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USF Bulls at a glance

Basics

Coach: Skip Holtz (8-5, second year at USF; 80-55 overall)

2010 record: 8-5, 3-4 in Big East

Conference: Big East

Radio: 970-AM (Tampa)

Website: GoUSFbulls.com

Area players

Chris Breit, FB, Jr., Plant*; Spencer Cavalieri, FB, Jr., Gaither*; Mattias Ciabatti, PK, Fr., Hillsborough*; Andre Davis, WR, Fr., Jefferson; Rony Delisca, DE, Sr., Wharton*; Mak Djulbegovic, OL, Fr., Carrollwood Day*; Cody Durakovic, DE, So., Sickles*; Jordan Duval, WR, Fr., Hillsborough*; Ryan Eppes, QB, So., Largo*; Bobby Eveld, QB, So., Jesuit; Julius Forte, DE, So., Boca Ciega; Ruben Garcia, LB, Fr., Durant*; Ryne Giddins, DE, So., Armwood; Ruben Gonzalez, WR, Fr., Robinson; Tyler Guy, TE, Fr., Freedom*; Chaz Hine, OG, Sr., Newsome; JaQuez Jenkins, S, So., Lakewood; Lindsey Lamar, WR, Jr., Hillsborough; Mike McFarland, TE, Fr., Blake*; Joel Miller, WR, Sr., Wharton; Terrence Mitchell, WR, So., Hillsborough; Mark Popek, OT, Jr., Plant City; Tyler Robb, DB, Fr., Tampa Catholic*; Armando Sanchez, LB, Jr., Northeast; Andreas Shields, TE, Jr., Wharton; Jake Smith, OL, Fr., Bloomingdale*; Mike Walsh, LS, Sr., Plant; William Whiteside, WR, Fr., Chamberlain*; Justin Wilcox, RB, So., Freedom*; Mike York, OL, Fr., Plant City*; Jerrell Young, S, Sr., Gibbs.

* walk-on ** sitting out as transfer

Position analysis

QUARTERBACK

B.J. Daniels has the comfort of working in the same offense for consecutive years — and with more confidence in Bobby Eveld as a backup, USF will let Daniels run more, making him more of the dual threat he was as a freshman.

RUNNING BACK

There are high expectations for juniors Demetris Murray and Darrell Scott, the latter a transfer from Colorado who was once the No. 1 running back recruit in the nation. Expect more of a traditional running game.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Three starters from last year are gone, and Chaz Hine slides from guard to center. Pressure's on two new tackles, junior Mark Popek and redshirt freshman Quinterrius Eatmon. Guard Jeremiah Warren has the most career starts of any Bulls player, with 26.

RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

Perhaps USF's most improved position, with A.J. Love and Sterling Griffin back after missing 2010 with injuries. Expect a big splash from freshmen Andre Davis and Ruben Gonzalez, as well as redshirt freshman Deonte Welch. Evan Landi makes the transition from WR to TE this fall.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Three starters from last year made NFL preseason rosters, but there's excitement about sophomore DE Ryne Giddins, a former Parade All-American. Cory Grissom and Keith McCaskill have experience in the middle, but watch for true freshman Elkino Watson.

LINEBACKERS

Perhaps USF's best position — junior Sam Barrington and sophomore DeDe Lattimore shined as first-year starters, and the Bulls go about six deep, with junior Mike Lanaris likely starting in the middle.

SECONDARY

Safety is another strength with returning starters Jon Lejiste and Jerrell Young, and Quenton Washington is a potential draft pick at cornerback. This could be a breakout year for junior corner Kayvon Webster in his first year as a full-time starter, and St. Petersburg's JaQuez Jenkins can help out at safety and corner.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Maikon Bonani had the most accurate field-goal season in school history in 2010. The punting job is a tossup between veteran Justin Brockhaus-Kann and true freshman walk-on Mattias Ciabatti of Hillsborough.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Raymond James Stadium

Capacity: 65,890.

Tickets: Season tickets (seven games) start at $65, with individual tickets available. For information, go to GoUSFbulls.com or call the ticket office toll-free at 1-800-462-8557.

Sept. 17

vs.

Florida A&M

7 p.m., BHSN

Sept. 10

vs.

Ball State

7 p.m., BHSN

Sept. 3

at

Notre Dame

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8

Oct. 15

at

UConn

TBA

Sept. 29

at

Pittsburgh

8 p.m., ESPN

Sept. 24

vs.

UTEP

TBA

Nov. 11

at

Syracuse

8 p.m., ESPN2

Nov. 5

at

Rutgers

TBA

oct. 22

vs.

Cincinnati

Noon

Dec. 1

vs.

West Virginia

8 p.m., ESPN

Nov. 25

vs.

Louisville

TBA

Nov. 19

vs.

Miami

TBA

USF Bulls at a glance 08/30/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 11:56pm]
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