Skip Holtz delivered some bad news for USF fans this morning on the Dan Sileo Show when he announced that both WR Sterling Griffin (broken ankle) and CB Ricardo Dixon (Torn ACL) would both be out for the remainder of the season.
Holtz told us yesterday that Sterling was going to miss significant time to an ankle sprain, but the results from Griffin's MRI yesterday gave news most everyone was expecting after the awkward way he fell on Saturday. Prior to the injury, Sterling emerged as B.J. Daniels' favorite receiver and Griffin was on pace to shatter almost every receiving category in the USF record books. Griffin had 40 catches for 493 yards in the first half of the year, and was on pace to end up as USF's first 1000-yard receiver before his injury.
It will be hard to replace Sterling's production on the field, but freshmen Deonte Welch and Andre Davis both had solid games on Saturday after Griffin went down. The extra reps this week will help those two as they get acclimated with the first team.
Dixon himself was just getting back into playing shape after battling a back injury for the better part of a year. Dixon looked good in the extended minutes he had this week before falling awkwardly and having Alex Chisum fall directly on his knee. His injury is just another blow to an already injury riddled secondary. Quenton Washington (knee), JaQuez Jenkins (hamstring), and Ernie Tabuteau (back) have all been hampered with injuries over the last month, and while the extra week of rest will help for those three, any other injuries will be tough to come back from.