Spring notes: RB Taylor out with shoulder
Junior running back Jamar Taylor, expected to compete with junior Mike Ford for a starting role this fall, will miss spring drills as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.
Taylor had surgery after the season to address an injury that has limited Taylor since high school, and he is expected to make a full recovery in time for preseason practice in August. Several other key Bulls will be sidelined or limited in spring drills for an assortment of reasons:
-- Sophomore guard Jeremiah Warren, expected to compete for a starting position on an inexperienced offensive line, will not participate in spring drills so he can focus on academics, coach Jim Leavitt said. Warren is still on roster and has a chance to return to the team this fall if he makes progress with his grades. Another returning lineman, sophomore Danous Estenor, has been limited by a knee injury and will not practice with the team this week, though Leavitt said he could return to action when the team resumes practice after spring break in two weeks.
-- Tight end Trent Pupello, who missed the second half of last season after injuring his neck in a car accident, will take a year away from football because of the lingering injury, Leavitt said. Pupello could return to the Bulls in 2010, but will use the next year to allow the injury to heal, and will not be on scholarship this fall.
-- The depth chart on USF's official site shows redshirt freshman Evan Landi as the top backup to quarterback Matt Grothe, though Leavitt said that is because redshirt freshman B.J. Daniels remains with USF's basketball team at the Big East tournament in New York. Leavitt said it didn't seem right to have Daniels as the top backup if he isn't practicing with the team.
-- Junior Jake Sims, one of the most experienced returning offensive linemen, is in position to be the team's starting center this fall, but because he broke his hand in December, he cannot snap the ball and will not work at center initially. Sims is listed as the starting left tackle on the depth chart, with walk-on Chaz Hine listed as the starting left guard.
Leavitt said junior Sampson Genus, who shifted back to offensive line after working as a defensive tackle last fall, is most likely to wind up at left guard. "We're thin at offensive line, and we knew we would be," said Leavitt, who will get a boost from junior college transfers Carlos Savala and Jamar Bass this fall, and potentially former FSU starter Daron Rose.