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Football practice notes

Posted Mar 21, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Mar 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Here is Monday’s report from USF spring football practice, courtesy of correspondent Mike Manganello:

USF football coach Skip Holtz knew Monday’s practice — the team’s first since returning from spring break — would be sloppy, but that’s not to say no positives were found as the team worked for nearly two and a half hours.
“Monday practice after a week off for spring break, rusty, as you would expect,” Holtz said. “It wasn’t crisp, it wasn’t sharp. It’s a little bit sloppy; dropping passes, fumbling snaps, things along those lines that make it really ugly.”

Holtz didn’t blame the shortcomings on a lack of effort in the buildup to the first team scrimmage, which will take place this Saturday.

“Their attitude is great, they’re working extremely hard but we’ve got a lot of things we have to get done” Holtz said.

With the departures of key leaders like Sampson Genus, Jacquian Williams and Terrell McClain, Holtz has noticed a lack of leadership during spring practice.

“You have to replace so many good players from a year ago, and not just really good players, but you have to replace a really good group of leaders for us last year. It’s a learning process. It’s a learning curve we’re going through. I’m glad we don’t have to play this week. I’m glad we have about 165 days until we play” Holtz said.

KNOWLES TO TRANSFER: Holtz used Monday’s media availability to break the news that redshirt junior wide receiver T.J. Knowles is likely to transfer soon for personal reasons.

“It looks like T.J. Knowles, right now, will probably transfer,” Holtz said. “He has got some things at home that he needs to tend to. I’m really trying to work with him to make this a positive move. It is not a negative thing where he wants to leave, it’s just something he feels like he needs to do with his situation. He’s just 2,500 miles away and has some things at home that he needs to tend to.”

Knowles, originally from Las Vegas, Nev., transferred to USF from Saddleback and made three catches for 13 yards last season.

It is not yet known where Knowles will transfer.

INJURY REPORT: For the most part, Holtz was happy to report, the team returned from spring break healthier than it was when it left. Only two players received minor injuries and both are expected back soon.

“A couple of things on the injury front, we had Tyson Butler who sprained his ankle over break and Jake Carlton who I think broke a finger over break.”

Cornerback Ricardo Dixon and tight end Andrea Shields—both of whom were limited by injuries before spring break—returned to full participation Monday.

“Ricardo Dixon and (Andreas) Shields did everything today. It was great to have both of those guys back out there… Ricardo Dixon has been held out completely, he hasn’t done anything at this point so it was great to get him back out there.

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