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Bulls notes: Freshmen learn ropes in early practices

TAMPA — On the first session of fall workouts, University of South Florida freshmen went first Monday with an early morning practice, separate from the veterans who began drills at mid-morning.

That will be the pattern for today and Wednesday. The entire team will come together beginning Thursday, the first practice with pads.

“We really want to work the freshmen and teach them how we do things around here,’’ USF coach Willie Taggart said. “Once they get to the older guys, they understand what we’re doing.

“Here, the coaches can concentrate on just them. When you bring them all together, sometimes the freshmen get slighted. We can’t afford to slight those guys. We’ve got to teach them, so they can compete.’’

Opening day became a lesson in handling adversity. When players initially reported to the Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center, the lights weren’t working.

“No one could see anything,’’ Taggart said. “Let’s start with a little adversity. Rather than pout and complain, let’s find a way. I said, ‘We all have cell phones. Turn them on and we can get some light in here.’”

BEING PERFECT: Senior RB Marcus Shaw, a top candidate to become the primary ball-carrier, was asked about the key to him winning that job.

“Being perfect in everything I do, on and off the field,’’ he said. “We all have the same opportunity. That’s the way I see it.’’

ODDS AND ENDS: The Bulls will practice on campus through Friday before their Saturday departure for one week of training camp at the Vero Beach Sports Village. …Senior MLB DeDe Lattimore said he’s a father. His son, 7-pound, 20-inch Devekyan Jr., was born on July 30. …Sophomore CB Kenneth Durden has grown tired of references to last season’s 3-9 mark. “We’ve got too much talent on the team to have a season like we did last year,’’ Durden said.

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