This year, Bulls DT Harris comes up big
Here's a link to a feature in Friday's paper on USF sophomore defensive tackle Aaron Harris, who is tied for fifth in the Big East with five sacks this season and third among the Bulls with eight tackles for loss. He's come a long way from last season, when he was overmatched as a true freshman thrust into a starting role. And if you're not entirely sure what a "three technique tackle" is, just click and find out.
I had the chance to talk with defensive line coach Dan McCarney on Thursday in reporting the Harris story, and as a result, got to learn more about the line's future. The Bulls lose three senior defensive tackles -- Richard Clebert, Allen Cray and Julian Riley -- after this season, and McCarney said he'll enter spring with Harris and freshman Terrell McClain penciled in as starting tackles. Both starting ends, George Selvie and Jarriett Buie, will be back (Buie can regain a year of eligibility by graduating by next summer), though Woody George, who has been the top backup on both sides, will graduate.
Several of the younger defensive linemen have changed positions: freshman David Fonua, who came to USF as an end in January, now projects as a tackle; redshirt freshman Alonzo McQueen, who in August made the switch from linebacker to defensive tackle, is now working outside at end. The three true freshmen redshirting this fall can now be classified by their positions: Darren Powe, initially an end, will work at tackle, as will Kyle Dampier; Patrick Hampton will stay at defensive end.