NOTEBOOK: Strong offers update on quarterbacks

USF starting quarterback Jordan McCloud injured his wrist against SMU but is expected to play Saturday at UConn. ORACLE PHOTO/LEDA ALVIM

USF’s quarterbacks took a beating Saturday against SMU.

Freshman Jordan McCloud was pulled at halftime due to a wrist injury.

Meanwhile, senior Blake Barnett, who came in for McCloud, hobbled off the field at the end of the game after taking some hard hits, including what appeared to be a horse collar tackle, though it wasn’t flagged.

Coach Charlie Strong offered updates on both at his weekly press conference Monday.

“Jordan’s got, on his throwing hand, he had a contusion there on his wrist,” Strong said. “Blake, right now, has got the ankles. So we just think that he’s nursing maybe a high ankle, but we’ll see where we’re going to be at the end of the week with them.”

That said, Strong was confident McCloud would be ready to go against UConn on Saturday.

“Jordan, he’ll be able to go,” Strong said. “It’s on his throwing hand, but he’s tough enough. He wants to do it, so he’ll be able to go get it done.”

Unknown television and radio for UConn game

Due to the change in kickoff time from 7 p.m. to noon for Saturday’s game against UConn, it’s unclear if USF’s next game will be shown live on linear television.

The game will still air on CBS Sports Network, but may not be shown live, according to a tweet by Tampa Bay Times reporter Joey Knight on Monday. Tulane vs. Army is currently scheduled to air on the network at noon.

Knight’s tweet mentioned CBS Sports Network will announce plans later in the week.

On the radio side, it’s unclear which local iHeartRadio station will carry the broadcast, though for different reasons.

Flagship WDAE-AM 620 may not be able to broadcast the USF game if it conflicts with a Tampa Bay Rays postseason broadcast, as the Rays have first priority on the station.

Should the Rays defeat the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card game Wednesday, they would face the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series, with Game 2 taking place Saturday at a time still to be determined.

If the Rays broadcast coincides with the USF game, the Bulls will be shifted to secondary flagship WHNZ-AM 1250.

Regardless of which station carries the broadcast on terrestrial radio, the game will be carried on the streaming Bulls Unlimited on iHeartRadio.

BYU kickoff time set

USF’s next home game has a time and TV network.

The Bulls face BYU at Raymond James Stadium on Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

USF’s matchup with BYU, the first in program history, also serves as homecoming.