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Time off has been a mixed blessing for Bulls

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 11:21 PM
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If there was one negative to having extra time to prepare for a game, USF offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said it's not being able to play while a good performance is fresh on their minds."Once you get into a rhythm, you'd like to stay in rhythm, as a hitter, as a golfer, as a runner, as an offensive football team," he said of keeping momentum from the offense's breakout performance against Cincinnati in a 38-30 win 10 days ago."I think the 10 days we had - we played so many games kind of lumped together that I think we were kind of worn down, especially our line. It may take a little while to get your motor started in terms the rhythm of the offense but in the long run the dividends of the extra time is invaluable for us."

The 12-day layoff also gives the Bulls extra time to prepare for a team they've struggled against in recent years. USF has been outscored 80-16 in its last two meetings (both losses) against Rutgers.

QB B.J. Daniels said it's been refreshing to sit back on a win for a while."The break does help us out, mentally and physically," said Daniels. "To have a break after a big game - it helps us linger in the confidence area but we're still just trying to improve and get better."

Griffin update

Nothing has changed since Coach Skip Holtz last talked about WR Sterling Griffin, who expects to redshirt after an originally targeted mid-October return after he suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle in summer workouts. Griffin missed practice last week and is still affected by the injury, Holtz said."I don't think it will be worth it at this point in time to try and push him," Holtz said.

Holtz said last week he'll explore a possible sixth year for senior WR A.J. Love, who tore his ACL in the spring game and hasn't played this season.

Bulls bit

Holtz said S Jon Lejiste and CB Mistral Raymond, who were limited in portions of practice last week, are good for Wednesday.

Phil Neary

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