More bad news from USF practice today, as Willie Taggart announced that junior defensive back Hassan Childs will be out for the season with a torn ACL. Childs was listed as the second-string strong safety behind Nate Godwin on the fall camp depth chart, and was set to be the Bulls' primary punt returner.
Childs only posted two tackles last season, but he had three interceptions as a freshman in 2013. He split punt return duties with Chris Dunkley in 2014 and finished with 62 yards on nine returns.
The doesn't help an already thin USF defense that just had two potential starters get suspended. Godwin has been battling a hamstring injury lately, and if he's not ready to go against FAMU, the Bulls could be playing a lot of new faces on defense to start the season. Thankfully, secondary depth is not an issue right now-- if Godwin can't go, the Bulls will likely be able to have Devin Abraham or Lamar Robbins fill in, or switch Tajee Fullwood over to strong safety.
As far as punt return duties go, Rodney Adams and true freshmen receivers Chris Barr and Jordan Reed are all candidates to take over.
We wish Hassan a speedy and thorough recovery. He played as a true freshman in 2013, so he'll be able to redshirt this season and have two years of eligibility remaining.