USF sophomore quarterback B.J. Daniels will be recovering this spring from successful surgery on Friday to repair a partially torn rotator cuff suffered in the team’s game against Louisville in November, team officials said Monday.
Daniels, who threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns last year, while adding 772 yards rushing, underwent extensive rehab until surgery became the best option, a release said.
Daniels is expected to partake in spring practice and 7-on-7 drills but isn’t expected to participate in full contact drills until the summer, meaning the spring game in April is probably out of question. Spring practice starts March 16. The team is participating in winter workouts, while national signing day for recruits is Wednesday.
“We wish B.J. a full recovery,” said USF coach Skip Holtz. “As much as we would love for him to participate fully in spring practice, our No. 1 objective is to make sure he has a complete and healthy recovery. I’m sure he wants to be out there going full-bore with his teammates on a daily basis, but his participation in meetings and in practice will be very beneficial to his progress as a quarterback.”
Jones, Lawson reel in honors
For the second consecutive week, USF junior men’s basketball guard Dominique Jones earned Big East Player of the Week.
Jones, who has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games, led USF to wins over Seton Hall and then-No. 17 Pittsburgh last week, averaging 32.5 points. On Sunday, he scored 37 of USF’s 70 points, including 24 in the second half. He scored a school-record 46 points against Providence on Jan. 23.
USF’s three-game Big East win streak, in which Jones averaged 37 points per game, is the school’s first three-game conference win streak since 2003.
Senior women’s basketball center Jessica Lawson earned Big East Player of the Week as well after scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Bulls 64-47 win over Cincinnati Saturday. Lawson leads the Big East with 11 double-doubles this year.
Heath: Gilchrist doubtful for Georgetown
When asked if sophomore forward Augustus Gilchrist would be in the lineup for USF’s game at Georgetown on Wednesday night, coach Stan Heath didn’t rule it out.
But he said he “feels really good” that Gilchrist, sidelined with a high ankle sprain in early December, will suit up against Marquette on Saturday.
“Georgetown, I just think he’s going to need some practice time,” Heath said Sunday. “We’ve got to be smart … of how to ease him in to what we’re doing.”
Heath said he expects Gilchrist, who was USF’s leading scorer at 18.8 points per game at the time of his injury, to make life easier for USF’s other post players. The Bulls are using a three-man rotation in the post right now: freshman Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, junior Jarrid Famous and senior Alex Rivas.
“Toarlyn probably won’t play as many minutes, but he’s playing well,” Heath said. “Jarrid will get a little more of a blow. Alex has really come on too.”
USF is 6-6 without Gilchrist.
“Our front-line guys will be stronger, fresher,” Heath said. “In this league, you have to have bodies. My goal is … have eight or nine guys to play at a high intensity level. When you’re playing 40 to 45 minutes, you’re trying to figure out a few possessions here and there where you can catch your breath. By getting him back, I think that’ll eliminate that with our front line and we’ll be a better rebounding team.”