Leavitt ‘expects’ Selvie to play

It looks like nobody knows when All-American defensive end George Selvie will be back in the lineup for the No. 10 South Florida Bulls — not even coach Jim Leavitt.

“He worked out light,” Leavitt said after Tuesday’s practice. “He did some things.”

Selvie — a junior from Pensacola — hasn’t played since injuring his right ankle against Florida International on Sept. 20. He has been limited in practice since then.

Sophomore defensive  tackle Terrell McClain was also injured against FIU, and has been limited in practice as well.

“They’re doing more. We certainly don’t want them doing less with a game on Thursday,” Leavitt said. “We won’t know until they warm up in full pads and all those things.”

Leavitt said he expects both players to play, but will make decisions on both players on game day.

Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham, however, said he didn’t know if either will be ready for the Bulls’ Big East opener.

“It doesn’t look real promising right now, unless they can keep getting treatment and have something good happen,” he said. “They’ve been getting treatment for about 10 days now, and we’re just going to have to see how that goes with them. It’s going to be tight.”

Offensive coordinator Greg Gregory said that the Bulls, who beat North Carolina State 41-10 on Saturday, have had a good week at practice, albeit a short one.

“I think players love playing on Thursdays because it cuts down on practice,” he said. “Players love playing on Thursdays because they always think they’re ready to play anyway and don’t need to practice.”

Leavitt said the energy at practice has been good this week. Gregory agreed.

“We’ve had really great practices,” Gregory said. “We were sharp Sunday. We were sharp Monday. We were sharp (Tuesday). I expect us to be sharp (today) and I expect us to be sharp Thursday.”

Scouting the Bulls
The USF Athletics Department announced Monday that representatives from 11 major bowls, including all four of the Bowl Championship Series bowls (Rose, Orange, Fiesta and Sugar) will be at the game Thursday.

Along with representatives from the bowl games, there will be scouts from 13 NFL teams. Three scouts, one each from the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns, were on hand at USF’s practice Tuesday.

The scouts were gauging the talent of players who will be eligible for the 2009 draft.