Holtz: Three veterans, two signees gone
Lots of roster news to share as USF coach Skip Holtz gave the media an official update on a busy summer of comings and goings:
-- Three more scholarship players will not be back this fall -- receivers Patrick Richardson and Jason Sherman, as well as running back Aston Samuels. Holtz said that Richardson and Samuels already have their degrees and simply aren't using all of their eligibility -- Richardson is taking a job in the work force. Sherman and Samuels had significant injuries that had already sidelined them in spring.
-- Holtz confirmed that two more signees -- junior running back Mike Hayes and freshman receiver Jamaal Montague -- will not be with the team this fall, but could join the program at a later date. Again, the hits keep coming for USF at two key positions, running back and receiver. The Bulls already lost Mike Ford and Jamar Taylor this spring at running back, with Ed Alcin transferring at receiver and A.J. Love and Sterling Griffin suffering significant injuries in the off-season.
-- No new transfers beyond the ones we've reported: Colorado running back Darrell Scott, Notre Dame receiver Spencer Boyd, East Carolina fullback/tight end Kevin Gidrey, Auburn running back Dontae Aycock (initially as a walk-on) and junior college transfer T.J. Knowles, the 6-foot-8 receiver.
-- Holtz has promoted two walk-ons and put them on scholarship this fall -- safety Mistral Raymond, who had 40 tackles last season and is expected to be a starter as a senior; and linebacker Donte Spires, who was on scholarship with the Bulls in 2007 but has been off the team the past two seasons.
-- One potential position change that's intriguing -- sophomore receiver Victor Marc, who has already worked at quarterback and safety, could get a look at running back in camp. Marc played QB in high school but was ranked as a recruit as a running back and played that position in a showcase all-star game after his senior year.
-- Good news for Bulls fans on the East coast of Florida -- Holtz said all practices at the Vero Beach Sports Village will be open to the public (and the media as well). USF will have its first scrimmage on Aug. 14 in Vero, with two more scrimmages back in Tampa on Aug. 21 and Aug. 27. The Bulls will be in Vero Beach for 12 days, from Aug. 8 to Aug. 19.
-- We'll come back in more detail on all of these with quotes from Holtz -- he also has a few more preferred walk-ons joining the team, and I'm tracking down hometowns and schools for those right now. So stay tuned for lots more from today's news conference ...