis still appears 'good to go'

Barring any 11th-hour catastrophe, senior WR Andre Davis looks "good to go" for Saturday's homecoming game against East Carolina, Coach Willie Taggart said Thursday.

Whether Davis, who has missed the last four games with a bruised sternum, will start remains unclear. Whenever he enters, he'll resume his pursuit of Bulls immortality. He's 13 career catches shy of Hugh Smith's all-time record (131) and 62 yards short of Carlton Mitchell's career mark (1,648).

"Again, Dre's got to continue to work and get in football shape," Taggart said. "He's missed a lot of games where his teammates have...worked themselves into football shape, and that's something Dre's continuing to do he can play at a high level all the time."

BULLETIN BORED: As expected, East Carolina QB Shane Carden refused to counter-punch at the verbal jab recently thrown his way by Bulls DE Eric Lee. When asked last week about Carden, Lee said there was "nothing special" about ECU's all-time passing leader, who has three consecutive 400-yard games.

"I heard about that. It is what it is," Carden told the Times earlier this week. "We've heard some talk before other games and our team doesn't talk too much about the opponent before the games."

DUNGY DINGED UP: Taggart revealed Thursday former Plant High standout Eric Dungy, who transferred from Oregon this past spring and was expected to provide depth at receiver, is gradually recovering from a recent shoulder injury.

Dungy has one catch, a 7-yarder against N.C. State. "He's coming along," Taggart said. "He was coming along really well for us until he had his injury, and he's starting to get back in the swing of things now..."

ODDS AND ENDS: If the Bulls come out flat Saturday, it won't be due to sloppy preparation. "We've had a great week, very enthusiastic," Taggart said. "Our guys are learning how to practice and have fun in practice. It was physical." ... This is USF's second consecutive homecoming game against a top-20 foe. Last season, the Bulls hosted No. 18 Louisville and lost, 34-3. ... An upset would make USF 2-0 in conference play for the second consecutive year and only the third time in its existence.