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Notes: Martin, Chandler sidelined rest of spring



Injuries have sidelined two USF linemen for the rest of spring drills, as senior Lawrence Martin, who'd been working as a first-team offensive guard, is out with a shoulder injury, and junior Todd Chandler, a top backup at defensive tackle, is out with a fracture in his right foot.

"(Chandler) will be back in the fall, but he won't be back this spring," coach Willie Taggart said. "He'll be back training this summer and head into training camp, ready to roll. ... (Martin) has a shoulder injury. Hopefully it doesn't require surgery, and he can just rehab and get it back together. He won't be back the rest of spring."

Senior Steven Jacques was working with the first-team offensive line on Friday, though sophomore Thor Jozwiak looks to be closer to participating in drills after being held out in the first week of practice. The Bulls have four scholarship linemen slowed by injuries right now -- Martin, Jozwiak, Max Lang and Kam Davis -- so there were three walk-ons working with the second-team line Friday: Mak Djulbegovic at right tackle and Jake Smith and Caleb Tucker at guards.

BIVINS SHOULD PLAY: When cornerback Chris Bivins tore his ACL in November and faced surgery, Skip Holtz and his staff had talked of his taking a redshirt in 2013 to allow for a full recovery, given that he had torn the same ACL in December 2011 as a high school senior. But as Bivins continues to make progress -- he's now going through some non-contact position drills with the other corners -- Taggart said Friday that he expects Bivins to play this fall.

"We're not looking to get a lot from Chris (this spring). Those knee injuries are sensitive," Taggart said. "We just want him to continue to rehab, to be the best rehabber in the country, to get himself healthy and ready for training camp, to come out and compete with the rest of these guys. I think it's reasonable, if he continues to work hard. He's coming along."

FIRST SCRIMMAGE: USF will have its first spring scrimmage Saturday (closed) and Taggart said his focus will be situational work -- third downs, red zone, short yardage. "Really trying to teach our guys how to play the game of football," he said. "It's not just lining up and running plays, it's understanding why you're running those plays, understanding situations."

THIS AND THAT: Senior cornerback Josh Brown got work Friday as part of USF's nickel package ... Senior walk-on receiver Jonny Sitton watched practice from a stationary bike, held out with what looked to be an injury to his right shoulder. ... Taggart said he's pleased with the transition of redshirt freshman Guito Ervilus, who worked at defensive end last fall but is now wearing No. 89 as a tight end. "He's coming along," he said. "Guito's doing some really good things. He's learning the basics from even lining up in stance correctly, but he's doing good things where you see there's some potential there to really have a chance to help us."

[Last modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 9:48am]


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