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2009 USF Spring Ball Wrap
2009 Spring Ball Central

 
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USFFootball on Twitter
GoUSFBulls.com has expanded its social network footprint and will be utilizing Twitter throughout spring footballl to bring up-to-the-minute news from the practice field and within the walls of the USF Athletics Training Center. You can find us at: www.twitter.com/usffootbal and make sure you follow the athletics page as well at www.twitter.com/usfathletics.
Spring Necessities
Roster | Depth Chart | Quick Facts
GoUSFBulls.com Multimedia Coverage
Weight Room Features: O-Line | Murray
Weight Room Features:
Bryant | Lanaris
Weight Room Features:
Bonani | HawkinsLejiste & Baker
Weight Room Features:
Evan Landi | D-Line

New Face:
Jerrell Young March 24
New Face:
Ben Busbee March 24
New Face:
Sampson Genus March 23
New Face: Mike Lanaris March 23

BullsVision Exclusive:
The Team on Leavitt's 40
BullsVision Exclusive:
Tony Dungy
BullsVision Exclusive:
Joe Tresey Q&A
BullsVision Exclusive: Phil McGeoghan Q&A
BullsVision Exclusive: Mike Canales Q&A

BullsVision Video: Coach Leavitt April 16
BullsVision Video:
Coach Leavitt April 15
BullsVision Video: Coach Canales April 15
BullsVision Video:
Leavitt Runs a 5.72 40-Yard Dash
BullsVision Video: Coach Leavitt April 8
BullsVision Video:
Coach Leavitt April 7
BullsVision Video:
Coach Leavitt April 3
BullsVision Video:
Coach Leavitt April 1
BullsVision Video:
Coach Leavitt March 31
BullsVision Video:
Coach Leavitt March 28
BullsVision Video: Coach Leavitt March 26
BullsVision Video:
Coach Leavitt March 25
BullsVision Video:
Coach Leavitt March 24
BullsVision Video:
Coach Leavitt March 23
BullsVision Video: Ford, Love & Hester March 23
BullsVision Video: Coach Leavitt March 12
BullsVision Video: Coach Leavitt March 10
BullsVision Video: Coach Tresey March 10
BullsVision Video: Matt Grothe March 10
BullsVision Video: George Selvie March 10
Spring Ball Coverage

Wednesday, April 15: Team on Leavitt's 40
Sunday, April 12:
Spring Game Reaction
Saturday, April 11:
Green Wins Spring Game Thriller
Thursday, April 9:
Leavitt Runs 5.72
Wednesday, April 8:
Let the Competition Begin...
Tuesday, April 7: Dungy, Brazil and EA Sports
Thursday, April 3: No Scrimmage, Watch WNIT
Wednesday, April 1:
Bungee, Genus & Wide Receivers
Tuesday, March 31:
Weight Room Features
Thursday, March 26:
Lejiste, Harris & More
Wednesday, March 25:
Mr "Do-It-All" Evan Landi
Tuesday, March 24:
Busbee & Young Shine
Monday, March 23:
Rain Doesn't Dampen Spirits
Tuesday, March 17: Q&A with Coach Blackwell
Wednesday, March 11: Off Day & Pro Day Info
Thursday, March 12: Blackwell Joins the Fold
Tuesday, March 10: Bulls Open To Lots of Media

USFFootball on Twitter
Daily Updates - Thursday, April 16

USF Football Updates on Twitter | USF Athletics on Twitter | Spring Game Highlights

Selvie & Grothe Pick Up Preseason All-America Honors
NationalChamps.net officially released its College Football Preview for the upcoming Matt Grothe2009 season, including their Top 25 Heisman Candidates and the list of Preseason All-Americans.

USF senior defensive end George Selvie has been chosen as a First Team honoree on the All-American list. Senior quarterback Matt Grothe has received Honorable Mention status.

Heisman voter Todd Helmick has also placed Matt Grothe on his preseason list of Heisman Candidates at No. 21. Helmick wrote:

Grothe emerged on the national landscape after his sensational freshman campaign of 2006. He is exquisite at making things happen while scrambling and is primed to become the Big East record holder for career yards in total offense.

This will be the 10th season NationalChamps.net has released an annual College Football Preview, complete with analysis, rankings, depth charts and unit grades.

The NationalChamps.net TV Listings contain a week-by-week and game-by-game schedule breakdown, complete for every team with announced television times and channels. These are the most comprehensive college football TV listings available nationwide.

Wrapping Up The Spring
Coach Leavitt said after the 15th and final session of the Spring that he would have a tough time putting together a depth chart because too many starting spots are still open.

He did say that BJ Daniels was the No. 2 quarterback, but mostly because Evan Landi is also going to work at wide receiver. He continued to reiterate that both players have tremendous futures ahead of them as signal callers.

Leavitt said that the competition for starting rights at running back would remain open through the summer and likely fall. That means Mike Ford, Mo Plancher, Richard Kelly, Jamar Taylor, Demetris Murray and Aston Samuels (back after spending time at wide receiver) will have the next few months to earn the top spot.

BullsVision Video: Coach Leavitt After Final Spring Practice

 

Evan LandiSpring Insights - Quarterbacks
With the transition to offensive coordinator, we purposely gave Mike Canales a little extra time before we picked his brain about the quarterbacks on the roster.

Several things stood out about the position battle this spring:

1. USF's future looks bright beyond the Matt Grothe era, when BJ Daniels or Evan Landi will likely take the controls.

2. USF would sure like to find ways to get all three quarterbacks on the field in 2009 and Landi is a shoe-in at wide receiver.

3. Despite a tight competition, the three players have bonded and become a tight-knit group this fall. "You saw them high-fiving and chest bumping when the other player had a big play in the spring game. They are all pushing each other, but they understand if they get better as a group, the whole team will improve."

4. All three quarterbacks are embracing the film room more than ever. Coach Canales said that Grothe has become, "Phillip Rivers," in his devotion to film study this fall.

 

5. Coach Canales likes nicknames... The QB's go to "quarterback school", not meetings, every day. And he's already dubbed Daniels the "Magician" and Landi, "Slash."

Read on to his comments below for more on the quarterbacks:

Canales on BJ Daniels
"The Magician. He makes a lot of things happen, he's learning so much and has shown a lot growth. What will be most important this summer is the film work and continuing to learn. He's really anxious to keep learning. He has to find the time during summer, to watch all the practices, the 7-on-7's and our games. That will keep his mind working. He'll keep going through the reads. I am really pleased where he is at. He's become a sponge and quarterback school has really been a positive experience for him."

Canales on Evan Landi
"Slash. He has grativated to this offense and now he just wants more and more and more. Like BJ, he's become a sponge and really wants to keep learning. He has great upside and is a tremendous competitor. Everyone saw that in the Spring Game when he drove his team down the field at the end of the game. The light has turned on and he has a great excitement. Evan will just continue to get better as his reps and study increase."

Canales on Matt Grothe
"He has a much better understanding of what defenses are doing and he's become Phillip Rivers in the film room. He is really and truly starting to understand the entire game. I am very proud of him and the strides he has made during his last spring."

Grothe's Streak Ends
Coach Canales admitted that he jinxed Grothe by telling the media that the senior quarterback hadn't thrown an interception through 13 spring practices.

Grothe threw two picks in the final two practices of the spring, but Canales let him off the hook for one because of a, "receiver bust."

"I think the fact that he only had two inteceptions over these 15 practices really shows his growth in a short amount of time," said Canales.



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