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Cornerback Butler watches practice with foot injury



USF football is back at spring practice this afternoon after a 12-day hiatus over spring break, and the first thing to report is that senior cornerback Tyson Butler was watching practice with a boot on his right foot.


We'll get more on the severity of the injury from coach Skip Holtz around 6 or so, but Butler has been limited by injuries throughout his time at USF. He spent last year at safety but is working back at corner this fall -- with Butler sidelined, USF had new spring walk-on Ernie Tabuteau, the transfer from Miles College, working as a second-team cornerback as they went through position drills.

-- Tight end Andreas Shields and safety Jerrell Young, who were limited in the first week of spring with minor injuries, both seemed to be working at full strength.

-- Transfer running backs Darrell Scott and Dontae Aycock weren't working out with the team during the first half-hour of practice, but there could be any number of harmless explanations for that.

-- Hard to read anything too much into how people are lining up, but the first offensive line as the Bulls went through drills was (l-r) Mark Popek, Jeremiah Warren, Kevin McCaskill, Chaz Hine and Damien Edwards; the second line was Darren Powe, John McGhin, Danous Estenor, Steven Jacques and Quinterrius Eatmon. When USF went through passing drills, the first four receivers through were Evan Landi, A.J. Love, Joel Miller and Terrence Mitchell; second group was Sterling Griffin, Faron Hornes, Derrick Hopkins and walk-on Jordan Duval.

-- Linebackers were still lining up with Mike Lanaris in the middle and Sam Barrington at strongside (DeDe Lattimore at weakside). Second string looked to be Reshard Cliett at Sam, Hans Louis at Mike, Curtis Weatherspoon at Will. Every time I go to write Weatherspoon, I have to stop myself from calling him Clarence, after my favorite 76er back in the day. ...

[Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2011 5:36pm]


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