Freshman Webster working with first team
Here's Sunday's practice report, filed by our new Times correspondent, Kerry Klecic, who you might know from USF's student newspaper, The Oracle:
Freshman cornerback Kayvon Webster cracked the USF first-team defense Sunday when the Bulls finished their opening weekend of practices with a controlled two-minute drill “scrimmage situation,” defensive coordinator Joe Tresey said.
Tresey said the Bulls played primarily in nickel during the drill, with Webster and sophomore Quenton Washington at corner, while seniors Nate Allen and Jerome Murphy and sophomore Jerrell Young rounded out the starting secondary.
Webster is competing with sophomores Washington and Tyson Butler and redshirt freshman George Baker for two cornerback spots if Murphy moves to the nickel position. Tresey said though it’s still very early, the freshman from Miami has played well.
“I’m trying to find out who’s going to step up not only to play as a starter, but most importantly who’s going to be the next man in,” he said. “The next man could be every bit as important as who’s starting.”
Allen, who has 25 starts as a safety for the Bulls, said he’s been impressed with Webster.
“Kayvon really looks like he’s going to be working toward a starting spot this year,” he said.
-- Freshman Isaac Virgin, who worked as the No. 4 quarterback in his first practice Saturday, has already moved to tight end, according to USF's official site. Virgin, huge at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, will have a better chance to compete for playing time at tight end, where Ben Busbee is the only player with significant experience at the position.
Two linemen out: The Bulls were without two projected starting offensive linemen because of minor injuries: junior center Jake Sims and junior guard Zach Hermann. Sims sat out with a sore neck, while Hermann was sidelined with a headache, coach Jim Leavitt said. Junior Sampson Genus replaced Sims at center, while Danous Estenor filled in for Hermann, Leavitt said.
Quick Hits: The Bulls will be in full pads for the first time on Monday, then will have its first two-a-day practices Tuesday, going in the morning and the afternoon … Hillsborough freshman Lindsey Lamar was working with the punt returners during special teams drills … Tresey said he was impressed with Washington during board drills, as the 5-foot-10, 183-pound corner took on 6-foot-4, 212-pound wide receiver Carlton Mitchell head-on and held his ground.