Notes: Leavitt says injured Bulls look fine
Correspondent Kerry Klecic checks in with Monday's practice report ...
TAMPA - Four key members of the USF defense were banged up during the Bulls’ 17-7 victory over Florida State on Saturday: linebackers Kion Wilson, Sabbath Joseph and Chris Robinson and defensive end George Selvie.
However, USF coach Jim Leavitt said all were back at practice Monday night and looked fine.
Leavitt also said senior wide receiver Jessie Hester, who hasn’t played since the season opener because of ankle and hamstring injuries, practiced Monday and “looked good.”
Bulls get honors: USF junior defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Pierre-Paul helped the USF defense hold Florida State to 19 yards rushing, while totaling four tackles —three which were for a loss — in a 17-7 upset at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday
“I think that’s a tribute to our defense,” Leavitt said. “I think Jason would say that.”
Redshirt freshman B.J. Daniels was named to the Big East weekly honor roll. Daniels had 341 yards of total offense and threw for two touchdowns.
Physical Bulls: USF defensive coordinator Joe Tresey reiterated Monday the physicality he saw from the USF defense in the win over FSU.
“That’s the most physical we’ve played this year, even though we’ve got to get more physical every week,” he said. “Fundamentally, we’re getting better, small steps.”
In the first two games of the season, USF’s defense allowed big runs against Wofford and Western Kentucky, with the Hilltoppers gaining 200 yards on the ground. The Bulls sacked FSU quarterback Christian Ponder five times and recovered four fumbles.
“We’ve still got to work on some communication issues, but (Saturday) was without a doubt the best game we played all year, so we’ve got to just keep getting better,” Tresey said.
Other notes: USF was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week on Monday … Tresey said USF’s Big East conference opener at Syracuse on Saturday is a concern from him, as the Orange are on a two-game winning streak: “You just look at them, their team has confidence right now. They have a good quarterback (Greg Paulus) leading them.”