The University of South Florida wide receiver corps has been further depleted. Sophomore WR D’vario Montgomery, who had six receptions for 65 yards last season, quit the team on Tuesday and left training camp in Vero Beach.
Since Coach Willie Taggart took over, the Bulls have lost high-profile WRs Sterling Griffin and Terrence Mitchell.
Griffin, who suffered a season-ending knee injury at Nevada in last season’s second game, is now at Louisiana Tech, where he will play as a graduate-student transfer for ex-USF coach Skip Holtz.
Mitchell, the former Hillsborough High standout who had 31 catches last season, was suspended before spring drills after being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. Mitchell has since transferred to Division II Fort Hays State in Kansas.
Montgomery, a 6-foot-5 target recruited by Holtz, was a four-star prospect at Winter Park High. Montgomery will have three seasons of eligibility at his new school.
Last week, USF offensive coordinator Walt Wells mentioned Andre Davis, last season’s leading receiver, and 5-foot-5 speedster Derrick Hopkins as players that would be first noticed at receiver, but said he was confident there was enough depth to make it an overall strong position.
Early to bed, early to rise
Taggart promised there would be some “built-in adversity” during the team’s week-long training-camp stay at the Vero Beach Sports Village.
He was right.
The Bulls got a surprise wake-up call Wednesday morning at 3 a.m.
There was a scrimmage at 4:30.
The Bulls were done by sunrise.
Taggart told the players he was proud of them.
“You’ve got to be comfortable being uncomfortable,” Taggart said last week. “There will be a lot of times this season when we’re in uncomfortable situations and we’ve got to keep playing.”
When the early morning practice was done, USF players took to Twitter.
“Midnight practice ain’t got nothing on a 3 a.m. scrimmage,” sophomore quarterback Steven Bench tweeted.
“Who else you know tries to go out and get better at 3 am?!” freshman defensive lineman Bruce Hector said.