USF journal: Oladokun back at practice, and a Holtz sighting
For the first time in two weeks, Bulls redshirt freshman QB Chris Oladokun participated in practice, running with the third-team offense Wednesday morning.
Sources close to the Sickles High alumnus said late last week Oladokun has been battling mononucleosis. Possibly embracing the return of competition from Oladokun, backup QB Brett Kean was clinical in the 11-on- 11 session open to the media, scoring via a pass and run.
Meantime, senior WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, nursing a right leg injury for 11 days, didn’t participate in any live reps open to reporters, but was seen doing catching drills off to the side. Senior CB Tajee Fullwood, who injured his left ankle at Saturday’s practice, again didn't practice.
NO, NOT THAT HOLTZ: Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz -- once Charlie Strong's boss at both Notre Dame and South Carolina -- addressed the Bulls on Tuesday. Bucs icon Derrick Brooks followed with an appearance of his own Wednesday.
“I took away climbing that mountain every day,” TE Kano Dillon said of Brooks' talk.
“They had a championship team ('02 Bucs), and then the next year they fell off (7-9) because they we’re already on top of that mountain. They didn’t re-climb it in the beginning of the next year. That translates to us because of the season we had last year, and people putting us on a high pedestal.
"We have to climb that mountain again and not fall off."
AUDIBLE: "At 270 pounds, he’s a load now, and then he can run like he can. You saw at the spring game he made a play near the two-minute mark and he almost pulled away from everybody. I think that shows that he has some special talent that not everybody else has. He has the length, the bulk, so now I think it’s just a matter of getting him confident and making sure he knows he’s the biggest, baddest guy on the field." – tight Ends coach Justin Burke on Dillon