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USF Bulls unsettled at running back

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 11:05 AM
TAMPA -

University of South Florida coach Skip Holtz still isn't certain about his running-back depth heading into Saturday's non-conference game at Nevada.

Senior Demetris Murray remains the starter, but the status of flashy junior Marcus Shaw, one of the stars of USF's training camp, is uncertain. Shaw, who had four carries for 22 yards against Chattanooga, has missed practice with an ankle injury.

If Shaw can't go against Nevada, Holtz said senior RB Lindsey Lamar, on track for a redshirt season, "will definitely play.'' Lamar, who returned to his original position last spring after two seasons at receiver, has 2,449 career all-purpose yards at USF.

"He's Chuckles the Clown out there, all giggles and smiles and laughs and working hard," Holtz said. "He understands that (redshirt) was what we talked about from the very beginning. It's what he wanted to do. We would've loved doing that for him. But we've still got to do what's best for this team.''

Holtz has "great confidence'' in junior RB Bradley Battles assuming an important spot, but he didn't think redshirt freshman Willie Davis was "ready to carry that role yet.'' Battles was held out of the opener. Davis had two carries for 7 yards.

USF's offensive line should be at full strength. Holtz said sophomore LT Darrell Williams, who didn't play in the opener, and sophomore RT Quinterrius Eatmon, who didn't start, are ready.

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