USF Head Coach Jim Leavitt was on "The Lineup" on Bright House Sports Network last night doing an interview with Joe Girvan discussing the Bulls as they head into the preseason. This was first of the three part segment, with part two on Thursday and three on Friday at 6 p.m.
During part one, Leavitt mainly discussed the offense and here are the highlights from coach’s conversation with BHSN’s Joe Girvin.
On the start of camp:
“You go through winter conditioning, you go through spring football, summer work-outs which goes 8-weeks, and then you prepare. Our staff has been preparing for weeks for these guys to come in and get going. You get worn out to be honest, and get tired of waiting so you are anxious to get started.”
Leavitt on injured kicker Maikon Bonani availability this season: "Our thoughts are to not play him this year, but we plan on having him back next year and ready to go. “
“Delber t Alvarado is the guy in place to do our punting and kicking, he’s done it before so that at least is a good thing.” “We’re also gonna look at a number of guys because if something happens to Delbert, you got to have a back-up. That’s more of my concern is creating some depth. ”
On how the offense will be under new OC Mike Canales: “They’re going be different. You got a new way to do things; your mind set is different, another guy calling the plays. There will be a number of things that will be different but our philosophy will be similar, but there’s different ways that our offense will attempt to attack a defense. It will be different with Mike.”
On the competition with B.J. Daniels and Evan Landi, and if either will have other roles:
“The competition is real; they are that good I think. They haven’ been centers under a game but they are great athletes, great leaders and they want to play. Evan Landi has played receiver ad will also play some this year as well. B.J is just going to be a quarterback and that what his focus will be.
On Mike Ford and the running backs
“Mike Ford has always done a great job but has been injured the last two years. Two years ago he had broken ribs and we couldn’t play him the three games we lost, and last year he didn’t play in three games we lost with a high ankle sprain. Mike has worked hard all summer and he has some competition. Jamar Taylor wants to start as well, and he has had a great summer. Mo Plancher has had a great senior summer, and Aston Samuels comes back from shoulder after not being able to play. We’re going to look hard at freshman Lindsay Lamar and see how he does with his speed. You got Kelly who will work a little of tight end, running back and full back and do a number of different thing. Then you throw in Demetrius Murray who I think has a ton of abilities. So we have some guys who can play.
On the serious talent at receiver:
“Jessie Hester everybody is well aware of coming into his senior year, playing H, or inside receiver. A.J. Love is back and healthy, Carlton Mitchell played a lot of football for us Last year. Dontavia Bogan had a great year last season. Then throw in Ed Alcin from Chamberlin high school, who we think we’ll have a big year. There’s Theo Wilson who we think is an outstanding receiver from Dunedin, and Patrick Richardson from the panhandle, and I could keep going. So we have a number of guys that we think can play, and should do well.”
On the offensive line’s new faces, going tackle to tackle
LT: “Right now we have a JUCO player Jamar Bass that will probably walk in and compete for the starting at that spot. Jeremiah Warren is going to be the one competing with him. The first day of practice those two will be going at it for that spot.”
LG: “At left guard we got Genus and a young man named Chaz Hine who will compete for left guard.
C: “We got Kevin McCaskill who’s been here for two years will compete with Jake Sims at center.”
RG: “You have Danous Estenor who will push Zach Hermann for that spot.
RT: “Mark Popek will start right now at right tackle, with Damien Edwards pushing him for that position.”
“I think they all can play and are good football players.”
This was first of the three part segment, with part two on Thursday and three on Friday at 6 p.m. on BHSN.