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No shortage of USF links/notes to share ...

Lots of loose-change notes today, nothing too huge but plenty of little things worth mentioning ...

-- If you read the comments thoroughly here, you'll remember that last week, one noted that USF quarterback Grant Gregory underwent surgery on his nose about two weeks ago. Gregory's father, USF offensive coordinator Greg Gregory, confirms that Grant did undergo surgery to clean up some damaged cartilage from numerous broken noses, and to have his adenoids removed, a fairly common procedure. You'll remember last year's Syracuse game, where Gregory came off the field smiling -- and bleeding quite a bit from a downfield collision. If you don't, there's a great clip on Youtube.com. His nose was bad enough that he was largely breathing out of one nostril, but after about 10 days of recuperation, he's back working out again and breathing much better. Gregory's had surgeries on his elbow, knee and thumb already in his college career, but his nose problems should lessen with a better-fitting helmet this fall, his father reports.

-- How wildly popular is the St. Petersburg Bowl? Well, there are rival official-looking sites already set up, with two different logos for the game. Neither, apparently, is the actual bowl logo, which is yet to be unveiled. First there's stpetersburgbowl.com, a one-page site that has a football-and-palm-trees logo, links to game-related headlines and a way for fans to sign up for e-mail updates. Then there's stpetebowl.com, which bills itself as the bowl's official site and has a different logo with Tropicana Field, palm trees, pelicans and ... a pair of tents? Lots more to this site, though much of it has the dreaded "coming soon" filler page. The site does have a page for the "St. Petersburg Bowl Fan Jam," which apparently will have free live pregame music from someone named "Big Sam," who "blows the funk out of his trombone and refuses to let the audience sit still." Good to know ...

-- Got a Mike Jenkins rookie card out of a pack yesterday, showing him in his USF uniform. Reminds me that Trae Williams -- who will also have cards this season -- told me he autographed 3,500 cards to be inserted in packs this season. That's a lot of signing to do -- if you figure you can autograph one card in three seconds, that's still signing for nearly three hours nonstop. Williams said he did his over about a week's time. Williams, by the way, has been assigned jersey No. 22 with the Jaguars, because veteran Drayton Florence had dibs on No. 21. Williams is Jacksonville's highest-drafted cornerback since 2005, which bodes well for him ...

-- Jenkins, by the way, will wear No. 31 with the Cowboys, and Dallascowboys.com has a four-minute video (or audio, if you prefer) clip of an interview he had in Dallas.

-- The Bucs made the Amarri Jackson signing official Tuesday morning, announcing him as one of only four players to get contracts out of 38 at the tryout. Don't want to take away from fans' excitement about him getting a contract, but according to the Bucs' site, he's one of 14 receivers on roster, which means he'll have to work to impress coaches in OTAs just to avoid getting cut in July when draft picks start signing and counting against the roster limit. Barring injury, you have to think there are five receivers (Galloway, Hilliard, D. Jackson, Stovall, Clayton) who go into preseason with roster spots to lose; the next most likely are Paris Warren, Antonio Bryant and Michael Spurlock, leaving Amarri to compete with five other largely inexperienced receivers through all the cuts.

-- Nice writeup in the Tallahassee Democrat on future USF quarterback B.J. Daniels, who was good enough in basketball to share the newspaper's Big Bend Player of the Year honors. He's believed to be the first player ever honored by the Democrat in football and basketball in the same season.

-- Interesting story on West Virginia losing more than $1-million on its trip to the Fiesta Bowl. Eating more than $1-million in unsold tickets is tough, but a team dinner that cost $120 per person?

-- Football signee Danous Estenor, who will be a nose guard at USF, finished fifth in the state in the shotput, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

-- Remember Chad Dollar, the former USF player who almost joined Stan Heath's staff last spring? After one season at LSU, he's landed at Arkansas State.

Thoughts? Comments? Anything I've missed? Keep 'em coming and I'll answer them when I can ...

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