USF Bulls notes: Holtz eager for game-like look
TALLAHASSEE - With only a little more than a week to get his team ready for the season, University of South Florida football coach Skip Holtz said Friday afternoon's scrimmage will be more of a "dress rehearsal" than the previous two scrimmages during fall training camp. The Bulls played two loosely-bound scrimmages in Vero Beach, spotting the ball and choosing downs based on situations the coaches wanted to work on, but Friday's scrimmage will be more game-like, giving everyone a chance to get into the rhythm of a real game. "We've got to a have a game simulation," Holtz said. "We've got to have the punt team in the flow of the game, the kickoff, the kickoff return, we've got to get all of that in the flow." Holtz said he's unsure how much contact he'll allow in the scrimmage, saying his decision will be based largely on how healthy his team is at kickoff. Each of the top quarterbacks wore a red non-contact jersey in the Bulls' most-recent scrimmage Saturday.THE NEXT GENERATION: The USF freshman class has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from the older players and coaching staff throughout training camp, with veteran WR Sterling Griffin the latest to heap praise on the youngsters. "(WR) D'vario Montgomery (is a) big kid (with) great routes (and) great hands," Griffin said. "He's really going to be a helpful addition to this team. Jalen (Spencer), at corner, is nice." Griffin also mentioned QB Tommy Eveld and LB Tashon Whitehurst as notable freshmen, as well as a pair of junior-college transfer cornerbacks, Fidel Montgomery and Josh Brown.