Bulls LB Williams now working at defensive end

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Jacquian Williams, the Riverview graduate who came to USF as a highly touted junior college linebacker, is now working at defensive end.

"We're working him there a little bit. He's a guy who has a lot of speed on the edge," defensive coordinator Joe Tresey said of the 6-foot-4, 222-pound junior.

Williams, who had three special-teams tackles in his USF debut Saturday, played defensive end on the final drive of USF's 40-7 win against Wofford. The Bulls already have considerable depth at defensive end, with starters George Selvie and Craig Marshall and backups Jason Pierre-Paul, David Bedford and Patrick Hampton. Leavitt said he intends to have true freshman Ryne Giddins, who did not play against Wofford, travel with the team to Western Kentucky as well.

ON THE RISE: USF coach Jim Leavitt said his team's overall youth puts it in good position to improve throughout the season, something the Bulls haven't done well in the past two seasons after strong starts.

"We're such a young team that I think you'll see improvement from this team, hopefully, through the year, as we go and as they play," Leavitt said. "It's going to be the key to this season. If our guys do get better as we climb through the season, then we have a real shot at doing some special things. More so, this group than any group."

ON THE MEND: Of USF's injured players, Leavitt said tight end Kenneth Luberice "probably will not be ready," but he expected tight end Andreas Shields to travel with the team to Western Kentucky. Same for senior receiver Jessie Hester, who has been limited by an ankle injury and went without a catch Saturday for the first time in 22 games.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:08pm]

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