Point of no returns: Bogan playing WR only
Sorry not to post this last night -- here's Friday night's USF notes from Times correspondent Kerry Klecic ...
TAMPA -- USF senior wide receiver Dontavia Bogan will not return kicks to begin the season because of injury concerns, coach Skip Holtz said Friday night.
Bogan, who is the all-time USF leader in career return yards with 1,540, really wants to do it, Holtz said, but with the lack of depth at receiver, it is too risky. Holtz did say that Bogan could possibly return to the position later in the season once the Bulls get senior receiver A.J. Love (knee) and sophomore receiver Sterling Griffin (ankle) back healthy.
"I just told him right now with where we are from a depth standpoint, it scares me," Holtz said after USF's scrimmage Friday night. "We let him run with the twos tonight. I do realize ... the all-time school record and all those types of things, but it's not about his records. It's about the team. But as we start the season I'm not looking to put him back there."
Holtz mentioned three names that are likely to earn the starting kick returner spots for the season opener against Stony Brook on Sept. 4: sophomore cornerback Kayvon Webster and sophomore receiver Lindsey Lamar and freshman cornerback Terrence Mitchell, both Hillsborough High graduates.
Plancher back: Sixth-year senior running back Mo Plancher, who has been slowed by a shoulder injury, participated in the scrimmage, Holtz said.
Plancher, who was the clear front-runner for the starting spot before the season, is now listed as a co-starter with redshirt freshman Bradley Battles, though Holtz was encouraged by his return Friday.
"I felt like it was it important that he gets in there and gets a little work," he said. "I don't want the first time he gets hit to be from two weeks off with a shoulder injury."
Offense still developing: When asked which side of the ball had a better scrimmage, Holtz said he saw positives on both sides but that the offense still is not as consistent as he'd like it to "logistically," meaning signals from the sideline and calling plays.
"We've got to work a little bit more on those types of things. Some of it might have looked bad because a receiver was on the wrong side of the formation," he said. "Some of those things we just have to work on and polish a couple of those things up, but I think everybody's into it. I thought they were sharp. I thought they were crisp."