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Training Camp Central: Beating The Heat
Offensive Line Drills Training Camp Central
Day Seven - Friday, Aug. 14 - Practice Update

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BullsVision Exclusive: Coach Leavitt | Busbee & Ketchel
Daily News Wire: Links for Aug. 13
Photo Gallery: Haircuts, Leavitt in LB Drills & O-Line

Selvie Named ESPN Preseason All-American & All-BIG EAST
George Selvie was named a first team All-American by Ivan Maisel on ESPN.com today.

Maisel writes, "The skeptics say that the South Florida defensive end began the 2007 season with five great games and has been stymied by double teams and injuries ever since. We say baloney."

BIG EAST blogger Brian Bennett all put him on his preseason all-confernce team.

Selvie is already a two-time All-American and has been on preseason watch list for the Maxwell, Hendricks and Bednarik.

Notes
Several players were donning new hair styles today, including the newcomers on special teams, who are in today's photo gallery. The hair cuts are administered by the veterans on the team and Coach Leavitt says it's voluntary.

"If they want to get a haircut, they do, if they don't, that's fine," said Leavitt.

We give props to whoever was in charge of the clippers for Ryne Giddins. The Tampa native got a pretty clean checker-board pattern on one side of his head and a #95 on the other.

Rookies Sam Barrington, Victor Marc and Kayvon Webster chose not to receive a new hair style.

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@jimleavitt has talked to @coachkiefer about soccer players that could do some kicking, especially on kickoffs. He wants a third kicker

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Leavitt: Matt Grothe is having an outstanding camp. I have always thought he was great, but he's never been like this.
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#USF freshman DE Julius Forte ran with the first team some today. Hopkins impressed on reverses and Griffin had a TD catch as well
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#USF will hold a closed scrimmage tomorrow morning. They will run 100 plays with BIG EAST officials working the scrimmage

Beating The Heat
One of the overriding stories of camp has been the heat throughout the first nine days of camp. The heat index over the last five days, in particular, has either neared 100 degrees or pushed well beyond it.

Friday morning was a welcome break with a strong cloud cover providing a much cooler atmosphere.

We have been checking in with Asistant AD for Sports Medicine Steve Walz each day for some insight into how the team beats the heat.

Today we asked Walz about weight loss during a practice and how much water weight a player can sweat off.

"The most I have seen is 11 pounds," said Walz. "You could tell at the end of practice that he was lethargic and dragging. After practice we made sure he pounded the fluids and by that evening, he was back up nine pounds."

"Yesterday was a good example, where we had a player who is usually very active and he was dragging," said Walz. "After practice we took a look at his weight and he had dropped more than usual."

Walz estimated that with the heat that USF has been working through this camp, that lineman are dropping between 6-8 pounds, linebackers and running backs 5-7 pounds and skill players 4-6 pounds.

You would presume that the heavey players would sweat more but Walz said that's not necessarily the case.

 
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Practice Report Archive
Friday, Aug. 14: Managing the Heat
Thursday, Aug. 13: Two-A-Day Number Two
Wednesday, Aug. 12: Bonani Returns
Tuesday, Aug. 11: Afternoon Practice Update
Monday, Aug. 10: Wallpapers Unveiled
Sunday, Aug. 9: Heat, Hester & Ice Cream
Saturday, Aug. 8: Selvie & Hester Graduate
Friday, Aug. 7: Canales & Blackwell Reminisce
Thursday, Aug. 6: Post-Practice Recap
Thursday, Aug. 6: Camp Preview: Open Day Is Here
Training Camp BullsVision Video Archive
Friday, Aug. 14: Leavitt | Busbee & Ketchel
Thursday, Aug. 13: Leavitt | Mitchell
Wednesday, Aug. 12: Maikon Bonani
Tuesday, Aug. 11: Leavitt | Plancher | Q. Washington
Monday, Aug. 10: Leavitt
Sunday, Aug. 9: Leavitt | Kion Wilson | Sabbath Joseph
Saturday, Aug. 8: Leavitt | Aaron Harris & George Selvie
Friday, Aug. 7: Leavitt | B.J. Daniels
Thursday, Aug. 6: Matt Grothe | Jessie Hester & A.J. Love
Training Camp Photo Gallery Archive
Friday, Aug. 14: Leavitt, O-Line, Haircuts & WRs
Thursday, Aug. 13: Bands, Backers and More
Wednesday, Aug. 12: Defensive Drills
Monday, Aug. 10: Bulls Work Through The Heat
Sunday, Aug. 9: The Footall Staff
Saturday, Aug. 8: Giddins, Eppes, Virgin & More
Friday, Aug. 7: Reed, Barrington, Lamar & Tight Ends
Thursday, Aug. 6: Newcomers
 

"Genetics is a part of how much a player sweats," said Walz. "The better athletes may sweat more and their bodies may cool down much faster."

Walz's stay takes a ton of precautions to prevent dehydration.

At each practice the training staff has 22 10-gallon drums of water and Powerade. They also have five 20-gallon cooler caddies.

And his crew is quick to take a bottle of ice water and shower players as they come off the field.

"It's an effective way of lowernig the body temperature," said Walz. "We will see players' body temperatures drop a degree and a half in 10 minutes."

USF has also measured core body temperature with pills that some players swallow prior to practice.

USF Health doctors routinely check the players' temperatures throughout the practice and pull players from practice if their termperature is too high.

"There are players that consistently lose weight each day and gain it back after practice," said Walz. "But we also check weights with the players after every practice and we have them fill out sheets on their way out of the locker room."

Walz has also strategically placed reminders in the locker room bathrooms.

The signs remind the players of the symptoms of dehydration and are specific in the amount of fluids they need to put back in their body each day. They are instructed to drink 12 to 20 ounces of water for every 20-30 minutes of activity. They are also told to drink 20 ounces of liquids for every one pound of weight loss and a gallon for every six pounds.

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