TAMPA — USF football coach Skip Holtz took a big step toward creating his first depth chart of the spring Friday as his players went about 140 plays in their first full-contact scrimmage since last season.
"We're trying to evaluate personnel — what can we do, and who can we do it with?" Holtz said. "That's what today was all about. I thought the effort was excellent. There was a lot of hard hitting. They got after it today. It was a very physical day."
Starting quarterback B.J. Daniels looked sharp, completing seven of his first nine passes and converting three third downs on the first two drives, later adding a 52-yard touchdown pass to receiver Andre Davis.
Safety JaQuez Jenkins intercepted a Bobby Eveld pass on the first play for the No. 1 defense, and Mark Joyce and walk-on Zach Fisher added interceptions as the defense set the tone early.
The offense fared well in goal-line work with four running backs scoring in short-yardage situations. Eveld added a touchdown pass to Florida transfer Chris Dunkley, albeit against the No. 3 defense.
Running back Lindsey Lamar, who shifted back to his original position this spring after two seasons at receiver, had several solid runs, including gains of 29, 8 and 13 yards, the best showing among the running backs.
The Bulls, who have six practices remaining, will hold a Green and Gold Bowl at Corbett Soccer Stadium on April 14 then their annual spring game at Raymond James Stadium on April 21.