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Bulls back to business with first practice



Here are Tuesday's practice notes from Times correspondent Ian Lanphier ...


TAMPA -- Coach Skip Holtz said that USF used Tuesday's practice, its first since last week's loss to Pittsburgh, to get "back to basics."

The Bulls ran about 175 plays in an extended practice session, working in the red zone and on third-down situations, among other areas.

"We're only as good as our last performance, and the last performance we put out on the field is not what this team is capable of," he said. "We're capable of doing more."

Holtz said the team's intensity during practice reflected its disappointment with the loss to Pittsburgh.

"I thought they had a business-like approach," he said. "They didn't put their head in the sand. They're not having a pity party for each other and moping and just going through the motions."

STAYING POSITIVE: Senior DE Patrick Hampton said he remains positive about his role in helping the team win despite having no sacks or TFL through five games.

"I'm just trying to keep working, keep fighting, and at the end, stats are going to come," he said. "So far this season, I think I've done my job pretty well. I mean, it's not too much just about getting stats, but helping the team win, so I'm proud of what I've done so far."

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 8:46pm]


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