Holtz: Backup receiver Knowles expected to transfer
TAMPA -- As USF returned to practice Monday after 12 days off over spring break, Bulls coach Skip Holtz said that junior receiver T.J. Knowles, who had three catches for 13 yards last fall, "will probably transfer" this summer due to "things at home he needs to tend to."
Knowles, who as a Las Vegas native is one of the Bulls who are farthest from home, was a late addition to USF's recruiting class last summer and drew praise from Holtz in preseason due to the potential mismatch possibilities he created with his 6-foot-6 frame. But Knowles played sparingly in his first season despite numerous injuries at receiver. His departure is "not a negative thing where he wants to leave," Holtz said, "... I wish him the best of luck."
THIS AND THAT: Senior Tyson Butler, competing for a backup spot at cornerback, watched practice with a boot on his right foot. Holtz said he sprained his ankle over spring break. Walk-on tight end Jake Carlton broke his finger as well, Holtz said. ... Tight end Andreas Shields, limited by injury in the first week of practice, is back practicing at full strength. Safety Jerrell Young remains limited with a stress fracture in his shin. ... Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said sophomore Victor Marc is "the most improved player right now" among the receivers. ... Check out video of interviews with Holtz and his coordinators on USF's official site.