Notes: TE Hawkins back in time for scrimmage
Here are notes from Friday's practice, filed to the Times by Laurel Pfahler, who writes for the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers at TCpalm.com.
VERO BEACH -- University of South Florida tight end Jeff Hawkins returned to the field Friday for his first practice since the team left Tampa.
Lingering concussion-like symptoms had kept Hawkins from practicing since Sunday, but a light practice Friday enabled him to work his way back to the team.
"It felt good," Hawkins said. "I haven't run in a while, so my legs are fresh, and my head's feeling good, too."
Hawkins said he hasn't suffered any headaches or further symptoms, so he hopes to go full speed in Saturday's scrimmage, but the trainers will determine any limitations.
The sophomore was atop the depth chart in the spring, but Hawkins said he understands the importance of the scrimmages in determining whether he remains in that spot.
"After the scrimmage is done, we will probably find out where the depth chart is going to lay, and then after that, depending on where I am, I'm still going to continue to fight," Hawkins said.
ON THE MEND: Bulls coach Skip Holtz is glad to see some of the bumps and bruises healing, as most of the players were available to practice Friday.
A handful of players who had been held out of practice Thursday returned, including cornerback Quenton Washington (hamstring) and wide receiver Victor Marc (knee). Wide receiver T.J. Knowles remained out because of heat-related issues, and although linebacker Sam Barrington practiced, he was still limited due to lingering shoulder issues.
The Bulls practiced in shorts, jerseys and helmets and did not wear pads in a shortened session Friday evening. "(We were) just trying to get ready for the scrimmage tomorrow and give them a little bit of a break from the physical banging, the wear and tear that goes on during camp," Holtz said.
WORKING HARD: Quarterback B.J. Daniels said the Bulls have had a successful preseason so far, as the team is nine days into camp. "I think there's a lot of growth with our team," Daniels said. "A lot of guys are coming in and getting extra film at night, in the morning and during lunch. Right now we are just trying to focus on the little things we can do to get better and eliminate some of the mistakes we made in the previous practice."