Offense dominates in USF's second scrimmage
TAMPA -- It's never easy for Skip Holtz to feel particularly good about an intrasquad scrimmage, knowing every big play comes at the expense of his players on the other side of the ball.
So the glass-half-full Holtz will point to USF's offense piling up 10 touchdowns and 550 passing yards over 148 plays in the second scrimmage of spring drills at Corbett Soccer Stadium. The glass-half-empty perspective knows it was USF's defense giving up those 10 scores.
"Every time you throw a touchdown pass, you get excited. 'Ooh, nice play.' Then you say 'Who was the safety?' That was our defense, too," Holtz said.
All three USF quarterbacks threw for more than 150 yards, with senior starter B.J. Daniels hit Andre Davis for a 59-yard pass to the 1 on his first play, and the two connected again on a 35-yard touchdown on the scrimmage's final play, with plenty of scoring in between.
"It was good for us to move the ball down the field," Daniels said. "We're still working on trying to be consistent with our drives, but all in all, I feel like it was a good day."
Junior Bobby Eveld looked to be the sharper of the backup quarterbacks -- he opened 8-for-8 for 100 yards, with touchdowns to Derrick Hopkins and Terrence Mitchell, and finished 12 of 16 for 157 yards and three scores. After opening 3 of 12 for 9 yards, redshirt freshman Matt Floyd found his rhythm, throwing late touchdowns to Davis and tight end Mike McFarland and finishing 17 of 30 for 169 yards. Daniels finished 18 of 26 for 224 yards.
"We can't allow people to throw the ball over our heads. We've got to eliminate the big plays," Holtz said.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: Walk-on tight end Jake Carlton had a 31-yard catch across the middle, and walk-on receiver Jordan Duval had catches of 16 and 32 yards. ... Lindsey Lamar, shifting back to running back after two years at receiver, looked good again, scoring on a 9-yard run. ... Tight end Mike McFarland used his 6-5 frame for a leaping jump-ball touchdown from Floyd, while fellow tight ends Evan Landi and Tye Turner also caught scoring passes across the middle.
DEFENSE: Junior Ryne Giddins was a force on the pass rush, knocking Floyd's helmet off on the only interception of the game, picked off by cornerback Kayvon Webster. Giddins' pressure of Daniels led to a safety, and he had two other plays that would have been sacks where plays were whistled dead as he got to Daniels, who wore a non-contact jersey.
THIS AND THAT: Holtz had a Big East officiating crew in for the scrimmage but was unhappy with the number of penalties, with 13 on the defense alone by his count. ... Backup tight end Isaac Virgin was held out of the scrimmage and in practice so he can focus on his classwork. ... Holtz said that senior backup defensive end Anthony Hill tore the ACL in his left knee in practice this week and will require surgery, and it's unknown when he would be able to return during the 2012 season.