Webster, Hopkins help set 4x100 school record
Kayvon Webster and Derrick Hopkins were absent from USF's football practice Friday afternoon, but they had a good excuse. A few hundred yards to the west, within earshot of their football teammates, Webster and Hopkins joined with soccer standout Armante Marshall and sprinter Greg Fontus to reset USF's school record in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 40.79 seconds.
You'll probably see that record broken again this season -- sprinter Lindsey Lamar opted not to run after practicing with the football team on Tuesday and Wednesday. Webster and Hopkins were both expected to continue in individual sprints Friday evening, and receiver Sterling Griffin was also excused from practice and ran in the 400 meters.
Fontus was also on the record-setting relay back in 2007, along with cornerback Ryan Gilliam, soccer player Jordan Seabrook and sprinter D'Andre Ruff. The school record that Griffin is trying to catch in the 400 meters? That'd be Carlton Mitchell's 47.28 seconds, set in 2007.
Other notes ...
-- Defensive end David Bedford was back at practice Friday after missing the first two days to focus on his academics. Running back Jamar Taylor was not seen in the first half-hour of practice, which is open to the media. Can't read but so much into how players are lining up right now, but Bedford was going through drills with the fourth-string defensive line, alongside a first-day walk-on.
-- USF already has officials in attendance at practice -- they've been told to throw flags when they see penalties, and while play won't be stopped for the flags, they're noted with a time and player number so coaches are aware of the penalties.
-- It will be interesting to follow the battle at kicker, where Maikon Bonani and Eric Schwartz will be competing for the starting job. If Friday's any indication, the third option on place-kicking looks to be walk-on Austin Atkins.
-- Not enough you see a player recently dismissed from a team stop by practice, but former USF running back Mike Ford was a visitor Friday, watching with former receiver Amarri Jackson. More alumni on hand, as quarterback Grant Gregory was there (on spring break from Kansas State) with former lineman Matt Huners.