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QB Daniels to help with Bucs' coin toss

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TAMPA -- Bulls fans won't have to wait until Sept. 4 to see quarterback B.J. Daniels take the field at Raymond James Stadium.

On Saturday night, Daniels will assist with the pregame coin toss before the preseason game between the Bucs and Jaguars as part of USA Football Month festivities.

Daniels will be joined by youth football players from elementary, middle and high schools, along with former Bucs players, to show the progress of the sport from childhood to retirement.

As part of the program, the Bucs and the NFL are providing 4,000 complimentary game tickets to about 4,000 youth football players and coaches in the area.

DEPTH CHART: Holtz released a new depth chart that shows several key defensive positions up for grabs -- both cornerbacks have co-starters listed, with senior Mistral Raymond and junior Quenton Washington even on one side and sophomores Kayvon Webster and George Baker vying for the other spot.

What's more, redshirt freshman JaQuez Jenkins of Lakewood was working with the first-team defense Wednesday, ahead of expected starter Jon Lejiste, who is playing despite a broken bone in his right ring finger. Another redshirt freshman, DeDe Lattimore, is listed as a starter at weakside linebacker ahead of senior Sabbath Joseph, who missed much of the last week with a concussion. Joseph returned to practice Wednesday and will have plenty of time to make a case for staying in the starting lineup.

"There's some slashes and tight races that maybe could flip, but pretty much, the guys on that depth chart are the guys who are going to be playing," Holtz said.

Redshirt freshman Bradley Battles, coming off a strong scrimmage, is listed as a co-starter with senior Mo Plancher, who has been slowed by a shoulder injury.

THIS AND THAT: Of his two injured starting receivers, Holtz said Sterling Griffin (ankle) is likely to return ahead of A.J. Love (knee), though both are likely out until October. ... Freshman tackle Jake Kaufman, who is redshirting this season, injured his right ankle while running after practice Tuesday and is likely to be out of practice for at least a month. ... Sophomore Daniel Bryant, moved from cornerback to receiver last week to help depth concerns there, injured his ankle during Wednesday's practice. "He brought a little bit of excitement and energy and speed and athleticism, and I was hoping he could come along," Holtz said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 9:31pm]

    

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