The Bulls' 2017 preseason camp, comprising 21 practices over a four-week stretch, concluded Saturday, and not a sweltering second too soon for most.
At least not for senior MLB Auggie Sanchez, who deemed it the "worst" (aka toughest) of the five camps he has endured as a Bull.
"I think it might be the worst camp just because I'm older, I've just kind of got nicks and stuff on my body, but it was physical," Sanchez said after Saturday's finale, held at Raymond James Stadium. "We did a lot of hitting and stuff, but yeah, definitely the most physical and probably the longest camp I've been a part of."
The Bulls practiced six days each of the final two weeks, with every practice held in searing mid-morning conditions. In spite of the preseason's length (the July 24 start date was the earliest in program history), no Bull appeared to suffer a season-threatening injury.
"The coaches, once we get out on the field, they make sure we go hard, and they want us to work while we're tired because in the game it's gonna get easier for you," said QB Quinton Flowers, whose team begins game-week preparations for San Jose State on Sunday afternoon.
"If you start fast and just continue that momentum, everything will be easy for you."
TWEAKED DELIVERY: Flowers confirmed Saturday what observers have noticed about his delivery -- a tighter release with less of a windup, and the arm at more of a 90-degree angle.
"It feels great, knowing that (QBs coach Sterlin Gilbert) tweaked some things on me, getting the ball out quicker," Flowers said.
"Not every route, but most routes are timing routes, so you've got to know when to let the ball go. You've got to have it there halfway before (receivers) turn around, so there have been a lot of things that Coach Gilbert's been working on me with."
ODDS AND ENDS: Now that the Bucs are getting a new (and much larger) locker room at RayJay, their old one has been bequeathed to USF. Photos of the Bulls' digs weren't permitted Saturday (because it's not finished), but sufficed to say the room will be slathered in the USF brand. ... No portion of practice was open to the media Saturday, making it impossible to see which players were and weren't held out due to injuries. ... Flowers said WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who sustained a hamstring injury on the camp's second weekend, is "looking good." ... The USF Football Radio Show, featuring Strong, debuts Tuesday at 6 p.m. at World of Beer on East Fowler Avenue. It will be broadcast locally on 820-AM.