Caprice, Perry now in mix to play at defensive end
As USF waits to hear on an NCAA hardship waiver that would allow Notre Dame transfer Aaron Lynch to play this fall, two other young defensive ends are competing for playing time entering the season.
USF coach Skip Holtz would like to have five defensive ends available this season, with Ryne Giddins, Julius Forte, Tevin Mims and Eric Lee looking entrenched as the top four. If Lynch has to redshirt this season, the Bulls could turn to true freshman Daniel Perry, or redshirt freshman Edsel Caprice, who has moved back to his high school position after spending the past year as an outside linebacker.
"With Julius not being there (due to an ankle injury), it's given two young kids ... both an opportunity to get a lot of reps in, and they're getting better," coach Skip Holtz said Friday. "We moved (Caprice) back in because of the depth there. With the number of bodies we had at linebacker, it was hard to get him a lot of reps there. With the injuries to Julius and Aaron Lynch, who's been out with a concussion, not knowing whether we'll have Aaron this season, we're trying to build the depth chart without him."
Caprice is certainly undersized for a college end at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, but that didn't slow him down at Cape Coral High, where he totaled 34 sacks and 66 tackles for loss in his final two seasons. Perry is at the other extreme at 6-7 and 250 pounds, and Holtz said he could join Lee in playing as a true freshman if he can earn a spot in the top five at end.
"(Perry) may be in our top five with Julius back," Holtz said. "I like to go into every season with five, so Daniel and Edsel are kind of competing for that fifth spot. If Daniel wins that position, we'll probably take the redshirt off him and talk to him about playing."