By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - Fans attending Saturday's game could be seeing a lot of pass attempts by B.J. Daniels.
The Bulls will be facing off against a Syracuse defense that's made its intentions very clear so far this season in Big East play. No team in the league has rushed for 100 yards against the Orange, who have already bottled up Pitt's Ray Graham, Rutgers' Jawan Jamieson and UConn's Lyle McCombs.
"They're really good in the middle and they're good up front," USF head coach Skip Holtz said Wednesday. "What they do schematically is they're going to say, 'OK, we're going to make you try to throw the ball to beat us. We're not going to let you control the ball on us and run it.'"
Daniels has shown he's quite comfortable leading the offense down the field with his arm this season. The senior is averaging 241 passing yards per game and is tied for second in the league with 13 touchdown passes. Two of those scoring tosses came last week when receiver Andre Davis outjumped two different Louisville defenders in the end zone.
Davis leads all USF receivers in yards (380) and touchdowns (5), and Holtz has made his intentions of getting his star sophomore more involved during the stretch run.
"We've got to find a way to get the ball to a guy like Andre," he said.
The task hasn't been easy since Davis set single-game career highs against Nevada with 12 reception for 191 yards, but he's still managed to average 12.7 yards per catch.
"If you catch 12 balls in a game everybody is going to see it on film. People are going to do what they have to do to make you play left-handed," Holtz said. "We have to do a better job of getting Andre in the game plan, even with double coverage, and find a formation that's going to get him out of that. You have to get it to your best players."
Barrington Comfortable in New Spot
USF did a bit of shuffling at the linebacker spot heading into the Louisville game and Sam Barrington showed he's comfortable moving over to the weakside position. The senior posted a team-high 10 tackles that also set a new career high for the Jacksonville native.
"It's something new. Even though you know the defense, it's a different move when you're actually playing there and doing it physically instead of just knowing it mentally. I like it," he said.
Lamar Credits Scott for His Progress
What used to be a maybe has turned out to be a must at running back for USF.
Senior Lindsey Lamar made the most of his increased workload last week by carrying the ball 15 times for 110 yards against the Cardinals. Both were career highs for a single game, but Lamar credits what goes on in practice to helping his ability to produce when it counts.
"I have a great coach in coach Larry Scott," Lamar said. "He tells the running back group every day about consistency and doing the little things right, make this cut and that cut. It all comes from practicing hard every day."