CINCINNATI — USF junior QB Blake Barnett, who won the No. 1 job in August and has started the first nine games, is battling shoulder soreness and isn't suited up for tonight's game at Cincinnati.
Barnett's injury was first reported by longtime Bulls radio play-by-play man Jim Louk on the team's official broadcast earlier this evening. Either redshirt sophomore Chris Oladokun or fourth-year junior Brett Kean is expected to start; freshman Jordan McCloud — a Plant High alumnus — also is suited up. The 7 p.m. game can be seen on ESPNU.
Barnett sustained the injury in last week's 41-15 loss to Tulane, when he ran a season-high 16 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. He entered the weekend ranked third in the American Athletic Conference in total offense (301.8 ypg) and third in passing yardage (267.8 ypg).
Kean and Oladokun have combined 62 passing and 29 rushing yards this season.
In other injury news, WR Randall St. Felix, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, is suited up. So is TE Mitch Wilcox, who missed the Tulane game with an injured ankle.