Holtz says USF's passing, catching 'really poor'

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With just two touchdowns to show for 25 offensive possessions in Saturday's spring game, USF coach Skip Holtz said he was disappointed by the Bulls' passing game, both in inconsistent passing and a high number of drops on the other end.

"It was pretty discouraging watching the passing game today," Holtz said. "I think it was very discouraging. ... I thought the way we executed the passing game was really poor today. We just didn't throw and catch it well. We dropped a touchdown first play of the game. We come back, drop a touchdown going down the sideline, drop two more balls that would have been nice catches. You've got to be able to make those. I didn't think we caught the ball very well and I certainly didn't think we threw the ball very well. ... We definitely have to get better at that if we're going to have any shot as an offensive football team."

Receiver Derrick Hopkins -- who later caught a 70-yard touchdown -- dropped a deep pass from Bobby Eveld that hit him in stride on the opening play, and Sterling Griffin -- who later caught an 11-yard scoring pass -- let another deep pass from B.J. Daniels slip through his hands. USF's top two quarterbacks went a combined 13-for-36 with two interceptions, and much of Daniels' time was against the No. 2 defense.

In addition to the two drops, USF saw its first drive end with a red-zone miss as receiver Victor Marc fumbled through the end zone for a touchback. Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch called the offense "herky-jerky" and said those missed opportunities stood out for him from Saturday's scrimmage.

"You take 21 more points and put them on the board, you might say, 'Well, we're not real good here or here, but we did some really good things,'" Fitch said. "The self-inflicted wounds discourage me."

INJURIES: Running back Darrell Scott had only four carries before pulling a muscle in his leg, and Holtz said he'll be out a few weeks, missing the final scrimmage on Saturday afternoon. ... Quarterback Bobby Eveld took a shot to the jaw on the scrimmage's first play, then was hit hard again during the runback on an interception he threw, so he sat out the second half. Holtz said he was concerned about him having a broken jaw. ... Cornerback Quenton Washington injured his left ankle, but said after the scrimmage that he was fine.

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