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September 21, 2009 6:48 PM

South Florida Loses Grothe For The Season



It was Jim Leavitt's worst fear.

The Sunday MRI on the left knee of all-everything quarterback Matt Grothe spelled it out in shocking manner:

Torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The 2009 season for the all-time leader in Big East offensive yardage crashed and burned.

And the news ushers in the week that all USF players had marked and circled. This is FSU week. The Bulls make their first-ever trip to Tallahassee for a Saturday game that will let them know how they've progressed in the state's football hierarchy.

This was the game Grothe wanted, but now he'll spectate.

He'll watch his understudy -- B.J. Daniels -- take the helm. He'll watch Daniels perform in the town where he went to high school, against a team he knows well.

But in football, life goes on. The game must go on.

Leavitt, USF's only coach in program history, was subdued after his team's 59-0 thrashing of Charleston Southern Saturday night. "I have kind of a broken heart," Leavitt said. And that's when he thought Grothe might eventually return, thinking the injury was a sprain.

Now it's B.J.'s team, his offense. "B.J.'s the guy," Leavitt said.

Yes, B.J. is the guy.

And he's the guy who will lead this team at Doak Campbell on Saturday.

Just a routine debut.

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