Tackle Edenfield held out of spring drills
Offensive tackle, already one of USF's thinnest positions, has taken another hit with news Tuesday that redshirt freshman Thomas Edenfield won't participate in spring drills because of academic problems.
"He's not going to be out for spring drills until he gets his academic priorities in order," said coach Jim Leavitt, who will re-evaluate Edenfield's status with the team after spring drills.
Edenfield could still be with the team this fall, but missing spring hurts his chances to compete for an opening at right tackle. As it stands, the Bulls enter spring with two walk-ons -- sophomore Jacob Sims and redshirt freshman Chaz Hine -- atop the depth chart at right tackle. USF has an experienced veteran starter at left tackle in Marc Dile, and could shift senior guard Ryan Schmidt out to tackle, allowing senior Matt Huners to return to a starting role at guard.
After Sims and Hine, USF's next option would be junior Danny Tolley, who has missed most of the last two seasons with a pelvic injury but is expected to make a healthy return this spring. Leavitt has had high praise for incoming freshman Mark Popek of Plant City, but it's rare to see impact playing time on the offensive line from a true freshman.