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USF taking it slow with injured Sims

Posted Aug 10, 2010 by Scott Carter

Updated Aug 10, 2010 at 10:19 PM

VERO BEACH – Senior RT Jacob Sims, who has started 19 games the past two seasons, is the most notable player yet to see the field in USF’s three practices here at the Vero Beach Sports Village.

Sims continues to battle concussion-like symptoms after getting injured early in camp.

“We’re being very cautious with that because of what he’s been through,’’ USF coach Skip Holtz said. “We’re not trying to rush him back into action.’’

Sims was limited by injuries late last season and has suffered a prior concussion.

In his place, reserve Damien Edwards and true freshman Quinterrius Eatmon have filled in capably. Eatmon, expected to be redshirted, came on strong Tuesday in USF’s first two-a-day of camp.

“He keeps getting better and better,’’ Holtz said.

EYE OPENER: Sophomore WR T.J. Knowles, who transferred from Saddleback (Calif.) College, was one of USF’s most impressive performers during Tuesday’s two practice sessions.
In the night practice, Knowles caught a touchdown pass from walk-on QB Bobby Eveld.

“T.J. is a very serious individual. He is in that meeting room and he is in that playbook,’’ Holtz said. “I get excited when I look out there at that big 6-8 frame. He’s done some really good things. Every day, you can see his confidence really starting to grow.’’

INJURY REPORT: Former Chamberlain standout Dontae Aycock missed practice Tuesday due to tendinitis in his knee, and freshman DT Todd Chandler sat out the evening session due to a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, TE Jeff Hawkins (head), TE Chase Griffiths (head) and OL Josh Garvin (personal reasons) did not practice.

BULL BITS: WR Justin Wilkins, who was a member of the 2008 team, has rejoined the Bulls as a walk-on, taking the roster spot vacated with the loss of WR Colby Erskin due to a knee injury … The Bulls return to the practice field Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; all practices in Vero Beach are open to the public.

Reader Comments

Por (USFBULLS1) on August 10, 2010 (Suggest removal)

Scott,

It is great finally having a terrific, reliable beat writer who actually enjoys covering the USF Bulls football and basketball team for the Tampa Tribune. We had one outlet for years, and its great that the Tribune has stepped up their coverage.

Questions

How is Todd Chandler performing in camp?

No mention of Daniel Bryant, it seem Ricardo Dizon and Terrence Mitchell have passed the upperclassmen on the depth chart. Are his days on the team numbered?

Last, with Plant being the No 1 team in the nation and a nationally covered commitment announcement at 5 tomorrow by Tony Posada for his final 2 of local favorite USF or Michigan, any plans for a USF decision preview writeup on Tony?

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Por (USFBULLS1) on August 11, 2010 (Suggest removal)

Never mind on the Posada question, USF is out now.

Scott, what 2 running backs and 3receivers impress you the most so far in camp?

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Por (Scott Carter) on August 11, 2010 (Suggest removal)

USFBULLS1—Thanks for stopping by and reading our coverage of USF.

As for the RBs and receivers, Mo Plancher and Bradley Battles have looked the best from what I’ve seen among the guys who can play this season. You can see what Darrell Scott was so highly touted out of HS; good-looking player who won’t be eligible until 2011. very competitive back there between Plancher, Battles, Demetris Murray and Holtz says Joel miller is in picture.

Todd Chandler looks like a true freshman; he needs to get in better condition.

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