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I'm off, so you guys are on ...

I'm taking the next week off, so you won't see updates from me here. So I'm asking you guys to step up in my absence. I've got five questions for you, and I want your answers in the comments ...

1. If you were Jim Leavitt, which two players would you bring to the preseason media gathering in Rhode Island in two weeks? Usually, it's one offensive and one defensive player, with a preference for seniors. I asked Leavitt on Friday and he said he wasn't sure yet. My guess is linebacker Ben Moffitt on defense, but I'm curious about the offensive player. He could go with quarterback Matt Grothe, who'd generate the most buzz for USF, but he's very careful about keeping Grothe grounded, so I don't think he'll do that this time. Is it a senior lineman, like Walter Walker or Nick Capogna, or perhaps receiver Amarri Jackson? Some schools bring three kids, and I could see Leavitt bringing a second defensive player such as Trae Williams, but to keep it simple, give me your two picks and why.

2. Who will lead the Bulls in rushing yards in 2007? Will it be former walk-on Ben Williams? Much-heralded freshman Mike Ford? Speedy redshirt freshman Aston Samuels? Or Moise Plancher, who's coming off knee surgery that cost him last season? Any votes for defending rushing champ Matt Grothe? Give me your guess and how many yards he finishes with at the end of this season.

3. Which Bulls receiver will lead the team in receiving yards? This one is wide-open, with proven returners such as Taurus Johnson, Marcus Edwards and Amarri Jackson, along with potential breakout stars like freshman Carlton Mitchell. Surely, there's a vote or two from outside those four as well, and yes, Colby Erskin fans, we're calling you out. ...

4. What bowl will USF play in? Of course, no bowl is an option, though I'm not expecting too much of that from my readers here. This isn't what you want, but what you think, so be realistic and don't forget to sign your name so we can give you all kinds of grief in January.

5. Just to mix it up, I'll throw in three quick basketball questions: first, what men's basketball players other than Kentrell Gransberry will average scoring in double figures? Will Stan Heath's team make it to the Big East tournament? And can Shantia Grace lead USF's women's team back to the NCAA tournament?

Those are the questions. I might check in with an update on this post about linebacker LeBrandon Glover, who's transferring out after one season. We'd told you earlier that Glover was considering Elon, which is USF's first opponent, and Leavitt mentioned he has a standing policy not to release transfers to schools that play against USF within a transferring player's remaining eligibility. And while it's be harmless to the outcome of the Elon game to let Glover go there, Leavitt doesn't want to create a precedent by making an exception. I asked Leavitt if he'd let Glover go with the understanding he wouldn't play in the USF-Elon game (which seems a reasonable compromise if Glover truly wants to be at Elon for four years) and he said that wouldn't want to do something like that. All that, plus Jackson State's comparable proximity to Glover's home in Pensacola, have me thinking he's going to opt to play at Jackson. He told me he should have a decision today, so we'll see ... Also, basketball recruit Sean Carter is heading to Oregon State. It's never been easier to make Jay-Z jokes in Oregon. ... Start sending in those answers and have a good Fourth of July.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:31am]


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