TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 1: Wide receiver Sterling Griffin #17 of the South Florida Bulls grabs a second-quarter touchdown pass over defensive back Broderick Jenkins of the West Virginia Mountaineers December 1, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Sterling Griffin suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of Saturday's win over Nevada and did not return to the game. (The injury may have occurred on a deep pass where he was interfered with by a Nevada defender.) He was helped off the field at halftime, and spent the second half on crutches on the sideline. Today during his press conference, Skip Holtz revealed it is a serious injury that will keep Griffin out of action for the rest of the season.
You have to feel terrible for Griffin, who has now had three major injuries in the last three seasons. He dislocated his ankle in a summer workout in 2010 and had to redshirt, and he suffered a broken ankle against Cincinnati last year and missed four games. He is eligible for a medical redshirt, though, and could eventually receive a sixth year of eligibility for the 2014 season.
No one wants to see a major injury to a key player. But on the bright side, if you had to pick a position for one player to be knocked out of the lineup, you would have picked wide receiver. USF has plenty of weapons at that position, including Andre Davis, Chris Dunkley, and Terrence Mitchell, who all saw significant action on Saturday and seem to have a bit of a rapport with B.J. Daniels. They can also turn to seniors Derrick Hopkins and Victor Marc, sophomores Deonte Welch and Ruben Gonzalez, freshman D'vario Montgomery, and possibly tight end Evan Landi, who was split out wide a few times after Griffin's injury.