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USF has intense summer with Golden, Hovan

Posted Aug 3, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Aug 3, 2011 at 12:36 PM

USF football players report for fall camp today and the first practice is scheduled for Thursday, but on Tuesday at Big East Media Day I got an opportunity to talk with cornerback Quenton Washington and guard Jeremiah Warren regarding their work over the summer.

Both players said working this offseason in the weight room with strength and conditioning coach Mike Golden, who came to USF from East Carolina in January, and one of Golden’s new interns, former Tampa Bay Bucs defensive tackle Chris Hovan, was a bit different than previous summers.

“With both of them, they brought that different feel of intensity. It was a whole (new) level of intensity, really. It was amazing,” Warren said. “Just being able to go in and see how they interact between each other and how they pushed us, it was great to see that. … Those two, they’re two characters.”

That seemed especially true for Hovan, with Washington saying “it was like he’s in there lifting the weights for you, in his mind.”

“Coach Hovan is a very intense person. I think that comes from his years in the NFL,” Washington said. “He’s an in-your-face kind of guy. He’s going to give it to you straight no matter what. He’s one of those guys that can motivate you even if you don’t want to do something.

“Just the way he talks to you. He yells at you, he’s in your face, but he also knows when to be like, come here and give me a hug and we can do this together. It’s things like that. That’s what you need from a coach. You need the best of both worlds.”

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