Thor Jozwiak joins Bulls radio team
Former Bulls OG Thor Jozwiak, whose personality was often as colorful as his periodically-dyed mohawk during his playing days, is joining the USF/IMG Radio Network team as a sideline reporter, the school confirmed Tuesday.
Jozwiak, who started 26 career games including all 13 last season, replaces Jenna Laine, who now covers the Bucs for ESPN's NFL Nation.
"Thor obviously has a terrific personality, great energy and relates very well to listeners,” veteran Bulls radio play-by-play voice Jim Louk said. "We are excited to add the insight he will bring to our broadcasts as a recent player."
Louk and analyst Mark Robinson, meantime, return for their 20th year of Bulls coverage, having called all previous 226 contests.
THREATT ATOP 500 CLUB: To quantify the program's overall strides in the weight room, USF released an assortment of individual lifting achievements Tuesday, highlighted by a dozen players who have squatted at least 500 pounds.
Atop the list: Senior RG Dominique Threatt, whose 700-pound squat tied the program record established two summers ago by NT Todd Chandler. Both Threatt and strength coach Irele Oderinde suggested Threatt could've gone a bit higher.
"It was about the cleanest 700 I've ever seen," Oderinde said.
"I think Dom might have squatted a little bit easier than Todd -- not taking anything away from Todd. And after he squatted 700, who needs to squat anymore, you know? At the end of the day, we're playing football, not going to the Olympics in weightlifting."
The team's top bench press (475) currently belongs to sixth-year senior DT Daniel Awoleke, with MLB Cecil Cherry -- a Texas transfer -- owning the top power clean (365).
SHAKEUP AT CENTER? Fourth-year junior Cameron Ruff, the first-team left guard exiting spring practice, confirmed Tuesday he's back exclusively at center, signaling camp competition between the Jesuit alumnus and redshirt freshman Michael Galati.
Ruff initially lined up with the first team Saturday, the Bulls' last public practice. Galati, the starting center at the end of spring, also took first-team snaps.
"I played center the previous two years, transitioned last year (to guard)," said Ruff, currently listed at 320 pounds -- 16 more than he weighed entering camp last season. "So right now I pretty much know both but I feel comfortable being back home."
ODDS AND ENDS: Sports Betting Dime has placed odds on Big 12 expansion candidates, listing USF as a 10-1 longshot. BYU (5-3), is the favorite followed by Houston and Cincinnati (5-2). ... Among Tuesday morning's practice highlights was QB Brett Kean's TD pass in the corner of the end zone freshman DeVontres Dukes, who made an over-the-shoulder catch in coverage, according to the team's official Twitter feed. ... Tuesday morning's workout was the Bulls' fourth (in five practices) held beneath the meteorological mercy of cloud cover. USF was set to practice again Tuesday evening in its first two-a-day session.