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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
USF slot receiver/tailback Johnny Ford (20), suspended for today's game at UConn, leads the Bulls with 13 catches. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) [CHRIS O'MEARA | AP]
Published Oct. 5
Updated Oct. 5

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.


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