Spring practice report: Juwuan Brown gets 1st-team work
If the Bulls' first fully-padded spring practice was any sign, former Jefferson High star Juwuan Brown -- a redshirt sophomore still seeking his first collegiate tackle -- has made his initial dent in USF's depth chart.
A second-team Class 6A all-state pick as a Dragons outside linebacker in 2013, Brown lined up as an end on the first-team defensive front Monday morning. The line's other starters: Robinson alumnus Bruce Hector and Kevin Bronson on the inside, and junior college transfer LaDarrius Jackson at the other end.
"That's fun to see, but it's time. He's been here long enough, it's time for him to rep his city as well," Coach Willie Taggart said. "But it's good to see Juwuan get out there making plays, and I think the more he gets in shape, the better he is, but it's good to see him flying around, and he's excited."
The defense's checkered morning included transfer MLB Cecil Cherry's end-zone interception of Asiantii Woulard in an 11-on-11 period, and CB Mazzi Wilkins' pick of Woulard in seven-on-seven that likely would've gone for a pick-six in a conventional setting. The Bulls also batted consecutive Quinton Flowers passes at the line of scrimmage on a third-and-short situation.
On the down side, QB Brett Kean found Plant alumnus Jordan Reed uncovered down the left seam for a 70-yard TD in 11-on-11, and hooked up with Tyre McCants on the left side on an intermediate route that McCants busted for a 69-yard TD.
Immediately after Monday's practice, the defensive players hung around roughly five minutes for a series of tackling-dummy drills.
"We've got to be a better tackling football team. I really didn't like the way we were doing it the first couple of days," Taggart said.
CAMPS APLENTY: Jim Harbaugh is hardly the only big name appearing at an upcoming USF camp.
Upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Tony Dungy is among those scheduled to join Taggart at the USF Football Coaches Clinic, set for Friday and Saturday at the Morsani Practice Complex.
Others scheduled to speak include new Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, Plant coach Robert Weiner, Tampa Bay Tech coach Jayson Roberts, and Bulls senior offensive consultant (and former Bradenton Manatee coach) Joe Kinnan.
Cost is $50 per coach and $40 for youth-league coaches. The fee is reduced to $35 per coach for groups of five or more coaches. For information, go to USFCoachesClinic.com.
INJURY REPORT: CB Johnny Ward will miss the entire spring while recovering from offseason toe surgery, Taggart confirmed. Ward has attended practice in a walking boot. ... DE Josh Black (foot) is participating in individual work with the defensive line, but hasn't engaged in team drills.
ODDS AND ENDS: The rest of the first-team defense Monday included WLB (or "stinger") Nigel Harris, MLB Auggie Sanchez, CB Ronnie Hoggins, CB Deatrick Nichols, FS Devin Abraham, SS (or "rover") Tajee Fullwood and "stinger" (nickel back) Khalid McGee. ... Harris dropped roughly 10 pounds in the offseason and says he's playing now at around 220. ... The Bulls practice again Wednesday at 9 a.m.