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Bulls RB Taylor gets cameo at linebacker



I'm like 12 hours late in posting this, but with the St. Petersburg Bowl over, I have a sec to post Saturday's practice notes from Times correspondent Kerry Klecic. And no, Jamar Taylor will not play linebacker in Toronto ...

TAMPA -- USF coach Jim Leavitt said junior running back Jamar Taylor, who was limited this season because of a knee injury, worked at linebacker during Saturday’s practice and “looked pretty good.”


Leavitt has said that Taylor, who played linebacker at Lakeland High School, could make a switch to weakside linebacker with USF’s depth at running back. Taylor has only eight rushing attempts this year.

“We were having some fun with it but you know what, he looked pretty good,” Leavitt said. “You never know. He’s a very explosive player and we have a few running backs, so we’re trying to get everybody on the field. “

NIU back a lot like Taylor: USF defensive coordinator Joe Tresey didn’t have to look far to try and compare Northern Illinois junior running back Chad Spann, who’s 55 yards away from 1,000 rushing yards this season, to someone he’s seen.

Tresey said Saturday that Spann (5-foot-9, 197 pounds) is very similar to Taylor (5-foot-9, 200 pounds) because they have the ability to make defenders miss with a low pad level.

“He’ll run with a low shoulder … He’s not a real tall kid, but he’s compact,” Tresey said. “He’s pretty quick. He’s maybe not as big as (Taylor) size wise, but he’s a very good running back.”

Backup lineman injured: Sophomore backup offensive lineman Darren Powe, who hasn’t played this season, left Saturday’s practice with a knee injury. Leavitt said he’s not sure how serious the injury is.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:46pm]


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