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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.
• 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.
Twitter Notes | Get Them in Real-Time at Twitter.com@USFFootball
@jimleavitt has talked to @coachkiefer about soccer players that could do some kicking, especially on kickoffs. He wants a third kicker
Leavitt: Matt Grothe is having an outstanding camp. I have always thought he was great, but he's never been like this.
43 minutes ago from TwitterBerry
#USF freshman DE Julius Forte ran with the first team some today. Hopkins impressed on reverses and Griffin had a TD catch as well
about 1 hour ago from TwitterBerry
#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.