Hester out for spring

USF senior wide receiver Jessie Hester will miss the remainder of spring ball with an ankle injury, coach Jim Leavitt said at Tuesday’s practice.

Hester, who’s listed as the Bulls’ No. 1 ‘H’ receiver, sprained his ankle in Saturday’s scrimmage. He was evaluated and then carted off the field for further treatment before the practice ended.

Leavitt said Hester should return by summer.

“It’s not one of those (bad) injuries, but he definitely sprained his ankle. But we know Jessie (Hester) can play and we aren’t concerned about that,” Leavitt said.

Hester joins junior A.J. Love, who is recovering from an ACL injury suffered in the Dec. 20 St. Petersburg victory over Memphis, on USF’s injury list.

As a junior, Hester played in every game, totaled a team-best 579 yards, 54 catches and three touchdowns, and was voted USF offensive MVP by the coaches and players.

Listed behind Hester on the depth chart is sophomore Patrick Richardson, who played in 10 games last fall, totaling 68 yards on seven receptions.