Football notes: WR Knowles arrives in town
It's now just 16 days until USF's football players report for preseason camp, and another new arrival is in town, as receiver T.J. Knowles, the 6-foot-8 receiver from Las Vegas who was a late addition to the Bulls' recruiting class in May.
Knowles, who has completed his final classes at Saddleback College in California, is getting a standard physical Monday and will be able to practice with the team when practice begins on Aug. 6. He'll have three years of eligibility with the Bulls, and comes in at a position of need, with key receivers A.J. Love and Sterling Griffin recovering from injuries in the off-season. Knowles had 49 catches for 924 yards and seven touchdowns at Saddleback last season.
-- USF's strength and conditioning program will have a new assistant for football this fall in Marc Hickok, a former Connecticut kicker who was an intern with the Bulls last season. Hickok kicked a 47-yard game-winning field goal late in the fourth quarter of UConn's first-ever win against a Big East opponent, beating Rutgers in 2001. His position is temporary through the end of football season, replacing Aaron Quarberg, who stepped down after three years with the Bulls.
-- Bright House Sports has an interview with former USF quarterback Matt Grothe, now with the UFL's Florida Tuskers.
-- Speaking of BHSN, J.B. Long ranks the college quarterbacks in the state of Florida, and USF's B.J. Daniels is fourth on this list -- easy to make a case for FSU's Christian Ponder and Miami's Jacory Harris as more accomplished starters, but also ahead of Daniels is Florida's John Brantley, who will make his second career start against the Bulls in Gainesville on Sept. 11.