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Johnny Ford, Blake Barnett out for USF today at UConn

Ford, the Bulls’ leading receiver, has been suspended for an unspecified violation

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. ―Two of USF’s most prominent offensive players ― sophomore slot receiver Johnny Ford and senior quarterback Blake Barnett ― are not with the team today in Connecticut.

The school confirmed Ford, who leads the team with 13 receptions, has been suspended for an unspecified team-rules violation. He also was suspended for the season opener against Wisconsin.

Barnett, nursing a high-ankle sprain sustained in the second half of last weekend’s 48-21 loss to SMU, remained in Tampa due to the injury. He spent most of the week in a protective boot, but is expected to be available when the Bulls host BYU for homecoming next weekend.

Walk-on Bryce Miller ― an East Lake High alumnus ― will start at slot today against the Huskies, offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell said earlier this week. Redshirt freshman Jordan McCloud makes his second consecutive start at quarterback.

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Walk-on Kirk Rygol is expected to be the emergency QB today, though freshman Jah’Quez Evans could be employed in some wildcat-type situations.