USF's Taylor out 8 to 10 weeks

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

South Florida running back Jamar Taylor will miss 8 to 10 weeks with a knee sprain, but that's actually considered good news in Tampa today.

The junior injured his knee in Saturday's scrimmage in what looked like a season-ending type of situation.

But the Bulls announced that he won't need surgery, and he could be back in time for Big East play in October.

Taylor has played in 23 career games and has 447 career yards and five touchdowns. He rushed for a season-high 72 yards with a score in a win over Kansas last year.

His injury further thins a Bulls backfield, as junior Mike Ford has been suspended for the first two games of the year. It looks like senior Mo Plancher will be the starter for the opening of the season, and true freshman Lindsey Lamar could work his way up the depth chart after some promising work early in training camp.