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Young WRs Welch, Mitchell continue to progress

Posted Apr 10, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Apr 10, 2011 at 12:51 AM

USF coach Skip Holtz wasn’t pleased with the overall performance of his receiving corps in Saturday’s Green and Gold Bowl, but a pair of youngsters in the group earned some praise from Bulls offensive coordinator Todd Fitch for continuing to progress.

Redshirt freshman Deonte Welch and sophomore Terrence Mitchell each built on solid showings in the spring game at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. After catching five passes for 56 yards last week, Welch led USF’s receivers with five receptions for 107 yards in the team’s final scrimmage. Mitchell, meanwhile, finished with four receptions for 29 yards, a week after catching four passes for 65 yards.

Fitch said Welch has shown tremendous growth since last fall, particularly when it came to off-the-field matters, and really started showing signs of what he could do on the field in the team’s bowl game practices.

“There’s talent there, and if he can grow as much this summer as he has since bowl practice, like I said after the first scrimmage, I think he can help us in the two deep,” Fitch said. “But there’s a lot of growth there and a sense of urgency and maturity that he has to bring about.”

As for Mitchell, one thing that stood out to Fitch was simply the former cornerback’s ability to make the catch, something other USF receivers struggled with in the final two scrimmages. Fitch said Mitchell did drop a pass in either scrimmage.

“I’ve been very pleased with his growth and the transition from (defensive back) in the middle of (last) season,” Fitch said. “He’s done a real nice job with it.”

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