Rivals.com ranks USF football No. 25
One of the summer's biggest college-football countdowns has finally gotten to USF -- I think Bulls fans don't mind the wait -- as Rivals.com unveiled the Bulls as its No. 25 team in the preseason.
Rivals gives USF's offense and defense a "B" grade, naming Carlos Savala and Cory Grissom as impact newcomers and Mike Ford and Terrell McClain as emerging players.
"This is the final season for Grothe and Selvie, and the potential exists for a big send-off," they write. "A Big East title is a legitimate goal, and anything less than a top-three finish in the league would be a big disappointment."
More notes from the weekend ...
-- Another chapter in the saga of Bradenton quarterback Brion Carnes, who considers himself a USF commitment but took a visit to Georgia this past weekend, according to Rivals.com's Jamie Newberg. "If I take some visits this fall, Georgia will be one of them," Carnes tells him. Another top USF target, receiver Ace Sanders, made the trip as well.
-- Maikon Bonani's hometown paper, the Lakeland Ledger, has a story on his fall at Busch Gardens, and talks with his coach at Lake Wales High School, Rod Shafer. "If there's any way he can overcome this, he will," Shafer told the Ledger. "He's a tough son of a gun."
-- ESPN.com blogger Brian Bennett is certainly right in pointing out that USF quarterback Matt Grothe deserves to be among the 21 quarterbacks on the watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. I wouldn't be surprised to see him added to the list, and I'll have to scout around for more updates to the 2009 Watch List Watch List ...
-- We've told you USF is seeking a new defensive graduate assistant after Jared Davis left to become defensive coordinator at Gibbs High in St. Petersburg. According to footballscoop.com, USF offered the job to Clemson grad assisant Daric Riley -- who worked with linebackers coach David Blackwell the past two seasons -- but Riley opted to stay at Clemson. The move seems to show a desire to bring in an experienced coach as the defensive GA, along the same lines as offensive GA Steve Bird.