USF's Lamar: Small back with big impact
Here's a link to a feature in Wednesday's Times on USF freshman running back Lindsey Lamar, who made a strong debut Saturday despite being the smallest player on the field at 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds.
Now that USF's top newcomers have played in a game, they can talk to the media, so we were able to speak with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul on Tuesday as well. More to come from that, as well as other links ...
-- It seems every road game has a color scheme this season -- Western Kentucky is doing a "blackout" for Saturday's game against USF. A little ironic, because that's what they call it when you can't sell out a stadium and the locals can't watch on TV ...
-- Not sure if you saw the second half of USF's season-opening 40-7 win against Wofford, but Terriers coach Mike Ayers is convinced his team would have won if not for two fumbles, a missed field and two bad special-teams mistakes in the final 90 seconds of the first half.
"Mistakes cost us the win," Ayers told the Charleston Post-Courier. "And I mean the win."
-- Former USF quarterback Carlton Hill, making his debut for tiny Miles College, accounted for all five touchdowns in Miles' 35-18 win against Lane College. He rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 180 and two scores. As a result, he was the Heritage Sports Radio Network national player of the week.
-- From the Where Are They Now Dept.: The Middletown (Ohio) Journal reports that if Middleton High can win Friday against Lima, it'll be the Middies' first 3-0 start since 1992, when their head coach was ... USF defensive coordinator Joe Tresey.
-- The Dallas Morning News has a feature on former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins, who opens his second NFL season in a familiar place as the Cowboys visit the Bucs and Raymond James Stadium. Jenkins isn't saying much, but you have to think he's a little extra motivated for this game. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram also has a story on Jenkins coming home.
-- When USF travels to Syracuse on Oct. 3, the Bulls will be going up against the PGA Tour, which stops in Verona, N.Y., about 40 minutes east of Syracuse. Tournament officials, hoping to boost attendance, have promised to show the USF-Syracuse game on video boards during Saturday play.
-- ESPN.com's Pat Forde points out that of the six I-A programs that beat ranked I-AA programs on Saturday, only USF won by more than a touchdown.
-- USF's men's soccer team got a 1-0 overtime win against Valparaiso to stay unbeaten this season.