Bulls hold final football scrimmage today
This morning marks the third and final scrimmage of USF's preseason, with coaches working to finalize the depth chart the Bulls will take into preparations for the season opener against Wofford in two weeks.
The fall semester starts Monday, putting USF into a regular game-week schedule after two and a half weeks of largely morning workouts. We'll check on running back Bradley Battles, who we reported Thursday had been sent home because of NCAA Clearinghouse issues but was expected back soon. Should have more news later this morning, but first a few links ...
-- USF men's soccer had a tough challenge at Akron, facing a team ranked as high as No. 3, and the Zips handed the Bulls a 3-1 loss, outshooting them 16-3.
-- USFnation.com talked to offensive line coach Mike Simmonds on Friday, and he said former walk-on Chaz Hine, now on scholarship this fall, has moved into the starting left guard position, with Jeremiah Warren working as the starting left tackle. Simmonds said junior Jamar Bass, who had been working most of camp as the starting left tackle, has worked primarily in run-blocking offenses and is still working on his pass-protection skills. The right side of the line remains the same, with Sampson Genus at center, Zach Hermann at right guard and Mark Popek at right tackle.
-- The Lakeland Ledger writes that USF has sold more than 10,000 tickets for the big football game at Florida State on Sept. 26. I'll see if I can get that figure confirmed ...
-- Indianapolis Star has a Q&A with former USF running back Chad Simpson, who had two fumbles but lost neither in preseason game against the Eagles this week.
-- The Hard Knox Sports blog boldly picks USF to beat FSU and Miami this season.
-- Phil Steele, writing in the Orlando Sentinel, says Rutgers has a chance to run the table, with a light nonconference schedule and the toughest Big East games at home.
-- The Cape Coral Daily Breeze writes about new USF walk-on kicker Renato Proia.
-- We linked to a column from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Doug Fernandes, who took a shot at USF's curriculum that prompted this letter to the editor.
-- Looks like Western Kentucky, USF's first road opponent on Sept. 12, has lost a few transfers this offseason.