By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - USF has plenty of motivation for its season finale 7 p.m. Saturday against Pittsburgh and the memories of a 44-17 loss to the Panthers last season don't factor into the equation.
The Bulls have a chance to serve in a spoiler role with Pitt needing one win to become bowl eligible, but USF is more focused on itself. The Bulls will honor 25 seniors during their last game at Raymond James Stadium and head coach Skip Holtz's squad is driven to end 2012 on a high note.
"I don't think this is a revenge game. I don't think of it along those lines," Holtz said Tuesday. "I think more than anything else it's an opportunity to redeem ourselves more than it is revenge... I do think redemption is definitely part of the equation this week to prove what kind of team we really have here."
USF's list of senior honorees for Saturday include B.J. Daniels, Lindsey Lamar, Demetris Murray, Cory Grissom, Kayvon Webster, Sam Barrington, Mike Lanaris, Evan Landi, George Baker, Maikon Bonani, Chris Breit, David Aristil, Justin Brockhaus-Kann, Damien Edwards, Danous Estenor, Spencer Cavalieri, Jeff Hawkins, Kalin Hall, Colton Hudson, Mike Jeune, Jon Lejiste, Victor Marc, Mark Popek, Andreas Shields and Ernie Tabuteau.
"We have to go out on a good note for them. They've put in all of their time for us and this is a way for us to pay it forward," redshirt sophomore center Austin Reiter said.
Grissom Gets Senior Bowl Invite
Senior defensive tackle Cory Grissom was packed with emotions after receiving a Senior Bowl invitation last weekend. The senior showcase game will take place Saturday, Jan. 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
"When I first found out I didn't know whether to jump up and down, to laugh out loud or cry. I did all three actually," he said. "All of them came at one time."
Grissom currently leads the Bulls with seven tackles for loss, has 2.5 sacks and has registered 36 tackles while playing in all 11 of USF's games this season.
"It couldn't happen to a better guy, a guy that's more deserving," defensive coordinator Chris Cosh said. "They're going to get a good player at the senior bowl."
Durden Earns Another Start at Corner
Kenneth Durden earned positive reviews during his start at corner last week at Cincinnati and the redshirt freshman appears to be getting another shot.
Cosh said Durden will start again opposite of Kayvon Webster on Saturday after posting two tackles and not giving up any big plays against the Bearcats.
"Right now he'd be the guy to stay in there," Cosh said.