Guard Schmidt will get look at left tackle
With one starting offensive tackle graduating and a surplus of talented interior linemen, USF will give starting left guard Ryan Schmidt a look at left tackle during spring football.
Schmidt, who played tackle briefly in the Sun Bowl when starter Marc Dile was injured, was the only USF offensive lineman named to the All-Big East team, earning second-team honors. Under one proposed alignment, Dile would shift to right tackle, with rising senior Matt Huners stepping in at left guard, senior Jake Griffin returning at center and sophomore Zach Hermann returning at right guard.
Backups? Right now, it'd be sophomore walk-on Jacob Sims at left tackle, redshirt freshman Jeremiah Warren at left guard, redshirt freshman Kevin McCaskill at center, sophomore Sampson Genus at right guard and redshirt freshman Thomas Edenfield at right tackle. Obviously those positions will be well-contested during spring drills, though the starting five has considerably more experience.
McCaskill's brother, Keith, will shift to defensive line this spring after redshirting this fall at linebacker. McCaskill has good size at 6-foot-1, 255 pounds and could play either at end or tackle. Trading places with him will be sophomore Alonzo McQueen, who was moved from linebacker to defensive line before the season, but didn't see any significant action there. Spring drills will also be a chance to evaluate Florida transfer Trent Pupello, who has played primarily tight end but will get his first look at defensive line. If that doesn't work out, there's tight end, and he's big enough coaches may try him at center.
Best I can tell, only three USF seniors have been invited to the NFL Combine workouts in Indianapolis: cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Trae Williams and linebacker Ben Moffitt. Another familiar name who will be there if former Bulls running back Chad Simpson, who has had two standout seasons at I-AA Morgan State since transferring from USF.
This is the first of three key recruiting weekends for USF, with nine players due in for official visits, including commitment Demetris Murray, a running back from Duluth, Ga. The big weekend looks to be the final one in two weeks, which coincides with USF's annual postseason banquet.
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