Holtz after scrimmage: Position changes coming
USF coach Skip Holtz spent seven hours in the office after Saturday's scrimmage, evaluating play after play, then meeting with his offensive and defensive assistants, and while he continues to be pleased with the progress of his Bulls, there will be position changes when the team returns to practice Monday.
"We made a lot of them," Holtz said late Saturday night. "I told the coaches to sit on it for the next 24 hours and come back to it when we're back Monday morning. There will be some."
Holtz didn't elaborate on which players might be changing positions, but he did indicate positions where he was concerned about depth. "I'm worried about our depth on offensive line," he said, also mentioning cornerback and defensive line. "We're forming a two-deep, and on Monday, we'll have a two-deep."
The most significant injury to come from Saturday's scrimmage was to senior running back Aston Samuels, whose career has been limited by a series of injuries. The latest is an ankle injury, and the early indications are not good for Samuels.
"It looks like it's going to be a surgical injury, which I hate," Holtz said. "He's had a cloud over his head (with injuries), and this is really unfortunate for the young man."
Backup offensive lineman John McGhin suffered a mild concussion, but the injury shouldn't have any longterm problems.
Holtz was hesitant to single out individual names of players who impressed him Saturday, saying that Monday's depth chart should be a better reflection of who made a good impression. Two names he mentioned were redshirt freshman DeDe Lattimore, filling in for the injured Sam Barrington at middle linebacker, and senior defensive end David Bedford, who played well Saturday after missing the first two days of spring drills to focus on academics.
"I was pleased overall with our toughness. There were bright spots at a lot of positions," he said. "I'm impressed with the attitude, the execution and retention of everything we've put in. But we definitely need to work on our fundamentals. We know what to do. We have to learn how to do it."
We'll have more on USF's first depth chart under Holtz on Monday, so check back for more then ...