Catching up on links, mid-practice ...
Have a few minutes between the first half-hour of Wednesday's practice and the interviews afterward to get caught up on links. Not much of an injury update to give -- defensive end George Selvie and tackle Terrell McClain remained very limited in practice, with tackle Sampson Genus working in a limited capacity. USF hadn't worked its defensive backs by position in the opening half-hour, so it's hard to get a feel for where safety Carlton Williams is as he recovers from a hip pointer.
With Selvie out, USF had sophomore Craig Marshall working with the first-team line; regular starters Aaron Harris and Jarriett Buie were there as well, along with redshirt freshman Keith McCaskill. Looks like David Bedford is getting most of his reps at defensive tackle, where he was working with the second line. Linebacker Alonzo McQueen isn't practicing, but is out of the boot he had been wearing on his left foot. Onto the links ...
-- Good news for Bulls fans: Rivals.com has a way-early list of their top 100 NFL Draft prospects for 2009, and Selvie isn't among the projected first-rounders. They have Selvie ranked down at No. 49; linebacker Tyrone McKenzie is listed at No. 98, which would work out to a late third-round selection.
-- Remember Steve Goins? The prep center from Chicago got a look from USF's basketball staff, but ultimately wound up at Maryland, where he just now has been cleared by the NCAA. Keep in mind that Oklahoma State still hasn't heard back on former USF signee Teeng Akol; USF is still waiting to hear back from the NCAA about a hardship waiver for Maryland transfer Gus Gilchrist.
-- We're doing a note for Saturday's paper on N.C. State quarterback Harrison Beck, who's from Clearwater and takes over for injured starter Russell Wilson. Beck's career numbers at N.C. State have him with four touchdown passes and 12 interceptions, none of his touchdown passes have come against BCS-conference opponents. How's this for a ringing endorsement?
"He can wing it around," O'Brien told the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., this week. "We're just going to have to tell him that we're wearing the red jerseys on Saturday night, and we'll be in good shape."
-- We're just a third of the way through the college football season, but ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman is already wondering what will happen if more than two teams finish the season undefeated. He mentions USF, and with the national perception of the Big East hurting, it's entirely possible the Bulls could go 12-0 and still be on the outside looking in.
-- An update on Orlando prep forward Keith Clanton, as the Orlando Sentinel reports that the 6-foot-8 forward has USF among his final three schools and will make an official campus visit Oct. 4. He's visited South Carolina and will visit UCF on Oct. 11 before making a decision.
-- The Bradenton Herald's Ryan Boyd looks at how USF's takeaways are radically down from a year ago -- 17 in the first four games of '07, three this season. Tyrone McKenzie says offenses are aware of the Bulls and are being more careful with the ball this year.