Holtz: Eatmon, Lang will both play at RT vs. Mocs
TAMPA -- USF's first game-week depth chart was released Monday, and redshirt freshman Max Lang is listed as the Bulls' starting right tackle, with returning starter Quinterrius Eatmon missing most of last week with concussion symptoms. Coach Skip Holtz said both are practicing and likely to play in Saturday's opener against I-AA Chattanooga.
"(Eatmon) is back now, but he hasn't played. He's cleared all the tests," Holtz said. "But right now, Max is playing really well, and he's doing a nice job there. If Q will come back (to full strength), we'll have a heck of a competition going through. I would imagine they'll both play if they're both healthy for Saturday."
Lang, who redshirted last season, could start in his college debut, though Holtz said he'll wait to see how quickly Eatmon can return to form in practice this week.
"Right now, I'm being told (Eatmon) is completely cleared, but until I see him put on shoulder pads and go out there and play, I've got to go with the guy that's been there for the last week, and that's Max Lang."
Holtz has made it clear in camp that if a starter misses time with injury and his replacement plays at a high level, the starter isn't guaranteed to return to his starting role.
"I've said before, when a guy's injured and a backup goes in there, if he does a great job, he's kind of earned squatter's rights," Holtz said. "I don't think he's going to give it up easily, and I think Q's going to compete his tail off to get it back. It's a great situation to have as a football team. As we go into the season, Max Lang is running with the ones."
There are several positions where USF's "returning starters" might not be returning as starters -- safety Jon Lejiste, linebacker Michael Lanaris and receiver Sterling Griffin have all been listed as top backups at times during the preseason.