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Football practice report: Shoulder surgery for Holman

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TAMPA -- Freshman LB Nick Holman has become the first serious casualty of USF's preseason camp, suffering a torn labrum Saturday that will require surgery.

Coach Willie Taggart said Holman, injured while making a tackle during live work Saturday afternoon, "possibly" could miss the season but stopped short of putting him on the shelf for 2014.

A three-star prospect from Madison, Ala., Holman (6-foot-2, 231 pounds) had 104 tackles and three sacks as a senior at Bob Jones High, and played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

"We heal differently around here," Taggart said before Monday afternoon's closed practice. "Some of our guys get back quicker than the doctors tell them they do sometimes, so you never know with our guys."

Elsewhere, WR Rodney Adams, recently diagnosed with a flat right foot, returned to practice Monday with some arch supports and no protective boot. TE Mike McFarland wore a protective brace on his left knee and was limited in Monday's shorts-and-helmets workout, but the injury isn't believed to be serious.

QB DECISION SOON? Taggart, who said before camp he hoped to settle on a starting quarterback after the preseason's first two weeks, suggested Monday he's sticking to that timetable. Taggart offered no definitive day on when he'll choose from sophomore Mike White and junior Steven Bench, but said it will be "sooner rather than later."

He also noted the camp performance of walk-on Evan Wilson, a redshirt freshman from Sarasota's Out-of-Door Academy. Wilson appears a lock to be the No. 3 quarterback if -- a big if -- the Bulls decide to redshirt freshman Quinton Flowers.

"All (Wilson) does is make plays constantly, play after play," Taggart said. "I think today we'll probably give him a couple of reps with the (first team)."

ODDS AND ENDS: A reminder that the annual Bulls Fan Fest, previously held at Raymond James Stadium, will be staged Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Corbett Stadium (USF's soccer complex). The event, featuring autograph opportunities with all of the Bulls' fall sports teams as well as interactive games, is free and open to the public. ... Here's your quirky factoid of the day -- White, the starter for the final five games of 2013, remains the Bulls' youngest quarterback. White turns 20 in March, roughly three months after Flowers hits the big 2-0.

AUDIBLE: "The sky's the limit for him. He can run obviously, we know that; we saw him in high school. ... But he's got a cannon on him too. I think that's one thing people don't realize; he can spin it. He's making freshman mistakes that obviously I made (last season), but I can kind of help him through that and guide him. He's made some real big-time throws in practice. He's showing us what we have to look forward to and it's gonna be exciting." -- White on Flowers

[Last modified: Monday, August 11, 2014 4:32pm]

    

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