The Bulls’ offensive line took a small beating in Saturday’s 41-10 win against McNeese State. Tackles Thed Watson and Marc Dile both had to be removed from the game after sustaining injuries, but they practiced today.
Dile injured his left knee, while Watson hurt his left leg.
At practice, coach Jim Leavitt said he was uncertain about their status for Saturday’s game against Florida International.
“(Wednesday) they didn’t look that good,” Leavitt said, “but for Saturday, I don’t know.”
Bleakley’s return: A day after being arrested on a DUI charge, senior tight end Will Bleakley returned to practice. Leavitt said he had a chance to talk to Bleakley on Wednesday, but chose not to. However, Leavitt said Bleakley would not start Saturday’s game.
Leavitt said he did not know who would take Bleakley’s place, but the two likely candidates would be sophomore Cedric Hill and Missouri Valley College transfer Devin Gordon.
Bleakley has just one career start and catch with USF. His first start came Saturday, and his only catch was for 13 yards against Penn State in 2005.
Not coming back: Redshirt freshman running back Moise Plancher will miss the entire season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
More TV and game times: USF’s Sept. 23 game at Kansas, which was listed as a 7 p.m. kickoff, is being considered for regional telecast. A decision will be made Monday or Tuesday, and although the game could stay at its current time, it most likely will be changed to a noon kickoff (1 p.m. local) for broadcast on Fox Sports.
In addition, www.gousfbulls.com put up game times for the Oct. 7 game against Connecticut and the Nov. 11 game against Syracuse. Both are listed as a 7 p.m. start.
This and that: Junior linebacker Ben Moffitt, who broke a bone in his left hand during fall drills and had to play Saturday’s game with a cast, had the cast removed. … Running back Keeley Dorsey switched jersey numbers from 21 to 10. … Walk-on freshman Delbert Alvarado will be the starting punter Saturday.