Receiver Landi getting work in hybrid WR/TE role
Junior Evan Landi, the Bulls' top returning receiver in yards and catches, is now getting work as USF's "inside receiver" position, a hybrid WR/TE role that makes good use of his 6-foot-3, 221-pound frame.
"He can play anywhere, he's so smart, but we're trying to make him a multifaceted guy," offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said Thursday. "He's going to be one of our leading receivers, and we're using him at the core of our offense in some inside areas. We've tried to focus on him at inside receiver, let him get comfortable with that and he's really taken to it pretty well."
Landi is the tallest and biggest of USF's receivers, and the move takes advantage of the Bulls' newfound depth at receiver, as well as an overall shortage at tight end. USF has junior Andreas Shields and sophomore Isaac Virgin returning at the "H" or hybrid position, but the two combined for just seven catches for 109 yards last season. Fitch said Landi's future may be at the new position, where he's more likely to draw coverage from linebackers than defensive backs.
"I think he'll go to that role eventually. We're trying to dial guys in and hone them into certain spots," Fitch said. "We're trying to do what's best for us as an offense, but also what's best for a young man. His skill set, his body type. He's 225 pounds right now, but he could be probably 245 in a year. Where his body's going, what makes him the best player possible, what fits our offense, we took a look at it. You get him matched up with those linebackers and he's what you call a mismatch."
Other notes from early in Thursday's practice ...
-- Two players are wearing casts on their hands -- linebacker Armando Sanchez has a huge cast on his left hand, and defensive tackle Todd Chandler had one on his right. Both continued to practice despite their injuries. RB Darrell Scott sat out practice after a trip to the dentist, and a few others -- guard John McGhin, cornerback George Baker -- were out with injuries as well.