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Five quick observations from USF’s first spring practice

New coach Jeff Scott got his first look at his team Tuesday morning.
Oregon transfer tailback Darrian Felix (2) participates in USF's first spring practice on campus Tuesday morning. [Octavio Jones]
Oregon transfer tailback Darrian Felix (2) participates in USF's first spring practice on campus Tuesday morning. [Octavio Jones]

TAMPA ― The first USF spring football practice of the Jeff Scott Era commenced on a mild morning beneath a cloudless sky Tuesday. Though reporters initially were informed of a 20-minute window to observe, we were allowed to hang out for nearly an hour, affording us a chance to collect the following observations:

Related: https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bulls/2020/03/09/usf-coach-jeff-scott-dialing-in-on-detail-as-spring-drills-begin/

• The practice-field P.A. system, a staple in the Willie Taggart and Charlie Strong eras, remains alive and pumping under Scott. A high-decibel helping of hip-hop music welcomed the players onto the field and blared during the entire portion open to reporters.

• For what it’s worth, this is the unit that lined up in front of North Carolina transfer quarterback Cade Fortin during an early drill: right tackle Jarrett Hopple, right guard Michael Wiggs, center Brad Cecil, left guard Demetris Harris and left tackle Donovan Jennings. The latter three all are returning starters.

• At least three players ― tailback Josh Berry, linebacker Antonio Grier and defensive back Bentlee Sanders ― participated in the shorts and helmets workout, albeit in non-contact jerseys. Scott said Monday that defensive tackle Armon Williams (unspecified) is the only Bull expected to be sidelined the entire spring.

• Defensive ends Chris Carter and Thomas Nance have converted to tight end. Speaking of tight ends, 6-foot-4 Berkeley Prep alumnus Jacob Mathis now is listed at 237 pounds, a 14-pound decrease from his ’19 listed weight.

• New defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer wears a visor. New offensive coordinator Charlie Weis Jr. prefers no headwear.

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