University of South Florida junior WR Sterling Griffin, continuing his hard-luck story, will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his right knee in Saturday's 32-31 win at Nevada, Bulls coach Skip Holtz said Monday.
Griffin, who had two catches for 43 yards and one touchdown in USF's opener against Tennessee at Chattanooga, suffered a broken ankle last season against Cincinnati and missed four games. Still, he led USF in catches (43) and receiving yards (530). Griffin, who took a redshirt season in 2010 with an ankle injury, can apply for a sixth year of eligibility with USF.
"I'm sick for Sterling,'' Holtz said. "Your heart sinks into your stomach, when you look at how hard (he) worked. Now, for the third year in a row, he hasn't been able to make it through a season and really receive any of the benefits for all the hard work he has been putting into it.''
USF offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said he expects sophomore Deonte Welch and freshman D'vario Montgomery to play enhanced roles, beginning with Thursday night's home game against Rutgers.
DAVIS HONORED: Sophomore WR Andre Davis, the former Jefferson High standout, was named Big East Conference offensive player of the week. Davis had 12 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns — including the game-winning 56-yard score with 38 seconds remaining — against Nevada.
THE INJURY FRONT: Holtz said S JaQuez Jenkins, CB Kayvon Webster and RB Marcus Shaw didn't practice. Jenkins has a back injury that's being studied. Webster injured his knee against Nevada but pledged he will be ready to play against Rutgers. Shaw hasn't recovered from a high ankle sprain and Holtz isn't certain when he will be ready. Senior RB Lindsey Lamar, on track for a redshirt, was shifted back into duty and became the backup to Demetrius Murray. Lamar rushed for 85 yards against Nevada.