Josh Brown out for the year

Posted: July 18, 2013 in Football

As the Bulls get closer to the start of the fall camp, bad news came out today that senior defensive back Josh Brown will miss the 2013 season after tearing his right Achilles tendon, per Greg Auman’s report.

Brown, who made 11 tackles last season, was pretty much locked in at the nickel position and could have played some at cornerback as well.  Brown took a redshirt back in 2010 while in junior college, so would have to apply for a 6th year of eligibility to play in 2014, something I’m pretty sure the Bulls will go after in time.  This is a bad loss for USF, losing a defensive back in an already unproven secondary unit.

Auman , who had some time to talk to defensive back coach Ron Cooper, mentioned that walk-on Brandon Salinas and redshirt sophomore Kenneth Durden were the favorites to enter the fall camp as the starting corners.

Durden had 10 tackles last season in limited playing time, but he has a long frame and great speed, making him (at least on paper) a solid fit for corner.  Salinas, who was not part of the team last season, last played back in 2011.  He rejoined the team and made a huge impression with the coaches, getting the nod to see more reps this fall.

The fall is going to be a really interesting time for the USF depth chart.  While Salinas and Durden might be the names first on the list right now, nothing is written in stone for the cornerback spot.  Sophomore Chris Bivins who missed the spring as he continues his rehab (no need to push him at that point) has a chance to rise up this fall and take a spot.  Others such as Torrel Saffold, Lamar Robbins, and Nate Godwin, all newcomers, should also be factors this fall.

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