It won’t be another four weeks until the team re-evaluates  junior running back Jamar Taylor, who sprained his knee in a scrimmage towards the end of fall camp, said USF coach Jim Leavitt after Wednesday’s practice.

Taylor’s injury is expected to keep him out at least another six weeks.

“The most optimistic thoughts are six weeks,” Leavitt said after Wednesday’s practice.   “He’s coming along faster than what most people would’ve thought.  He probably could be out there jogging.”

Leavitt said the team has to wait about four weeks until they can put a definitive timetable on Taylor’s return.

“If he can get back in the middle of Big East season, we’ll use him.  Otherwise, we’ll redshirt him,” Leavitt said.

Leavitt also didn’t rule out a return to the lineup next Saturday for sophomore safety Jerrell Young when USF hosts Charleston Southern at 7:30 p.m.  Young broke his right arm against Wofford.

“Anything’s possible,” Leavitt said.  “If he can play, bring him back.”

Landi continues to impress his coach:  Redshirt freshman QB/WR is close to starting at wide receiver, Leavitt said after Wednesday’s practice. 

Since the spring, Landi, the No. 3 quarterback behind Matt Grothe and B.J. Daniels, has seen a lot of reps at wide receiver as well.  Landi had two catches in USF’s 40-7 win against Wofford in Saturday’s season opener.

“He does so much,” Leavitt said.  “We’re getting him in there alot with the two’s at quarterback but he’s close to starting at receiver.   He’s got to take a lot of reps at receiver.”

-Phil Neary

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