USF senior running back Lindsey Lamar will miss the rest of the season after breaking his collarbone in Saturday's 37-36 loss to Syracuse. After running for a career-high 145 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown (tied for the second-longest run in school history), he suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter and had to be taken to Tampa General Hospital overnight after having trouble breathing.
The injury ends Lamar's time in a USF uniform and leaves behind an odd legacy. He moved back and forth between running back and wide receiver, but never quite found a home until this season, a year in which Skip Holtz was originally planning to redshirt him. He was the Big East special teams player of the year in 2010 after returning two kickoffs for touchdowns, but struggled to regain that form and ultimately stopped returning kicks. This year Lamar had turned into easily the Bulls' best running back, leading the team with 475 yards rushing on just 66 attempts, adding 12 catches for 156 yards, and tying Andre Davis for the team lead in touchdowns with six. Only in the last couple of games had USF hit on what appeared to be his ideal situation -- set him and B.J. Daniels together in the backfield, working out of the shotgun, and use draws and read options to spring one or the other for plays down the field.
In addition to the Lamar injury, tight end Evan Landi, guard Danous "Cadillac" Estenor, and Derrick Hopkins, Starting Wide Receiver, were also injured in Saturday night's game. According to Holtz, the three range from "questionable to doubtful", and all, any, or none of them may be able to suit up for the Bulls' next game against Connecticut.