Nine Bulls in senior showcase games today
For the first time in seven weeks, you can see a football player running around in a game with a USF helmet on -- nine Bulls seniors get the pre-draft spotlight in showcase games today.
That starts with safety Jerrell Young and guard Jeremiah Warren at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg for the East-West Shrine Game at 4 p.m. -- caught up with Young at practice Thursday and he's proud to be one of the few true locals on the East-West roster.
"Not just being here, playing at home, having an opportunity for scouts to see me, but also putting out the University of South Florida logo," said the St. Petersburg native. "It's important to me, to know we can bring more people to this area."
Seven other Bulls -- center Chaz Hine, cornerback Quenton Washington, defensive ends Patrick Hampton and Claude Davis, receiver A.J. Love and twins Kevin and Keith McCaskill -- will play in the first Battle of Florida game in Boca Raton, where Bobby Bowden and Howard Schnellenberger are the head coaches.
Haven't heard of any USF players being invited to the NFL combine workouts -- Young said he wasn't part of the initial invitations but was optimistic about being part of the second wave. Young is training in Miami at Bommarito Performance Systems, where USF receiver Dontavia Bogan trained last year.
Young and Warren saw plenty of familiar faces in St. Petersburg, with other Big East players like Connecticut's Moe Petrus, Pitt's Max Gruder and Brandon Lindsey, West Virginia's Keith Tandy, Najee Goode and Julian Miller and Rutgers' Desmond Wynn and Justin Francis. He talked with ECU defensive back Emanuel Davis about playing for assistant coach Rick Smith and with North Carolina's Charles Brown about playing for former Bulls assistant Troy Douglas.
(I'll be covering the East-West game for the Times, so will check back with an update on how Young and Warren fared, and we'll check on how things went in Boca as well.)