Clerveaux, offense dazzle in USF scrimmage

Veteran receiver Stanley Clerveaux, whose career has been marred by injuries, had two touchdown receptions.
USF third-year sophomore quarterback Chris Oladokun (10) runs the red-zone offense during the final stages of Saturday's scrimmage. (JOEY KNIGHT | Times)
USF third-year sophomore quarterback Chris Oladokun (10) runs the red-zone offense during the final stages of Saturday's scrimmage. (JOEY KNIGHT | Times)
Published March 24, 2018

If the Bulls' inaugural spring scrimmage is any indication, oft-injured Bulls junior WR Stanley Clerveaux is off to a promising start in his latest effort to assert himself in USF's offense.

Clerveaux, who announced via Twitter earlier this month he has received an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA, had two touchdowns — one each from Brett Kean and Chris Oladokun — during Saturday's situational workout on a day bereft of both clouds and humidity.

Reporters were allowed to observe only the final 10-15 minutes, but USF sports-information staffers reported the highlights.

Clerveaux, who underwent shoulder surgery in 2014 and missed the entire '15 season with a torn left ACL, made a one-handed snag of a Kean throw and dashed upfield for a 60-yard TD. He later hauled in a 25-yard jump ball from Oladokun.

Redshirt freshman Randall St. Felix provided another highlight, out-leaping an unspecified defender to catch a 40-yard Oladokun pass at the 1-yard line, setting up redshirt sophomore Elijah Mack's scoring run. Felix later beat out CB Mike Hampton for a 5-yard TD catch from Kean.

Mack, believed to be having a breakthrough spring at this point after being limited primarily to special-teams duty last season, had two short TD runs.

"You look at him, he looks the part (6-foot, 220 pounds)," running backs coach Shaun King said. "And he's starting to produce like he looks, and I'm excited for him."

Kean and Oladokun are scheduled to speak with reporters Tuesday.

OTHER SCRIMMAGE SIGHTS: The first-team offensive line continues to be LT Grant Polk, LG Demetris Harris, C Michael Wiggs, RG Billy Atterbury and RT Marcus Norman. … Senior Jimmy Bayes and early enrollee Dwayne Boyles Jr. appeared to be running second team to MLB Nico Sawtelle and OLB Khalid McGee, respectively. … Former bay area prep standouts Mazzi Wilkins (Plant) and Hampton (Hillsborough) were the first-team corners alongside first-team nickel-back Ronnie Hoggins in the scrimmage's final stage. … Armwood High alumnis Mekhi LaPointe, a redshirt freshman, was logging reps at free safety.

BACKS IN BULK SUPPLY: While many presume Florida transfer Jordan Cronkrite (5-11, 207) is destined to emerge as USF's bellcow back, King suggested the Bulls could retain a back-by-committee approach similar to the D'Ernest Johnson-Darius Tice rotation last year.

As it stands, the Bulls have three similarly-built, downhill-style runners in Cronkrite, Mack and junior Trevon Sands (5-11, 211), with former Hillsborough High speedster Duran Bell offering a change of pace as a scatback or jet-sweep specialist.

Two other sturdier backs, walk-on Davion Sutton (6-0, 218) of Fivay and early enrollee Brian Norris of Chiefland (6-2, 228), also are competing for reps, though King acknowledged Norris likely is destined for a redshirt year.

"I think Coach (Pat) Moorer does a great job with the strength-and-conditioning program, and you're starting to see those guys, they're looking like NFL backs," King said. "They're all good players, we're gonna play 'em all. They're all gonna get a fair opportunity."

ODDS AND ENDS: TE Mitchell Wilcox, injured after sustaining a hit during Tuesday's practice, was held out of the scrimmage as a precaution. … Mack's assessment of Bell: "Flash. When you see him run, you just think of flash. He flashes that speed, and you know if he gets a chance he can take it to the crib." … Attorney General Pam Bondi, who graduated from the University of Florida (where Charlie Strong had a cup of coffee or two) attended Saturday's scrimmage. … Also attending (with USF's basketball staff) was Casper (Wyo.) College 6-foot-10 standout Antun Maricevic, who reportedly has offers from BYU, Nebraska and Wichita State, among others.