USF captains: Daniels, Hine, Young, Washington
Three days before USF's season opener at No. 16 Notre Dame, Bulls coach Skip Holtz announced the four players selected by their teammates to serve as captains this season, including the first non-senior captain he's ever had as a head coach.
Junior quarterback B.J. Daniels joins three seniors -- center Chaz Hine, cornerback Quenton Washington and safety Jerrell Young -- but Holtz said there's no shortage of leadership in his locker room.
"There are a lot of leaders on this team, and for the first time that I've ever done it, I opened it up to underclassmen," said Holtz, who has only 14 scholarship seniors this fall. "I think they've selected four great captains, but I think there were about 12 guys who got an awful lot of votes. You can tell there are some real defined leaders on this team, when you opened it to some of the underclassmen, and the respect this team has for guys like Sam Barrington, Ryne Giddins, (Evan) Landi, some of the underclassmen on this team that they have great respect for."
Daniels said he plays a position that lends itself naturally to leadership, but he was still honored and humbled to be chosen as a captain by his teammates.
"It's exciting. It's a testament to all the work I put all summer, trying to lead by example," Daniels said. "I've really been working hard, not to try to be a captain but trying to be a leader and do things the right way."
Holtz said he will still choose a special-teams captain each week and may send out three of his four captains because only four players can represent the team during the coin toss.
STAYING HOME: Two reserve players will not be traveling with the Bulls to South Bend this weekend, Holtz said. Sophomore Bradley Battles, the team's No. 4 running back, has been suspended for two games for an unspecified violation of team rules this spring. Battles, recovering from knee surgery in December, will be eligible to play Sept. 17 against Florida A&M. Holtz said redshirt freshman defensive tackle Todd Chandler, who was working with the third-team defensive line, is academically ineligible. Chandler has an appeal remaining but will not travel with the team to South Bend; if the appeal isn't granted, he will be ineligible for the 2011 season.
THIS AND THAT: Saturday's crowd should be among the top five ever to see a USF football game. Over the past four years, USF is 4-1 in games with an announced attendance of 65,000 or more. ... Holtz wore a microphone for about a half-hour of Wednesday's practice, and his comments will be used for a "miked up" feature on ESPN's "College GameDay" on Saturday morning.