Hine on scholarship; Shields working as top TE
Lots more newsy nuggets Monday as coaches reviewed video from Saturday's scrimmage and adjusted the depth chart accordingly ...
-- First, sophomore walk-on guard Chaz Hine from Newsome has been placed on scholarship after earning his way onto the two-deep for the second year in a row. He's the third walk-on put on scholarship this fall, joining two seniors, cornerback Cameron Perkins and tight end Kenneth Luberice. This gesture is more significant because it essentially takes a scholarship away from what the Bulls have available on signing day, but Leavitt said Hine has earned it in his two years in the program.
"He's a dream," Leavitt said. "He works his tail off, does well in school, he's been here for two years and we're putting him on a full scholarship."
-- Redshirt freshman Andreas Shields is working as the starting tight end, ahead of senior Ben Busbee, after getting a touchdown in Saturday's scrimmage. "He's been really working hard," Leavitt said.
-- Redshirt freshman George Baker started Monday as a first-team cornerback after a strong scrimmage, though sophomore Quenton Washington had two strong practices Monday to pull close.
-- Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said Saturday that he has finished the coursework for his associate of arts degree, and Leavitt said the school is in the process of finalizing his admission. "Now we've just got to get it processed, but it'll probably take three or four days, I imagine," he said.
-- As we mentioned Saturday from co-defensive coordinator David Blackwell, sophomore defensive end Patrick Hampton was working with the first-team line Monday, though senior end Aaron Harris has been slowed by the flu and is just getting back to full strength. Leavitt said as many as 15 players are limited by injuries right now.
-- USF President Judy Genshaft was scheduled to speak with the team Monday night.
-- Walk-on linebacker Lucas Darr, a special-teams standout who had left the program after last season because of a lingering ankle injury but returned this summer, has left the team again because of the injury. Darr, a transfer from N.C. State, had been limited in practice this fall.
-- Senior walk-on Dexter Baldwin has moved from receiver to tight end, going from one of USF's deepest positions to a position struggling to find reliable players. At 6-2, 213 pounds, he's small for a tight end, bu Baldwin's best bet to get on the field remains special-teams coverage.
-- Watch List Watch List! Matt Grothe is among 38 quarterbacks on the list for the Manning Award, presented by the Sugar Bowl to the top quarterback in college football. Cincinnati's Tony Pike is the only other Big East quarterback on the list, with Florida's Tim Tebow and Florida Atlantic's Rusty Smith as the only other state quarterbacks honored.
-- USF's official site had a nice folllow-up on the story we wrote two weeks ago about offensive line coach Mike Simmonds helping save a 12-year-old boy's life in a North Carolina river this summer. Mike Grady, 52, gave his life in saving his son Austin's life, and his family, including Austin and his brother Tyler, visited with USF's football team on Sunday. If you revisit the original story, there are some great comments to be read as well ...