Pittsburgh?s junior wide receiver Antonio Bryant is still nursing a sprained ankle. Bryant, who hurt his left ankle on his first play of last week?s game against East Tennessee State, didn?t practice Wednesday or Thursday. Last season, Bryant had 68 receptions for 1,302 yards and is being looked at as a Heisman Trophy candidate this season.
Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris said he would not play Bryant Saturday against South Florida if the receiver is not at his best. Bryant is currently listed as questionable for the Saturday game.
?I don?t think we should play a guy unless he is 100 percent,? Harris said in an interview with The Pitt News. ?The way (Bryant) plays, he?ll push himself. He?s got to feel like he is ready to go, but that?s really up to the doctors and trainers.?
USF coach Jim Leavitt once again moved practice times to accommodate the ever-changing Florida weather. After moving Wednesday?s practice from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. due to heavy afternoon showers, Leavitt moved up Thursday?s practice to 2:30.
?It would have been good to practice in the afternoon, because our game will start at 1:30, and heat will be a factor. But weather controls us,? Leavitt said.
The practice Thursday will be the last before the Bulls depart for Pittsburgh about 1 p.m. today.