USF Bulls spring football at a glance
Practice starts today, with 15 practices over the next four weeks and scrimmages scheduled for March 27 and April 10, culminating with the spring game, 6 p.m. April 17, at Raymond James Stadium.
Passing on passing? With sophomore B.J. Daniels limited and held out of contact drills as he recovers from surgery on his right (nonthrowing) shoulder, USF won't have many options at quarterback. WR Evan Landi will split time between the two positions to help the offense learn new coordinator Todd Fitch's scheme, and walk-on Ryan Eppes will also see plenty of snaps this spring.
New-look defense: New defensive coordinator Mark Snyder considers his defense a 4-3, but it's an "under defense," meaning the Bulls will have a five-man front and two traditional linebackers, like a "52" defense. Snyder's challenge this spring is being multilingual — he's merging his defense from Marshall last year with that from two East Carolina assistants, as well as some aspects of USF's defense. The hope is by the end of spring, everyone is speaking the same language.
Big holes to fill: With five defensive starters potentially going in next month's NFL draft, the Bulls have significant holes to fill on that side. Seniors David Bedford and Craig Marshall should get the first crack at defensive end, with sophomore Sam Barrington expected to step in at middle linebacker. In the secondary, sophomore Kayvon Webster should become a full-time starter at cornerback, with sophomore Jon Lejiste one of several candidates for the opening at safety.
First commitment for 2011: On Monday, USF picked up its first oral commitment for its Class of 2011, getting a pledge from Alex Mut, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver from Punta Gorda Charlotte. Mut was second-team Class 4A all-state as a junior after catching 58 passes for 1,014 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also has 14 career interceptions, but he said he'll play offense for the Bulls. He also considered Rutgers and Duke.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer