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Practice update: Bulls finally back outdoors



TAMPA -- After being forced indoors to the Sun Dome for rain for two days, the Bulls got in a regular practice Wednesday despite more rain in the afternoon.

"We went a good two and a half hours and it was very physical," coach Jim Leavitt said. "I thought the guys did a really good job today."

A few key players recovering from injuries are making progress -- starting cornerback Quenton Washington (ankle) practiced "a little bit," Leavitt said, and receiver/holder Evan Landi (shoulder) dressed and "could play."

Receiver Jessie Hester, who has recovered from an ankle injury that sidelined him from the first two games, is likely out after pulling a hamstring in practice. Tight end Kenneth Luberice, who also missed the first two games, is "close," Leavitt said.  Safety Jerrell Young, who broke his right arm in the opener, dressed out in full pads and a helmet, but Leavitt said he is "probably" out for Saturday.

 LOCAL TIES: Charleston Southern has 42 players from Florida on its roster, and the Buccaneers went after a few USF players. Receiver A.J. Love took a recruiting visit to CSU but said USF was always his No. 1 option, and CSU was one of three schools (with The Citadel and Southern Illinois) to offer a scholarship to Newsome's Chaz Hine, who instead opted to walk on at USF. He's now on scholarship and the Bulls' starting left guard.

LIGHTER LOAD: Senior Delbert Alvarado has handled field goals, punts and kickoffs in the first two games, but after two missed field goals Saturday, Leavitt said he might have walk-on Eric Schwartz handle kickoffs to lessen the load on Alvarado. Leavitt said freshman walk-on Austin Pullaro's injured knee has improved enough that he is another possibility.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:11pm]


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