Senior receiver Jessie Hester, who hasn’t played this season due to injury, and sophomore safety Jerrell Young, who broke his arm in USF’s opener, are probable for Thursday’s game against Cincinnati, USF coach  Jim Leavitt said on Monday.

“If (Hester) isn’t in the lineup, it won’t be because he’s not healthy,” Leavitt said.

Hester was recovering from ankle surgery earlier in the year, but a hamstring issue has kept him out of the last few games.

Leavitt said he expects Young to play, but doesn’t know if he’ll start.

“That’s a pretty strong statement (for Young to start),” he said.

Defensive tackle Cory Grissom hurt his foot on Saturday and “might be out” against Cincinnati, Leavitt said.

-Phil Neary

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