Little things add up to much for USF's Holtz
Here's a link to the Skip Holtz feature you'll find in Sunday's Times, talking about the changes, big and small, found in USF's football program now after nearly eight months since Holtz was hired.
One interesting change that didn't make it into the story was something as simple as when the Bulls are eating dinner during preseason camp. In past years, USF's players gathered for dinner not long after an afternoon practice, and in many cases, they had been so busy rehydrating themselves from a long, hot practice that there wasn't much of an appetite for a big meal. Under Holtz, the Bulls aren't eating until 9 p.m. each night, which allows players to attend team meetings after practice, giving them time to build up an appetite.
Receivers coach Phil McGeoghan said he likes the change, and with the heavy practice load during the month before the season starts, he thinks bigger meals will help players maintain their weight for the start of football season. In particular, he's making dinner dates with sophomore receiver Lindsey Lamar, who needs to pack a few pounds onto his 164-pound frame. McGeoghan said he might pick up a few pounds trying to push Lamar for second servings, but he's happy to take it for the team, so to speak.
The Bulls head over to Vero Beach on Sunday night, and we'll be there to cover practices for at least the first four days, so there will be lots more to read about this week as the Bulls get ready for their first season with Holtz.