Ford returns, but role among RBs unclear
Monday night's practice notes, from correspondent Kerry Klecic ...
TAMPA -- USF coach Jim Leavitt said that junior running back Mike Ford did everything right in practice in the weeks during his two-game suspension for violating team rules.
However, Leavitt said he doesn’t know how much Ford will play this weekend, when USF hosts Charleston Southern on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“(Senior) Mo Plancher had a good game and (junior) Aston Samuels is awfully good and (freshman) Lindsey Lamar is playing well, so he’s got some guys he has to compete with,” Leavitt said after Monday’s practice.
Plancher has four touchdowns this season and rushed for 115 yards Saturday in USF’s 35-13 victory over Western Kentucky, while Lamar has a lone touchdown scored in the season opener against Wofford.
Bulls sit out: Leavitt said receiver and backup quarterback Evan Landi and sophomore corner Quenton Washington did not practice Monday.
Landi left Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury suffered while catching a pass from Matt Grothe. Washington is struggling with an ankle injury from Saturday as well, adding to an already depleted secondary that’s without starting safety Jerrell Young, who broke his arm in the season opener.
Other notes: Asked of what Leavitt saw on film from Saturday’s game, Leavitt said: “A lot of guys playing with great effort, but we’re just not playing real smart. That will come, hopefully. On (special teams) we have to return punts … We’ve got talent. We just need to correct the things we’re doing” … USF practiced in the Sun Dome Monday night because of inclement weather. The team was limited in what it could do and went for about an hour, Leavitt said.