USF coach Skip Holtz said Sunday that junior running back Darrell Scott, the team's leading rusher this season, is considering putting his name in as an early-entry candidate for the NFL draft.
"I don't know exactly where it is right now. We've had a couple of conversations, not any final conversations, but the one would be Darrell Scott," Holtz said. "That's the only one that I even see entertaining (early entry). I'd like to think his decision isn't made at this point. But he's got some decisions he's going to have to make."
Scott, 6 feet 1 and 239 pounds, rushed for a team-best 814 yards in his first season at USF despite missing one full game with injury and parts of others. He had only one 100-yard game against a I-A opponent, gaining 100 yards on 19 carries in a loss to Rutgers. All six of his touchdowns came in USF's 4-0 start, with none in the final eight games.
If he opted not to return, much of the load at running back would be on rising senior Demetris Murray, who rushed for 503 yards and eight touchdowns. Scott was ranked as the No. 1 running back in the nation out of high school, but only this year came to realize that potential at the college level.
• As expected, Holtz said that backup guard Tony Kibler, who was arrested in October on felony charges and spent 17 days in jail, will not return to the team. Kibler had his arraignment Thursday and has a court date set for late January.
• Holtz said spring drills are tentatively scheduled to start March 3, with practice wrapping up with a spring game on April 14, though the team may do as they did this spring with one exhibition on campus and one at Raymond James Stadium.
• With his name continuing to be floated for other openings in college football, Holtz again made it clear his focus is on his current job, all but closing the door on other opportunities. "I feel very comfortable that I'll be the football coach (at USF in 2012)," said Holtz, pausing to clarify that he should check with his bosses before completing such a statement. "I'm not scheduled to meet with anybody. Those are not my intentions. I told this team: Right now, we've got something we're trying to finish here. It was a frustrating year. We've got some things we still have to get done here. … Right now, (any speculation elsewhere) it's hearsay. There's nothing substantiated or me having a conversation with anybody else."