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:
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 8
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Coach Leavitt April 7
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Coach Leavitt April 3
BullsVision Video:
Coach Leavitt April 1
BullsVision Video:
Coach Leavitt March 31
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Coach Leavitt March 28
BullsVision Video: Coach Leavitt March 26
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Coach Leavitt March 25
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Coach Leavitt March 24
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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 Practice Reports

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 - Wednesday, April 8

USF Football Updates on Twitter | USF Athletics Updates on Twitter

Get Out Your Stopwatches
Coach Leavitt will run the 40-yard dash at 3 p.m. Thursday on the USF practice fields. The running is open to the media.

His time will be used as a standard for the students that competed in the USF combine prelims last week and those that will compete in the final during the Spring Game Saturday.

Every student that beats Leavitt’s official time will get a complimentary t-shirt emblazoned with “I’m Faster Than Leavitt”.

After practice Coach Leavitt joked that he could beat Urban Meyer and Bob Stoops in the 40-yard dash.  He thinks he'll crack the 6.0 second mark, but thought he would need to be downwind and on a slope to break 5.9 seconds.

BullsVision has exlusive video of one of the more entertaining media sessions this spring.

Freddie SolomonA Legendary Visitor
University of Tampa legend and former San Francisco 49er Freddie Solomon came out to the USF practice this afternoon.  Solomon was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd round of the 1975 NFL Draft. A 5'11", 184-lb. wide receiver, Solomon played in 11 NFL seasons for the Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers from 1975 to 1985. Solomon made two Super Bowl appearances as a member of the 49ers.

Solomon will be back on campus later this spring to address the offense at the request of offensive coordinator Mike Canales.

On his way out of the complex, Solomon told the coaches, "We appreciate everything you have done here at USF and for our community."

T-Mac Update
Tyrone McKenzie came by the USF offices on Wednesday and told us that he worked out for New Orleans last week and that he has scheduled workouts with the Bucs, Patriots and Giants next week.

Let the Competition and Trash-Talking Begin...
As the 2009 Spring Game approaches the competition heats up between the four Spring Combine finalists who will battle it out for the title of USF Spring Combine Champion on the field April 11.

Joe Addison enters Saturday’s competition as the leader in all four categories – 40-yard dash (4.74), shuttle run (4.33), broad jump (9-4) and the three-cone drill (7.46) – though the other finalists have questioned Addison’s status as the favorite to win it all.

“My leg was hurt last weekend and I barely lost, I’ll show him what’s up on Saturday," said finalist Zach Carter who trailed Addison in the 40-yard dash by one-hundredth of a second (4.75).

Addison responded by suggesting Carter consult his mother for pointers on how to improve his own 40-yard performance.

Contestant Brandon Moore also had something to say as his 40-yard dash time of 4.79 was not far off Addison’s performance.

“I lost by three-hundredths of a second,” he said. “I stutter stepped, Joe better watch out on Saturday.”

Addison remained unphased by the competition, responding “I had my hat on, it cut down on my velocity, (Moore) will see on Saturday.”

The last finalists, Brian Mazanec also revealed that his qualifying strategy may be at fault for lulling his competition into a false sense of security as his 40-yard time currently stands at 4.98 entering the finals.

“I was just trying to qualify,” said Mazanec. “I wasn’t really trying to win, but I’ll win this Saturday and show Joe and them how real boys do it.”

Mazanec’s admission prompted Joe to reveal that he wasn’t even trying, which could cause his time to drop significantly in the championship. When given the opportunity to shoot back at his competition, the front-runner opted to do his talking on the field Saturday saying, “I have no comment for my competitors, good luck and may the best man win.”
 

The 2009 USF Spring Game kicks off Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium. Parking and admission to the spring game is free with parking lots opening at 4 p.m. and gates opening at 6 p.m.

Weight Room Round 4
Back to the weight room for the final three spotlighted performers from head strength coach Ronnie McKeefery.

Up first is redshirt-freshman Damien Edwards, who has moved up the depth chart this spring. Edwards has made a move to earn time in the fall. Part of the that upward movement can be accredited to his gains in the weight room, where he add 35 pounds to his bench and squat, while dropping 10 pounds.

Watch Weight Room Feature on Edwards and Hermann

Weight Room Gains - Edwards
Category
WT
BP
SQ
225
VJ
BJ
First Report
325.8
295
295
12
22
7-8.5
After Winter 2009
316
330
330
15
24.75
7-9
Improvement
-10
+ 35
+ 35
+ 3
+2.75
+ .5 in.


On the other end of the spectrum in terms of experience is junior guard Zach Hermann, who has always been a consistent performer on the field and in workouts. The veteran continues to add strength in big chucks. He added 50 pounds to his bench press in the last year and 55 pounds to his squat.

Weight Room Gains - Hermann
Category
WT
BP
SQ
225
VJ
BJ
After Winter 2008
322
345
500
20
23
7-5
After Winter 2009
321
395
555
22
24.75
7-6.5
Improvement
-1
+ 50
+ 55
+ 2
+1.75
+ 1.5 in.


Redshirt-freshman Demetris Murray used the fall of 2008 and winter of 2009 to get his body into shape and ready for the rigors of Division I football. He still has several running backs in front of him on the depth chart, but that's a reflection of experience and not work ethic. Murray's dedication in the weight room helped him drop nine pounds while adding 55 pounds to his bench press and 90 pounds to his squat. He also added an unbelievable 10.25 inches to his broad jump.

Watch Weight Room Feature on Demetris Murray

Weight Room Gains - Murray
Category
WT
BP
SQ
225
VJ
BJ
First Report
205
255
345
6
23.75
7-7.25
After Winter 2009
196
310
435
11
27
8-5.5
Improvement
-9
+ 55
+ 90
+ 5
+3.25
10.25 in.