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Bulls notes: Freshman RB earns playing time

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 03:20 PM
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USF coach Skip Holtz said Monday not to be surprised if freshman RB Marcus Shaw gets some playing time in Saturday's season opener against Stony Brook. Shaw has impressed coaches enough to be in the mix at tailback with returnees Mo Plancher, Bradley Battles and Demetris Murray.

"We've got a logjam (at tailback)," Holtz said Monday during the Big East's media teleconference. "We've got four tailbacks that will all play and can all play. I look at four guys who are doing a nice job that all will play a role and I think all will play on Saturday."

Plancher, a sixth-year senior, is the projected starter, but he has been slowed by a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for several days until Friday's scrimmage.

Meanwhile, Murray and Battles have had their moments during fall camp, but Shaw also has come along of late to likely earn playing time. Shaw, listed at 5-foot-9 and 181 pounds, played at Arcadia's DeSoto High last season.

Under the radar: A lot has been made of USF losing six starters from last year's defense, including four players selected in the NFL draft.

Holtz said Monday that the Bulls have a "no-name defense" compared to a year ago with DEs George Selvie and Jason Pierre-Paul anchoring the unit.

While the Bulls lack some of the star power from a year ago, Holtz is confident this group is deeper in overall talent.

"We have some good depth," he said.

Bull bits: Holtz plans to announce the team captains today at his first media luncheon of the season. ... The Bulls are scheduled to practice this afternoon for the first time since Friday's scrimmage. The players had Saturday and Monday off, and Sunday night's scrimmage was canceled due to rain.

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