Top tackler? Shouldn't be tough call
if there's one thing I'd like to have on the blogs and sports pages here, it'd be interactive polls, just because they're great sources of conversation and give you a real sense of what fans/readers think.
USF's official site has a curious poll up today, asking which player will lead the team in tackles. Realistically, you could put senior linebacker Ben Moffitt up against the field -- any other player on defense -- and I think he'd win a popular vote, easily. Barring injury, the only real challenger I'd think would be Tyrone McKenzie, the transfer from Iowa State who finished in the top 10 nationally in tackles last season.
As I write this, Moffitt has 72 percent of the votes, with defensive end George Selvie second with 13 percent. Selvie is a phenomenal player, but just logistically, it's hard for a defensive lineman to lead a team in tackles. It's almost always a linebacker, and McKenzie is third with 10 percent of the votes.
-- Another baseball signing, as senior Yuri Higgins has signed with the Chicago Cubs and reported to their facility in Arizona. Higgins was a 38th-round draft pick and should be soon assigned to a rookie-league team. He's the third Bulls player to sign, joining fellow pitchers Danny Otero (Giants) and Davis Bilardello (Cardinals).
-- The official site has updated the men's basketball roster, and congrats to walk-on Montana Heirman, who was on last year's squad but wasn't listed on the actual roster. We've written about Heirman, who started his college career at Bradley, and now he's on, along with senior Eddie Lovett, a regular last season, and fellow walk-ons Bobby Torres and Jared Rubens, who made it in for a combined four minutes last season. Obviously, coach Stan Heath could re-evaluate the bottom of his roster before the season, but for now, those four have a spot on his first team.
-- Didn't get to it, but linebacker Stephen Nicholas has already signed with the Atlanta Falcons, impressive in that Rich McKay is never really in a hurry to sign his draft picks before July. It's a four-year deal for Nicholas, and while financial terms were not disclosed, the standard signing bonus for a fourth-round pick has been about $400,000, going by figures released from last year's rookies.
-- Had a question on the comments about USF's annual fan day, where you guys get to see the end of a preseason practice, then get autographs and pictures with Jim Leavitt and his players. Don't have an exact time yet, but it's set for Saturday, August 25.