Banquet news: QB Eveld now on scholarship
So much to get to from Saturday night's USF postseason banquet -- a solid investment of $35 for Ma and Pa Times, with a few nuggets of news and a ton of good notes to get to, looking back on the 2010 Bulls.
We tweeted this last night, but first thing to get to is that true freshman walk-on Bobby Eveld got a nice call from Skip Holtz on Christmas day, telling him that his hard work this past fall was enough to put him on scholarship with the Bulls. Eveld, of course, came off the bench to lead USF's overtime win at Miami in November after spending the entire season as B.J. Daniels' top backup. It's rare to see a walk-on rewarded so quickly -- I think every other one promoted at USF has been in the program two years before earning the promotion, but Eveld is an exceptional case in a number of ways.
That means the Bulls have one less scholarship available for next month's signing day, but it also shows Holtz's loyalty is with players who have already shown him something -- he showed that in putting walk-on Mistral Raymond and Donte Spires on scholarship before the season.
One more newsy note -- defensive end Craig Marshall has accepted an invite to the NFLPA Texas vs. Nation all-star game, which is Feb. 5 in San Antonio. He's the fourth Bulls senior to land in a senior showcase game -- Terrell McClain will be in Orlando this week for the East-West Shrine Game, and Dontavia Bogan and Sampson Genus will be in Arizona for the Eastham Energy College All-Star Game.
And we'll have more on this later, but defensive backs coach Rick Smith said he "probably" will shift safety Tyson Butler back to cornerback for his senior year. The Bulls have four solid returning safeties, but aren't quite as proven at corner -- there's probably four ahead of him in Quenton Washington, Kayvon Webster, Ricardo Dixon and George Baker. Lots more to come, and we'll blog live from men's basketball at noon. ...