The University of South Florida received a special treat today when the doors to the newly-constructed Frank Morsani Football Practice Facility were opened for use. It didn't take long for the Bulls to take advantage as they conducted a winter workout in their new home.
"We've seen this facility built from the ground up," said head coach Skip Holtz. "We spent the fall walking by as the construction was being done and you could tell how much the players were looking forward to getting in there. Now that it's done, we've got one of the best practice facilities in the country."
The Frank Morsani Practice Facility is made up of two full-sized grass fields, which use Celebration Bermuda grass, the same kind as Raymond James Stadium, and one full-sized turf field. It is accompanied by a 40-yard turf area, which can be used for drills, and a 2,500-square-foot storage building that includes open-air storage, closed storage, video equipment storage, athletic training facilities and areas for both lighting and sound controls.
"I took it in on the walk down, just walking down to the fields was a great experience," safety Jon Lejiste stated. "Having the new surfaces is great for the program and it added a new excitement for the workouts. I thought it made the workout go a lot smoother."
One of the strongest features of the new facility is its proximity to the locker room and football offices.
"We walked outside today and right onto the field," said quarterback B.J. Daniels. "It's right next to the building, so we don't have to worry about walking down to the old fields. I can't wait to actually get out there and practice on them."
The Bulls will continue with winter workouts in preparation for the start of spring practice, which opens on March 3.