More buzz around USF freshman corner Robbins
TAMPA -- It's only three days into fall practice at USF, with no pads yet in drills, but there's a growing buzz around freshman cornerback Lamar Robbins, who is making a case to play immediately this fall.
"He had a good day yesterday, was talking a lot of smack," senior safety Mark Joyce said. "He told us yesterday he was going to shut Andre (Davis) down, and he did. He got a pick on Andre and shut him down the whole day. I liked that."
Wanting to go up against USF's top receiver from last year speaks well to Robbins' confidence. USF coach Willie Taggart won't allow true freshmen to speak to the media until December, but he's sending a message on the field in his first week.
"A lot of guys seem a little scared of Andre, but he came out here, got in his face and showed him he's not scared of him," Joyce said. "He's got a lot of size, long arms. He's like 6-2, so that's really good."
Taggart, speaking about defensive players stepping up and making plays, pointed to Robbins and fellow freshman Hassan Childs, who got an interception for the second day in a row.
"We had two freshmen make great plays," Taggart said. "Hassan Childs made a great play, got an interception, and Lamar Robbins made a really nice play, covering Andre Davis."
NIMBLE MOVES: Taggart had praise for defensive tackle Elkino Watson, who had an interception off a deflection last season and looked natural picking up a loose ball to recover a fumble Tuesday.
"Elkino Watson got a fumble where he looked like an athlete, looked like a skill guy, one of those skinny guys," Taggart said. "He bent down, no hesitation, scooped it and scored. It was awesome to see."
NO SHARING: USF has a four-player QB battle this month, but Taggart said he won't employ any kind of rotation between quarterbacks this fall, reiterating that he'll pick a starter and go with it.
"I hate that," he said. "We're going to play one guy. We'll find the right guy. What we're doing right now is allowing those guy to compete. We get in pads and as training camp continues to go on, we're evaluating every single day. Every single throw they make, every single handoff, every single step we're evaluating. By the end of training camp, we'll know. Those guys will start separating themselves. I love where we're at right now."
Senior Bobby Eveld continued to work with the No. 1 offense early in Wednesday's practice, with sophomore Matt Floyd working with the 2s. Newcomers have been working in an earlier session, but Penn State transfer Steven Bench and freshman Mike White will now be worked into a rotation for reps with the two returning veterans.