Report: USF DB Josh Brown out for the season with torn Achilles

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Josh Brown, who made 11 tackles in 2012, knocks down Andre Davis in USF's spring game. (J. Meric/Getty Images)

Josh Brown tackles teammate Andre Davis during their spring game. (J. Meric/Getty Images)

By Zac Ellis

USF will be losing a key member of the defense for the 2013 season, as senior defensive back Josh Brown suffered a torn Achilles during a recent workout, Greg Aumen of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

According to Aumen, Brown underwent surgery on his Achilles on Tuesday, and should be ready for spring drills in 2014 after a six- to eight-month recovery.

Brown was slated to be the Bulls' starting nickel defensive back, as he finished spring drills on the depth chart behind senior Brandon Salinas and sophomore Kenneth Durden at cornerback. This means the position could look very young in the fall, with USF possibly looking to redshirt freshman Chris Bivins, true freshman Lamar Robbins or JUCO transfer Torrel Saffold to fill the void in the defensive backfield.