By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The USF football team’s educational experience under head coach Willie Taggart and his staff will continue Saturday at the Frank Morsani Football Complex.
The Bulls will put on the pads for their first scrimmage of the spring from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Taggart said it’s all going to be about handling certain situations.
“We’ll have some third down (situations), we’ll have some red zone and some short yardage,” Taggart said Friday morning. “We’re really trying to teach our guys how to play the game of football. It’s not just lining up and running plays. It’s understanding why you run those plays and understanding certain situations.”
USF continues to learn new systems on both sides of the ball and Saturday will provide coaches with new teaching points two weeks before the Bulls suit up for their spring game at Raymond James Stadium.
“We’re still trying to get better as an offense, defense and special teams unit, and it all goes back to execution,” Taggart said.
Bivins Could Be Back in Action This Fall
Some thought cornerback Chris Bivins Jr. would miss the 2013 season while recovering from a second knee surgery but Taggart said it’s “reasonable” to think the sophomore could be back in action this fall.
“We just want him to continue to rehab and continue to get better,” Taggart said. “We want him to be the best rehabber in the country to get himself healthy and ready come training camp.”
Bivins tore his ACL in practice last November after appearing in four games last season.
“He’s coming along,” Taggart said.
This and That
Taggart said defensive tackle Todd Chandler has a small fracture in his foot that will sideline him for the remainder of spring practices. The junior is expected to resume training this summer and will be ready to go in the fall … Senior offensive lineman Lawrence Martin (shoulder) also is out for the rest of spring … Ryan Eppes is trying out the fullback position this spring. The redshirt senior has played quarterback and linebacker as a Bull.