New names as Holtz announces five GAs
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Lots of notes to get to from the Big East preseason football media gathering, but the first news of the day is that USF coach Skip Holtz announced he'll have five graduate assistants working with the team this fall.
Two are back from last year's staff -- Steve Bird, who handled the tight ends as the offensive graduate assistant last fall, is back as the on-field offensive grad assistant and will work primarily with the running backs. Former USF quarterback Marquel Blackwell, who worked as a volunteer program assistant last season, will be a graduate assistant focusing on recruiting.
There are three new names -- former Bulls player Glenn Davis, as we reported this summer, will be an off-the-field graduate assistant on defense, and former East Carolina walk-on Joe Sloan, who was Holtz's holder on special teams the past three seasons, is the off-the-field GA on offense. Here's Sloan's bio from ECU's website, and here's a story on him being the Pirates' nominee for the Rudy Award, given to the nation's top walk-on.
The on-field defensive graduate assistant will be former Kansas State safety Marcus Patton, who was a two-year starter for the Wildcats and has spent the last three seasons as the defensive backs coach at perennial powerhouse Lakeland High.