Holtz: Players have right attitude about rebounding
TAMPA -- A bye week after a three-game losing streak isn't easy on USF's players, but Skip Holtz said the Bulls have handled three practices well this week, recognizing that they can start anew with the final stretch of five games in five weeks.
"The attitude of this team, they still want to be good," he said. "They understand where we are. We've created the situation we're in, and we have to fight our way out of it. They understand that. We've given them (today) and Saturday to get away from football a little bit before we come back Sunday and get ready to go to work on Rutgers. I think that will benefit us. Right now, we're tired. We're a tired football team."
ON THE ROAD: USF will have seven coaches on the road to watch recruits this weekend -- the maximum allowed by the NCAA -- and the Bulls are ahead of schedule from their normal recruiting schedule, with about five scholarships still available for the incoming class.
The Bulls should have four players from the incoming class joining the program in January -- the most ever for spring additions -- in greyshirt receiver Alex Mut and three commitments: quarterback Tyler Cameron, cornerback Chris Bivins and defensive tackle James "J.T." Hamilton.
HEALING UP: USF has several players held out this week to allow minor injuries to heal, including linebacker Michael Lanaris and receiver Joel Miller. Holtz said walk-on cornerback Ernie Tabuteau, who opened the season as a top backup, has been shut down for the season due to lingering back problems. Receiver Chris Dunkley, who is sitting out this season after transferring from Florida, injured his left wrist in Wednesday's practice. Holtz said it's not yet known if the injury will require surgery.