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Spring has sprung: Gameday links ...



USF's spring football game is just 10 hours away, and there's a bunch of links to share from state newspapers writing stories in advance of tonight's game at Raymond James Stadium.

-- The Lakeland Ledger's Tom Zebold looks at senior quarterback Matt Grothe preparing for his final season with the Bulls and a new offense under Mike Canales. "I feel like I'm in the best shape I've ever been here," Grothe tells the Ledger. "I feel like my arm is the strongest it's been since I've been here. Hopefully, I can keep it going to the fall and we can do some big things this year."

-- The Orlando Sentinel's Chris Harry focuses on USF's desire to improve its red zone offense, and how the addition of former Cincinnati defensive coordinator Joe Tresey has helped Canales find the weaknesses in his offense.

-- Speaking of the Sentinel, columnist Mike Bianchi heard about Jim Leavitt running the 40-yard dash this week and writes: "I haven't seen Leavitt run that fast since he was approached about renewing the annual football rivalry between UCF and USF."

-- USF baseball has figured out its power out the plate, hitting six home runs in a win at Georgetown that puts them at 9-2 in the Big East, tied atop the league standings.

-- Former Bulls receiver Huey Whittaker is getting noticed in workouts with the New York Jets.

-- The Indianapolis Star has an update on former Plant and Miami quarterback Robert Marve, who is visiting Purdue this weekend.

-- Speaking of Miami, the Miami Herald writes about how the recruiting wall once built around south Florida by the University of Miami is showing signs of vulnerability -- USF's signing of Kayvon Webster is referenced as evidence of that.

-- Here's our story from last year's spring game -- here's hoping there's more to tonight's game than nine total points. Four times in the last five spring games, the winning team has scored 14 points or less. Lots more to come tonight -- not sure if I'll be able to blog live because the press box won't be open, but should be able to at least Twitter -- you can sign up for free updates to stay on top of all our news on USF athletics.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:15pm]


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