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First days mean little to Leavitt

Perhaps a handful of the 31 newcomers will have a chance to make the two-deep roster in time for the Sept. 4 opener at San Diego State. But coach Jim Leavitt is far from ready to say who or how many.

The Bulls won't put on the pads until Monday, so while he is content to praise players like QB Mike Usry and LB Kawika Mitchell, both transfers from Georgia, and freshmen like DB Ron Hemingway, OT Joe Condron and DB Kevin Verpaele, he also is quick to say the first days mean little.

"You've really got to be careful because boy, it sure changes" when the pads go on, Leavitt said.

The Bulls worked on conditioning and fundamentals the past two days, as well as seven-on-seven drills. Players will take today off for media day. Two-a-days begin for the full squad Thursday.

RADIO DAZE: It has taken several months for the Bulls to finalize a radio deal since its flagship station, WZTM-AM 820, switched to a Spanish-language format in late April. The football media guide lists WQYK-AM 1010 as USF's new flagship station, but details are not released.

More information _ including which other stations will be part of the Bulls Radio Network _ is expected to be released this week. Jim Louk (play-by-play) and Mark Robinson (color) have retained their roles as game announcers. Jim Lighthall will again be studio host for pregame, halftime and postgame shows.

TWO JOIN PRACTICES: DE John Brown and walk-on DB Rusty Micher of Plant City joined the other newcomers today. Both had summer school commitments to finish.

DID YOU KNOW?: Here's proof the future is bright. The Bulls expect to add more lights to their practice field this month, and Leavitt said he has it on good authority that will give them the "best candlepower" of any practice field in the state.