Holtz, Bulls eager to start spring drills
Here are some notes from Skip Holtz's news conference Tuesday, from Times correspondent Ian Lanphier. ...
TAMPA -- Coach Skip Holtz said a main priority for USF heading into next season is to correct its fourth-quarter letdowns in several games last year.
With the first spring practice set for Wednesday, Holtz said he's watched a lot of tape from those painful losses to better understand how to help his team close out games.
"We've spent a lot of time studying the fourth quarter. I said, 'I'm really not interested in breaking down the first half of all the games all season.' I said, 'But what I want to do is take our seven losses and I want to break down the fourth quarter.'"
To improve in that area, Holtz said the Bulls must shore up a passing defense that struggled to get stops late in games, as well as make strides with third-down efficiency on offense and eliminate special teams mistakes.
THIS AND THAT: A number of newcomers will make their debuts on the practice field Wednesday. Among them are transfer CBs Fidel Montgomery and Joshua Brown, who could get significant reps with USF losing senior DBs Quenton Washington and Jerrell Young. Also, transfer DL Tevin Mims and freshmen early enrollees DT James Hamilton and WR Alex Mut are available for the spring. ... Out for the spring with injuries are CBs Chris Bivins (ACL) and Ricardo Dixon (ACL) and Allen Singleton. Limited will be Hamilton, OL Thor Jozwiak, S Jon Lejiste and WR Chris Dunkley, Holtz said. ... He said there will be an on-campus scrimmage April 14, with the spring game one week later on April 21.