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April 1, 2013
USF held their first Spring scrimmage last Saturday and we were able to get Willie Taggart's thoughts on how it went prior to Day 8 of practice.
"Leaving the scrimmage, I thought our defense played with a lot of enthusiasm," Taggart said. "It was very impressive to see."
Takeaways were an issue last season for the Chris Cosh led USF defense, but Taggart was very encouraged with that aspect on Saturday.
"You preach it (turnovers) so much as coaches," Taggart explained. "We have a sign in our locker room that talks about creating turnovers and how it will help win games."
Coach Taggart once against praised the likes of Luke Sager, but also brought up a name that we hadn't heard much of in cornerback Josh Brown.
"Luke has been Mr. Consistent. He's been consistent with a lot of things on Saturday," he said. "I thought Josh Brown had one heck of a scrimmage. He was really impressive seeing him out here running around and making plays. He had a fumble recovery and some nice tackles."
While there was praise for the defense, Taggart remained a bit wary of the consistency of his offense.
"I thought offensively we just didn't play consistently," he said. "We would do some good things, we would drive the ball and have a false start or fumble snap. The ball is on the ground too much. The good thing about it is we have a while before we play our first game and these are all things we can get better at."
News and Notes
We start where we normally do, with the Day 8 Music Playlist. Today brought us "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins, "Bawitdaba" by Kid Rock, "Take It To The House" by Trick Daddy, and "Rappers Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang.
D'Vario Montgomery and Marcus Shaw both sat out practice today. Both have minor injuries that were suffered in the scrimmage on Saturday. Neither setback is anything major and we should see both of them back on the field either Wednesday or Friday.
More interestingly though, both DeDe Lattimore and Kenneth Durden were absent from practice. No explanation was given because we talk to Willie prior to practice, and well, we didn't know they would be missing. We'll be sure to find out the reason when we talk with Coach Taggart again on Wednesday.
Today also saw some players return from injury. Both Ryne Giddens and Thor Jozwiak practiced in full contact drills. Jozwiak brings some much needed depth to the offensive line, which besides quarterback, could be the most concerning unit on the team.
Speaking of the offensive line, I overheard Walt Wells mention to Mak Djulbegovic during individual drills something in reference to the walk-on having the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. Which tells you that that Djubelgovic has really impressed the new coaching staff and is taking advantage of the opportunity he has.
On special teams, Punter Chris Veron is in a walking boot on his left foot. This leaves Mattias Ciabatti as the only healthy punter. Coach Taggart said before practice that Marvin Kloss is the front-runner for not only the kick off specialist, but also the place kicker. This comes as a surprise because I was under the impression that Emilio Nadelman was going to step in right away and be the place kicker. Clearly not.
Josh Appel is the Senior Writer for RunningtheBulls.com. He is a student broadcaster at the University of South Florida. You can contact him at Josh@RunningtheBulls.com. Follow Josh on Twitter at @JoshAppel.