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.
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.