Tuesday morning USF notes and links
Football's first practice is now just nine days away -- the last voluntary workout of summer was last night at midnight, giving players a week to catch their breath before things get started next week. Lots of notes and links to share ...
-- I mentioned Sunday that tackle Carlos Savala might not be with the Bulls this fall -- word I'm getting is that it's "50-50" that he'll complete the necessary classes and be with the team this season. He has a redshirt year available and could join the team in January, though his presence would help a young, unproven offensive line this season. Another junior college standout that's not in for sure is highly rated defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who still has to finish multiple classes this summer to get in this fall.
-- I tweeted this Monday but didn't post anything here, but USF coach Jim Leavitt addressed injured kicker Maikon Bonani at Monday's media golf outing: "He's OK. Bonani came up to the office the other day. He's got a brace on, so that doesn't look good. He can't move much or breathe much and all that ... Will he kick this year? Probably not. Doesn't look like it. ... I told him 'Maikon, the best thing is you're healthy, you're talking, you're walking.' In the end, anything else (beyond that) is great. Sounds like he won't have to have surgery, sounds like he'll be able to rest it and kick later."
-- Former USF walk-on receiver Rhett Hamrick, who played last season but didn't have a catch, has transferred to last year's opening opponent, I-AA Tennessee-Martin, where he's on scholarship with three years of eligibility. ... Former USF signee Donnell Engram, a defensive end from Tarpon Springs who spent last fall at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, will be at West Hills Community College in California.
-- Leavitt will like to hear this: Opening opponent Wofford has been picked to finish second in the Southern Conference behind Appalachian State in the league's preseason coaches poll. Only two Wofford players were named to the preseason all-conference first team.
-- Canesport.com's USF preview writes that "the Canes get USF in what, on paper, appears will be a rebuilding year for the program. But this is still a dangerous team."
-- The Orlando Sentinel, taking a larger interest in state recruiting, writes about USF commitment Brandon Wilkinson, a defensive end from Venice.
-- Remember that USF was scheduled to play Indiana this fall before the Florida State game came available. Sounds like Indiana coach Bill Lynch -- whose team had to replace a home date with USF with a road game at Virginia -- referenced the scheduling switch at Big Ten media days, hinting that the Bulls might have paid to have the '09 game moved back on the schedule.
-- One of the big stories of Cowboys preseason camp will be whether former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins can hold off fellow second-year pro Orlando Scandrick for a starting corner job.
-- Collegefootballnews.com's Big East preview says that USF is a team that will surprise -- think they mean that in a good way -- but ranks George Selvie as the league's No. 4 NFL prospect.