Leavitt: Starting lineup beginning to take shape
With 11 days before USF opens its season against I-AA Wofford, coach Jim Leavitt said Tuesday night that much of the team's starting lineup has been established after three weeks of preseason drills.
"It's getting pretty well set, pretty close," Leavitt said.
Leavitt said true freshman Kayvon Webster would be the Bulls' starting nickel defensive back, and his teammate from Miami Monsignor Pace, freshman Sterling Griffin, is battling for a starting job at receiver. A third freshman, Hillsborough's Lindsey Lamar, is working with the top three running backs expected to split carries in the opener.
Other spots are more obvious -- senior leaders such as quarterback Matt Grothe, defensive end George Selvie, linebacker Kion Wilson, safety Nate Allen and cornerback Jerome Murphy.
Offensive line, which lost four senior starters from last year's unit, has four players established as starters -- left tackle Jeremiah Warren, left guard Chaz Hine, center Sampson Genus and right guard Zach Hermann, with Mark Popek and Jake Sims battling for the starting nod at right tackle.
Another position up for grabs is the end spot opposite Selvie, with senior Aaron Harris and sophomore Patrick Hampton leading a large group of pass-rushers. Injuries have made the interior defensive line spots more open, with projected starters Terrell McClain and Cory Grissom limited by injuries.