TAMPA — USF coach Willie Taggart talks plenty about having a blue-collar mentality for his football team, and as his players took the field Monday for their first fall practice, he dressed the part.
Taggart wore a blue uniform shirt — like on an old-school gas-station attendant — complete with a white-and-green patch bearing the name "Willie."
"Blue-collar shirt. This pretty much represents our football team and what we want to be," Taggart said. "To me, that's who USF is. They started off in the trailers, didn't have these beautiful practice fields. I told our guys, there's somebody that we know in our family that worked really hard to get us to where we're at. There's someone in this program that worked really hard to get us to where we're at today. We need to appreciate them and show them we appreciate what they did."
EVELD AHEAD: The Bulls' QB competition will continue for weeks before the Aug. 31 opener against McNeese State, but senior Bobby Eveld got the initial snaps with the No. 1 offense. Sophomore Matt Floyd worked with the second string.
SPLIT SQUAD: For the opening three days of camp, before the Bulls put pads on, USF will have a split squad for drills. Freshmen and other backups with class conflicts in the final week of summer classes will go two hours earlier than the veterans.
"Our coaches can really concentrate on the younger guys," Taggart said. "When you bring them all together, sometimes they can get slighted. We can't afford to slight those guys."
Taggart said he could move players up early from the freshman workouts if they show they're ready to practice with the veterans.