Warren, Washington lead Bulls with experience
Guard Jeremiah Warren and cornerback Quenton Washington, the two seniors selected by Skip Holtz to represent USF today and tomorrow at the Big East football preseason media gathering in Rhode Island, are well equipped to do so, having the most career starts of any player on their side of the ball.
On a team that will not have any fourth-year starters, Warren leads the Bulls with 26 career starts, having been in the opening lineup for every game over the past two seasons. Fellow senior guard Chaz Hine is next on the team with 25, and then Washington, whose 24 career starts are six more than anyone else on the Bulls defense. The only other USF player on offense or defense with more than 20 career starts is junior quarterback B.J. Daniels, who made the trip to Newport to represent the Bulls last summer.
Last year's Bulls didn't have a ton of multi-year starters either -- defensive tackle Terrell McClain went into the 2010 season with the most career starts with just 20 entering the year. The last time the Bulls had seniors with three years as full-time starters was in 2009, when quarterback Matt Grothe opened his senior season with 38 career starts and defensive end George Selvie had 37. That team also had defensive tackle Aaron Harris with 29 starts entering the season and safety Nate Allen with 26.
-- Potentially bad news from San Francisco, as former Bulls receiver Dontavia Bogan, trying to make the 49ers roster as an undrafted rookie, sustained an injury to his right knee during Sunday's practice. He's scheduled for an MRI this morning to determine the severity. The best source for information on Bogan is his own Twitter page -- he's active on there and should have updates right away.
-- I was originally scheduled to fly up to Newport early this morning on a 7:30 a.m. flight, but my wife Nicole has been sick much of the past week, so I'm staying in Tampa to help with the kids until tonight -- no clambake, but I'll be there for all the interviews and news Tuesday morning.