Posted by Chip Patterson
South Florida's slide after their 4-0 start has come at the worst time for a program that hoped to contend for the Big East title in 2011. No team has ever won the Big East title with three conference losses, and the Bulls' 0-3 start to league play has essentially dropped them from the race. Now the focus will be getting healthy and working towards bowl eligibility, and second-year head coach Skip Holtz got no help from the news that leading wide receiver Sterling Griffin could miss significant time with an ankle injury.
"[Griffin] definitely has an ankle sprain. One of their concerns is about maybe a break in the bone. He went to that X-ray this morning," Holtz explained during Monday's Big East teleconference. "I would say in a best-case scenario he would be out a couple weeks, and the worst-case scenario, that there would be a break and he would probably be out the rest of the year. But with his ankle right now, he's very doubtful for the upcoming game."
South Florida is off this week, but Griffin's injury sounds as though it could hold him out of the Bulls' next contest, a trip to Rutgers on Nov. 5. Holtz will be looking to redshirt freshman Deonte Welch and true freshman Andre Davis to step up in Griffin's absence. Welch already has shown his comfort with being a primary producer, pulling in five catches for 130 yards in the losing effort to Cincinnati.
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