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RB Shaw injures thumb

Posted Mar 23, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Mar 23, 2011 at 08:24 PM

Here is Wednesday’s practice report from correspondent Michael Manganello:

Sophomore running back Marcus Shaw suffered a left thumb injury during Wednesday’s practice, though the severity of the injury was not immediately known.

Shaw is scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Thursday. The Bulls are not scheduled to return to the practice field until Friday, though the spring’s first intrasquad scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday.

Shaw appeared in eight games as a true freshman in 2010, mostly on special teams. He rushed for 108 yards on 12 carries with one touchdown, a 63-yard scamper in a season -opening win over Stony Brook.

OFFENSE GELLING: In preparation for the first scrimmage—which will be played this Saturday—the USF offense worked on discipline and not jumping offside during Wednesday’s practice.

“Everything is gelling,” running back Darrell Scott said. “The offense is doing pretty good, we emphasized on not jumping offsides and we did pretty good.

Scott—a transfer from Colorado—also mentioned that finding his place in the offense is one of his goals for this spring.

“It’s not the hardest (thing I’ve had to do), but just getting everything down, like the blocking. I’m just trying to play fast and finish my runs hard.”

Dontae Aycock—the Bulls’ other high-profile transfer—used spring break to work on his mental strength and mentality.

“We had a little time off, my mentality was basically to get my mind right. Spring break was good, but now it’s time to work” Aycock said.

COMPLETE TURNAROUND: Following Monday’s practice, offensive coordinator Todd Fitch singled out wide receiver Victor Marc as a player who had caught his eye. Marc attributes his spring successes to a newfound level of dedication after a talk with his parents.

“I’ve just had a complete turnaround,” Marc said. “I sat down with my mom and my dad and started focusing more on working out harder, in class, focusing more on the field, talking to my teammates, going outside and playing catch with the ball, just the little things to improve everyday and talking to the coaches and getting more in the playbook.”

Marc also included that the extra work has helped him feel at home in the offense.

“I’m feeling very comfortable learning the offense. Learning the basic things of what to do and what not to do and my routes and my depths. As the days progress, I think I’ll get better” Marc said.

PRO DAY: Fifteen former players are expected to workout in front of NFL personnel at USF’s Pro Day on Wednesday, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the USF Soccer Stadium.

Jamar Bass, David Bedford, Dontavia Bogan, Sampson Genus, Kevin Gidrey, Sabbath Joseph, Richard Kelly, Chris Lane, Craig Marshall, Terrell McClain, Mo Plancher, Mistral Raymond, Eric Schwartz, Jacob Sims and Jacquain Williams are expected to participate.

NOTABLE VISITORS: There were a few notable visitors at Wednesday’s practice. Oregon coach Chip Kelly was in attendance and chatted it up with USF coach Skip Holtz during the beginning of the workout, the first 30 minutes of which were open to the media.

The Bulls also entertained some international visitors. Hajime Ichinose, a coach in the Japanese professional X-League, and Kyoto University coach Yaichi Mizuno and the team’s quarterback, Yuya Kohara, also were in attendance.

Also, incoming wide receiver Andre Davis out of Tampa Jefferson High also stopped by for the first time this spring. Davis has been busy playing baseball for the Dragons and recently helped the team make a run to the annual Saladino Tournament championship game.

—-Adam Adkins contributed to this report.

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