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Jozwiak working hard on transition to center

USF signee Thor Jozwiak played exclusively at left tackle for Lake Region High last fall, but ever since January, at the request of USF's coaching staff, he's worked daily on preparing himself to play center for the Bulls.

"In two days, it felt natural," said Jozwiak, one of five incoming offensive linemen who will report to campus next month as part of USF's 2011 recruiting class. "Now it feels like second nature."

Jozwiak estimated he's taking 500 snaps a day to get comfortable as a center -- he's also having teammates practice their pass rush at him while he's snapping so he's able to focus on pass protection and blocking and not think about the snap. USF coach Skip Holtz has identified the offensive line as a position where one or two freshmen could see action right away this fall, with several uncertainties in the second-team line.

As it stands, redshirt freshman Austin Reiter is listed as the backup to senior Kevin McCaskill, though backup guard Danous Estenor could challenge for snaps since the Bulls have two solid returning starters at guard in Jeremiah Warren and Chaz Hine.

Jozwiak, whose father Brian played at West Virginia and as a guard in the NFL, is one of the more enthusiastic members of the incoming class -- Holtz called him a "ringleader" on signing day.

-- Few notes to get to -- congrats to former USF tackle Jake Sims, who has earned membership into the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society, which recognizes college football players who maintain a 3.2 grade-point average throughout their college careers.

-- An update on former Bulls linebacker and fullback Chase Griffiths, who is transferring this summer. He's looking at I-AA schools that will allow him to play without sitting out a season, according to Robert Craft, coach at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee. Among his options: Samford, Liberty, Georgia Southern, Elon, Gardner-Webb, Jacksonville State and Stony Brook, Craft says. Griffiths only played in one game at USF, coincidentally against Stony Brook last season.

-- Congrats to former Bulls linebacker Donte Spires, who graduated last week with a degree in social science and is now working toward a job with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

-- A few USF football signees are making headlines in track -- cornerback Kenneth Durden won a state title in Georgia in the triple jump with a mark of 47 feet, 3.75 inches, and tackle Max Lang took fourth at his state meet in the shot put with a mark of 52 feet, 2.75 inches. Durden also placed eighth in his state meet in the 300-meter hurdles.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 12, 2011 8:04pm]

    

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