Links galore: More USF football to read
Saturday's Fan Fest is a gold mine for football notes because it's a three-hour window with access to most of USF's football players -- the school doesn't allow newcomers to talk to the media until they've played in a game, but otherwise, everyone else is available, so it's a free-for-fall amid all the autograph-seeking fans.
Knowing that, I'm trying to get a bunch of links out of the way -- should have a post this evening with a link to a story that will be in Saturday's Times on linebacker Kion Wilson. Until then, here's more to read:
-- The Miami Herald has the Associated Press' Big East football preview for 2009 -- writer Ralph Russo is picking USF to win the conference.
-- This week's Sporting News is their college football preview -- they pick USF to go 7-5, with a 5-2 conference record to finish third. They put the Bulls in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Clemson. The only Bulls on the all-conference team are defensive end George Selvie (who's also on their All-American team) and safety Nate Allen. Amusing that they ask N.C. State's defensive coordinator for his insight on Selvie, since Selvie didn't play against the Wolfpack last season. They have Selvie as the league's top NFL draft prospect, with defensive back Jerome Murphy ranked fourth.
-- ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel unveils his preseason All-American team, and Selvie is the only Big East player to make the cut. ESPN.com's Brian Bennett offers his second-team All-Big East, with USF's Matt Grothe, Jamar Bass, Kion Wilson and Jerome Murphy are on there ...
-- One of the underrated parts of covering USF is seeing USF coach Jim Leavitt react to cellphones going off during interviews. Always good for a laugh -- check out the interview here -- first at 3:55 into the video, then again at 5:05. ... Story on the same page says that USF's football players lose as much as 11 pounds from sweating in a single practice. I would benefit from that ...
-- Former USF second baseman Ben Drawdy has been hired to coach football and baseball at Academy at the Lakes in Land O'Lakes, the Times' Joey Knight reports. Drawdy played at USF from 1998-2001 and shares the school record for hits in a game with five. He's fifth on the Bulls' all-time games played list at 226.