Holtz eager for Bulls' scrimmage at One Buc
Friday's practice notes from correspondent Kerry Klecic:
TAMPA -- There are a couple of new things USF coach Skip Holtz can look forward to Saturday.
One is that the Bulls will scrimmage at One Buc Place, the Bucs’ practice facility, and the other being that quarterback B.J. Daniels is participating full time, as he missed the first half of their previous scrimmage because of personal reasons.
Holtz said USF’s offense will open up more compared to last time, when sophomore walk-on Ryan Eppes took a majority of the snaps and USF ran the ball often. He hopes to get in 120 plays Saturday, with almost half going to the first team.
“This one will be more like a game,” he said. “This one will be … if you make a first down, you stay on the field. If the defense goes three and holds them, you’re off the field. If the offense goes down 40 yards, then riverside (reverse) it and start going the other way. I want them to start to understand how a penalty can hurt you … so, like I said in the beginning, we’re past those individual evaluations and start to try and put the big picture together on everything.”
And playing at an NFL facility has its perks, too.
“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to go over there,” Holtz said. “The Bucs have been extremely hospitable throughout this thing and have been friends across the street to say come on over and practice. I think it brings some excitement to our players as well, to have the opportunity to go and practice there.”
Linebacker battle one to watch: After Saturday's scrimmage, Holtz will re-evaluate and revise his spring depth chart, with linebacker as a position battle to keep an eye on.
Senior Jacquian Williams (strongside), sophomore Sam Barrington (middle) and senior Sabbath Joseph (weakside) are listed as starters. But Holtz said Friday that the four others on the depth chart — redshirt freshman DeDe Lattimore, sophomore Mike Lanaris, junior Curtis Weatherspoon and senior Donte Spires — are making a strong push.
Plancher, Genus limited but expected to scrimmage: Holtz said senior starting running back Mo Plancher (hamstring) and starting center Sampson Genus (knee) were limited in Friday’s practice, but both are expected to participate in the scrimmage.