Coach Soundbytes: Linebacker/Special Teams Evaluations

May 26, 2010
Ron Metz (USF)

TAMPA - With summer workouts now here, the USF football position coaches had a chance to sit down and give a few soundbytes on the players currently with the team after a successful spring season. Each position coach said a few words about the players under their wing.

Today, we finish up the series by checking in with linebackers coach Mark Snyder and special teams coordinator Vernon Hargreaves to hear what they had to say about the players who form an athletic linebacking corps and will be counted on in special teams this season.

Check out the previous soundbytes below.

Previous Soundbytes
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Offensive Line
Defensive Backs
Running Backs/Quarterbacks
Defensive Line

Mark Snyder, Defensive Coordinator - Linebackers
On Sam Barrington
“Sam has a lot of potential. A very hard worker who is starting to come in to his own, we’re expecting great things out of him from the linebacker position in the future.”

On Sabbath Joseph
“A very, very smart football player who’s played a lot of football around here. He brings a high football IQ to the field.”

On Michael Lanaris
“A very instinctive football player. A tough guy. Football makes sense to him.”

On DeDe Lattimore
“DeDe is full of potential. A very young kid, very sudden. He has a good career in front of him.”

On Armando Sanchez
“A good role player for us, will be a great special teams guy. That’s where he needs to make his hay.”

On Donte Spires
“Donte’s a gifted guy outside. He has tremendous speed and plays very well in space.”

On Curtis Weatherspoon
“He is new to the system but a very good edge blitzer and can contribute in some of our nickel and dime packages.”

On Jacquian Williams
“He is full of talent. Jacquian is a speedy guy who plays really well in space.”

Vernon Hargreaves, Special Teams Coordinator - Defensive Ends

On Maikon Bonani
“Had a good spring after getting injured last fall and being limited in the fall. Shows great poise and gets the ball up in a hurry. It’s going to be a great competition to see who the starter is going to be. I’m looking forward to him coming back and being even better in the fall.”

On Justin Brockhaus-Kann
“Was really consistent in the spring. Needs to get our operation time down and start punting it the way he’s really capable of doing. Has a big leg and a ton of upside. We just need to get him rolling and let his natural abilities take over.”

On Renato Proia
“A really raw talent who hadn’t done a lot of punting. Still learning how to do it. Has a strong leg, just needs to continue to work on his technique. Once he gets his technique down will be in a good battle with Brockhaus-Kann for the starting role.”

On Austin Pullaro
“Is raw but has a big leg. Needs to keep rehabbing but has a chance down the road.”

On Eric Schwartz
“Was neck-and-neck with (Maikon) Bonani throughout the spring. Had an outstanding spring  himself and will be a close battle with Bonani to see who earns that starting job.”

On Mike Walsh
“One of the areas you are always concerned about is an area we won’t have to concern ourselves with the next couple of years. We feel good about him being our guy at long-snapper.”

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