TAMPA — South Florida, in a vote by the players, on Saturday named WR Andre Davis, LB Reshard Cliett and PK Marvin Kloss as team captains for this season.
“It says a lot because we as coaches don’t have any influence over who gets picked,’’ Bulls coach Willie Taggart said. “That’s the best award you can get. It’s an awesome responsibility to lead a team and you don’t get that (opportunity) often. You’ve got to take advantage of it.’’
Each captain expressed pride and happiness over the vote. Cliett said he was surprised.
“I didn’t expect it, but it’s great,’’ Cliett said. “I guess they believe in me. Now it’s up to me to help lead the team and do all the right things.’’
FAVORITE SPOT: During Saturday morning’s Photo Day at Raymond James Stadium, Davis was asked to identify his favorite spot at Ray-Jay. “I would definitely have to say the end zone,’’ Davis said. “That’s where I want to be. That’s where I plan to live this year.’’
PRACTICING THE ROUTINE: In preparation for Saturday night’s opener against Western Carolina, USF players went through their pregame routines at Raymond James Stadium, including stretching, warm-ups and exiting the tunnel.
“We want our guys to understand exactly what we’re doing next week so we don’t come out here and look a mess,’’ Taggart said. “Next week, we want to be sharp.’’
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED: Friday night, Taggart announced to the team that walk-on senior WR Jordan Duval, of Hillsborough High, would be awarded a scholarship.
“He’s working hard, being consistent, handling it well off the field and in the classroom,’’ Taggart said. “He’s helping us a lot. He was happy and excited. He spoke to the team, told them his story. It was a chance for him to speak to the other walk-ons and tell them don’t ever stop believing or stop working.’’
UCF players unfazed by volcano threat
ORLANDO — Central Florida players said they aren’t concerned about the Icelandic volcano eruption that could derail the team’s travel plans to Ireland.
Aviation authorities raised the threat warning to red, indicating an eruption that could cause “significant emission of ash into the atmosphere.” Red is the highest alert warning on a five-point scale.
The area around the volcano has been declared a no-fly zone, but flights are allowed to move freely through Icelandic airspace. The team is scheduled to leave Tuesday and arrive in Dublin on Wednesday morning to play Penn State on Saturday.
“It’s not something I really think about,” senior lineman Torrian Wilson said. “Coach really keeps our focus on Penn State and not on the volcano.”