Leavitt: Landi will work mostly at WR this spring
Here is Friday's practice notebook from Times correspondent Kerry Klecic ...
TAMPA -- Whenever USF redshirt freshman quarterback B.J. Daniels left the game this season, redshirt freshman Evan Landi entered in his place.
But the way USF coach Jim Leavitt made it seem Friday after practice, Daniels’ backup is, well, Daniels.
“Our starter is B.J. Daniels. Our second team is B.J. Daniels. Our third team is B.J. Daniels,” Leavitt said of who would be the second or third-string quarterback. “Let me tell you what Evan Landi is: Landi would probably start at quarterback here or anywhere else if it wasn’t for B.J. Daniels. ... (Landi) is one of the best freshman players I've ever been around. Ever. He's a class act. He's sharp as they come. He's an incredible worker. Evan Landi is a dream. He really is.”
Even though Landi, who has worked at quarterback and wide receiver this season, is the Bulls’ only other experienced quarterback, Leavitt said Landi’s role this spring will mostly be at receiver.
“Evan can start at receiver or quarterback or safety or linebacker or tight end or holder or kicker — the guy is just special,” Leavitt said. "Receiver is probably what Evan would be, and then he'll have to run some quarterback."
USF freshman scout team quarterback Ryan Eppes is working at safety, Leavitt said. Freshman Victor Marc was brought in as a quarterback at midseason but is now working at wide receiver.
Marshall will play in International Bowl: USF junior defensive end Craig Marshall, who’s been sidelined with a knee injury since a 31-0 loss at Rutgers on Nov. 12, will probably be back for the International Bowl against Northern Illinois on Jan. 2, Leavitt said.
Other notes: Leavitt said he’s been impressed with freshman defensive end Julius Forte, who hasn’t played all season, during recent practices … Redshirt freshman wide receiver Daniel Bryant, who is ineligible this season, is now working at cornerback, but could shift back to receiver based on how USF fares in recruiting, Leavitt said. …The Bulls have not practiced in full pads during bowl preparation because Leavitt said he’s focusing on the team’s conditioning.