With the Bulls reporting Sunday, Head Coach Skip Holtz talked to the media about the start of fall camp on Monday. With many near misses resulting in a 5-7 season, Holtz and the Bulls are ready to start anew.
"There's a lot of energy in this building right now," said Holtz. "With a lot of players reporting, everybody is walking around and smiling, there's just a lot of excitement and a lot of energy around this team. I know everybody has been waiting for this for a long time. I was ready to start this season on Dec. 8 of last year."
Holtz discussed the camp schedule which will be on the USF campus beginning on Monday at 8:00 am through Tuesday and then the Bulls head out to Vero Beach on Wednesday where they'll spend for 11 days before returning on the 18th. The Bulls first day in pads is on Friday, with the first two scrimmages set for Monday, Aug. 13 and Saturday Aug. 18, in Vero Beach. The Bulls head back to Tampa on the 18th, and Fan Fest is at Raymond James Stadium on Aug. 19.
With camp set t begin Holtz discussed his four main goals for camp.
"One is to build togetherness with the football team and leadership, "One of the advantages of going to Vero Beach is kind of having zero distractions," said Holtz. "There will be a lot of bonds, closeness and relationships."
"Second there are holes in the depth chart which we'll continue to fill as we get into the season," said Holtz. Third is we got some schematics things offensively and defensively, that we have to put together and get sharpened up as we get ready for the season."
"The last main goal is the special teams, which is an area where we can make huge strides and an awful lot of improvement from where we were a year ago, and I'm really excites at some of the depth we have on this football team that will help us out from a special teams standpoint."
Additions and Deletions: six former scholarship players no longer with team
With players reporting, The Bulls released a new roster and announced that several new walk-ons have joined the team, and six players that were on scholarship will not be reporting this fall, including DBs Ricardo Dixon and Spencer Boyd, OL Joh McGhin, WR Stephen Bravo-Brown, TE Isaac Virgin, and freshman DB Jarvis McCall.
Holtz said both defensive backs Ricardo Dixon and Spencer Boyd will be transferring. Offensive lineman John McGhin, who graduated on Saturday made the decision to no longer play football. Incoming defensive back Jarvis McCall had a situation arise over the summer and is expected to join the team in January.
DT Cory Grissom - Is progressing really well and he's progressing well and he'll be ready for the first game
DL Anthony Hill - Is doing well and could be ready by mid season
CB Chris Bivins, WR Dunkley and Safety John Lejiste are all full go heading into camp.
You can watch the presser here.