TAMPA – A college spring football games always seems to create some excitement among its fans as it gives them a preview of what to expect for the upcoming season. On Saturday, however, there seemed to be a little bit more of a buzz around Raymond James Stadium as the University of South Florida football team - and its first year head football coach Skip Holtz - took to its home field for the first time to close out its 2010 spring practice.
In front of a spring game record crowd of 6,357, the Bulls faithful was treated to an offense that featured numerous big plays, and hard hits on the defensive end, as Team South Florida defeated Team Bulls, 49-31.
The key storyline that emerged early on in the contest proved to be the play of the offensive duo of quarterback B.J. Daniels and wide receiver Dontavia Bogan. Daniels, coming off of offseason shoulder surgery, didn’t seem to be effected by it as he threw for 381 yards on 23-for-31 passing and five touchdowns. Of Daniels’ 23 completions, nine were directed to Bogan who recorded 228 yards and four touchdowns. The big play of the game came in the first quarter when Daniels connected with Bogan for a 77-yard touchdown strike to make the score 7-3.
Running back Moise Plancher would get the bulk of the carries for Team South Florida rushing for 54 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. Redshirt freshman Bradley Battles ran seven times for 16 yards, while Daniels had 13 yards on 10 carries.
In addition to Daniels at quarterback, Evan Landi also played well as he ran the offense for Team Bulls on 11-of-24 passing and 152 yards with his long strike of the night, a 48-yard connection to wide receiver Faron Hornes, coming in the third quarter. Landi also stepped out of his quarterback role, catching two passes for 62 yards including a 57-yard reception on the very first play of the game. That play led to Team Bulls’ first score of the contest, a 26-yard field goal by Eric Schwartz.
Landi also ran eight times for 36 yards.
Sterling Griffin would record 23 yards on two catches, and Patrick Richardson had one catch for 44 yards for Team Bulls.
Running back Demetrius Murray had 38 yards on eight scampers, and scored the only other touchdown on the ground during the contest.
On the defensive side of the ball, safety Jerrell Young recorded a game-high seven tackles for Team Bulls while cornerback George Baker chipped in with six stops. Linebackers Devekeyan Lattimore and Donte Spires had six tackles a piece for Team South Florida.