Barrington's back; more praise for QB Eveld
After two weeks of training in Vero Beach, USF's football team returned to the comforts of its own practice fields Friday, and after two days in jail with issues related to a suspended driver's license, sophomore linebacker Sam Barrington was back practicing with his teammates.
"It's nice to see him out here, especially from the last couple of days," coach Skip Holtz said. "It's a great lesson to learn about crossing t's and dotting i's, not just on the football field and in the classroom but in your everyday social life. It's a lesson for all of us, every member of this team. ... By letting a little thing go, how that little thing can snowball into a huge issue for you if you don't take care of the little things. I hate what he's going through, but at the same time, he understands that he brought this upon himself."
Barrington has resolved his legal issues for now, agreeing to six months' probation on one count of driving with a suspended license, with an October court date set for the other. He wasn't included on a two-deep depth chart Holtz detailed Thursday but has a chance in the next two weeks to regain his standing with the Bulls.
MORE EVELD: The Bulls will hold their second scrimmage Saturday afternoon, and one of the most interesting position battles is for the backup quarterback job, where true freshman walk-on Bobby Eveld is ahead of true freshman Jamius Gunsby. Holtz has had consistent praise for Eveld, especially for his approach to learning outside of practice.
"Bobby is a mature young man, very committed young man, very smart young man," Holtz said. "Every day I see him getting better and better. You look out here, and today he's the last one off the practice field. That's pretty much held true the entire camp. You look during break, and everybody goes back to take a nap, and he takes a bag of footballs and he's out there throwing on the net. Tremendous work habit, a desire to be good. He is very much determined to turn and help this football team, and he's got an awful lot of talent. He's been a very pleasant surprise."
THIS AND THAT: Holtz will hold a meeting for prospective new walk-ons on the first day of school Monday, and one player in attendance will be former Bulls tight end Trent Pupello, who last played for USF in 2008. He had to stop playing because of a neck injury from a car accident, and was arrested in 2009 but charges were later dropped. ... Holtz said he might make decisions about putting current walk-ons on scholarship after Saturday's scrimmage. ... Defensive end David Bedford, talking about the defense's overall effort in the opening scrimmage, said the defensive units combined for force 17 three-and-outs in 150 or so offensive plays.