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Posted Aug 15, 2011 by Adam Adkins
Updated Aug 15, 2011 at 02:33 PM
VERO BEACH After getting a chance to watch film from the team’s first fall scrimmage Saturday, it appears USF coach Skip Holtz has a good read on which freshmen will be able to contribute this season.
Following Monday morning’s workout at the Vero Beach Sports Village, Holtz named seven in line for some playing time – CB Kenneth Durden, DT Elkino Watson, DE Antoine Pozniak, OLs Darrell Williams and Thor Jozwiak and WRs Ruben Gonzalez and Andre Davis. Each member of the group has drawn praise from Holtz and USF assistant coaches throughout camp.
“All those guys may not be playing at a level to turn and get on the field today, but you’ve got to remember too they’ve had 10 days of practice. Everybody else has had, some of them, the fall and spring and then 10 days,” Holtz said. “Just to evaluate where they are right now I think some of those guys are really ahead of the curve and have a chance to help this team.”
SANCHEZ BACK AT LINEBACKER: Junior Armando Sanchez was back on the field Monday morning, sporting a new cast to protect his broken left hand a new – but also old – jersey color as well. Sanchez, who had moved from linebacker to fullback in the spring to help the Bulls try and build some depth at the position, has now moved back to linebacker, and worked with that position group Monday.
“With a broken hand and where he is, and making the decision to redshirt all the freshmen at linebacker, just started looking at it with the way a guy like Tye Turner is coming on the offensive side of the ball (at fullback), it gave us the ability to turn and put him over there,” said Holtz, who commended Sanchez, a special teams ace, for his team-first mentality in changing positions the first time. “I went and met with him and said ‘What would you rather be,’ and he said ‘Honestly, I feel more comfortable at linebacker.’”
BULLS TRY TO PUSH THROUGH WALL: After taking Sunday off following the team’s first fall scrimmage, USF returned to work Monday morning, but without the collective effort Holtz had seen through camp thus far.
“It’s Day 11, and you’re out here at 8:30 in the morning and you’re pushing through, and guys are sore and stiff. There’s some guys that came out here and had a great morning, but overall I think today was the wall for us,” Holtz said. “It wasn’t one of our better performances, although I think some guys came out here, and I think if you look at the way we executed in the passing game, which is primarily what we worked today, I thought there were a lot of good things, but I just didn’t think it was the effort and the attitude we had through the first (10) days, and that’s what we have to continue to push through.”
Holtz seemed confident he’d get a much better effort across the board in the team’s evening practice. The Bulls are scheduled to practice Monday under the lights at Holman Stadium to wrap up their second scheduled two-a-day of camp.
INJURY REPORT: USF QB B.J. Daniels, who has been limited after suffering a left hamstring injury and was held out of Saturday’s scrimmage, was a full participant in Monday’s morning workout. … Senior S Jerrell Young injured a finger on his left hand near the end of Monday morning’s practice. … Among the projected starters who missed Monday’s morning workout were OT Mark Popek (head), DT Cory Grissom (head) and CB Quenton Washington (illness), while players vying for spots in USF’s two-deep depth chart also held out were OL Damien Edwards (shoulder), DT Demi Thompson (back) and CB Ernie Tabuteau (back).