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Scrimmage to highlight Saturday practice

Roughly 10 hours before the Buccaneers' exhibition debut Saturday night, the Bulls will open the Morsani Complex to the public for a de facto dress rehearsal of their own.

An extended full-pads scrimmage, likely to pit the first-team offense against the starting defense for several possessions, will consume most of Saturday's workout that begins at 9:40 a.m. It is expected to be the last preseason practice open to the public.

Competition for starting jobs remains fierce at most positions, most notably quarterback, the receiver rotation, weakside linebacker, the hybrid linebacker/rush end spot and some secondary positions.

"Coach (Willie Taggart) says (today) is a big day," said returning 1,000-yard rusher Marlon Mack, whose spot atop the tailback depth chart appears solid. "They're gonna be making some decisions after that scrimmage, and hopefully everybody will come out and do good."

CLERVEAUX ON CRUTCHES: Redshirt freshman WR Stanley Clerveaux was on crutches Friday after injuring his left knee on a fourth-down catch at Thursday night's practice. The extent of the injury remains unclear as Clerveaux undergoes tests.

Others rehabbing injuries Friday included S Nate Godwin (hamstring), OL Reilly Gibbons (knee), MLB Nick Holman (foot) and DT Deadrin Senat (unspecified).

ODDS AND ENDS: Junior RB Darius Tice, carrying 212 pounds on his 5-foot-11 frame these days, has increased his bench press to 405 pounds. Mack, who benched well below 300 upon his arrival at USF, is up to 305. "I'm feeling 10 times stronger," Mack said. ... Sophomore Emilio Nadelman, the heir apparent to former Lou Groza Award finalist Marvin Kloss, booted a 54-yard field goal near the end of Friday's brief, pad-free workout. ... Freshman TE Mitchell Wilcox, a Tarpon Springs alumnus, made a first-team cameo Friday. While exiting the field Thursday night, fellow TE Marlon Pope flung a 50-yard pass that Wilcox snagged with one hand.

AUDIBLE: "I think I have probably one of the best groups in the country. I know we're not ranked high in the conference...but I'd put my three against any three in the country. I love 'em to death. They work hard, they're good guys off the field, which makes it even better." -- new running backs coach Donte Pimpleton on his trio of Mack, Tice and D'Ernest Johnson

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