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Correspondent Mike Camunas reports from Saturday's scrimmage:
With just a week left until USF‚Äôs spring game, new offensive coordinator Greg Gregory has been satisfied with the work done during practice, but knows his offense is still far from ready.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre nowhere where we have to be to win the Big East,‚Äù said Gregory, who was promoted after former offensive coordinator Rod Smith left for West Virginia. ‚ÄúThis is the time where we shake a little bit of the rust off you gathered in the winter.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm not displeased with what we‚Äôve done, but I‚Äôm not totally pleased either.‚Äù
Gregory saw his first team offense sputter out on the opening drive during Saturday‚Äôs scrimmage. Quarterback Matt Grothe went 2-for-4 passing for 18 yards and running back Ben Williams had three rushes for 13 yards during the series. The drive ended with a 57-yard field goal by kicker Delbert Alvarado.
On a later drive, Grothe was picked off by senior cornerback Mike Jenkins, who returned it for a touchdown. Gregory said facing a defense such as the Bulls‚Äô will be beneficial.
Timeout for T.O.: Toward the end of practice, backup quarterback Grant Gregory threw a 5-yard touchdown to receiver Amp Hill. Hill, in celebration, pulled a Sharpie out of his sock and reenacted receiver Terrell Owens‚Äô famous autographing a football after a touchdown.
Though coach Jim Leavitt declined to comment, Hill‚Äôs punishment was to sit out the rest of the session.
Bull bits: Receiver Amarri Jackson missed the scrimmage with a bruised shoulder, and Leavitt said he would return to practice this week.