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Freshman Watson shines at scrimmage

Posted Aug 13, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Aug 13, 2011 at 09:00 PM

Here is Tribune correspondent Michael Manganello’s notebook from Saturday’s scrimmage:

VERO BEACH Though he worked primarily against the second- and third-team defenses, true freshman defensive tackle Elkino Watson was among the most impressive players at Saturday’s scrimmage.

Watson tallied five tackles for loss, including back-to-back sacks, and caught the eye of head coach Skip Holtz.

“Elkino Watson did a really nice job,” Holtz said. “He’s had a great camp and he’s doing a really nice job. I’ll have to sit down and watch the film. Was it more people were missing blocks and opening him or was it more he’s turning and making plays?

“Right now, from what I saw, he was making some plays out there. Elkino Watson is a talent and he will have a say right now.”

Watson played extra repetitions because both Cory Grissom and Demi Thompson were unavailable through injury. Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder was equally impressed by Watson’s abilities.

“(Watson) has a chance to help us,” Snyder said. “He’s got some fundamentals that, for a high school kid, he’s got a chance to help us.”

BULLS HAVE OFF DAY: The Bulls have their first off day of fall training camp today before returning to practice with two sessions Monday.

“I’m looking forward to (the off day),” wide receiver Stephen Bravo-Brown said. “I’ll definitely be in the cold tub, watching film, relaxing and getting off my legs a little bit. We’ve been going for a while now, so it’s a good day to rest tomorrow.”

USF will continue to practice in Vero Beach until returning to campus Wednesday. The Bulls will hold a closed scrimmage Saturday morning before 2011 USF Bulls Fan Fest at Raymond James Stadium from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

BULLS BITS: Former Armwood standout Mywan Jackson, who recently left North Carolina and is in the process of transferring, confirmed Saturday that USF is among the schools he is considering.Jackson, a junior cornerback, said he’s been in contact with Bulls coaches, and added he hopes to make a decision next week. ... Sophomore running back Marcus Shaw was USF’s leading rusher Saturday as he attempts to claim the spot as the Bulls’ third running back. Shaw had 13 carries for 51 yards. He also caught one pass for five yards. USF’s top two rushers, Demetris Murray and Darrell Scott, had just one and three attempts, respectively… 20 different Bulls caught at least one pass Saturday.

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