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Bulls notes: Lattimore QB of USF defense

Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:06 PM

University of South Florida LB DeDe Lattimore probably won't ever be asked to play quarterback, at least not on the offensive side of the ball.

Lattimore, typically the starter at weakside linebacker, made his debut at middle linebacker in the Bulls' loss to No. 16 Louisville last weekend, a move that may have some staying power.

"(In the middle), I'm just like the quarterback on the offense," Lattimore said. "I've got to be more disciplined with more reads and more focus. It worked out good Saturday."

In his new role, Lattimore gets to play more centrally and help make sure the defense is properly aligned before the snap. He said he's not sure how he'll be splitting his time between middle and weakside in the coming weeks, though he expects to play a significant role at both positions.

"I like the middle a lot," he said. "You got to see a lot more things and be in the box a lot more. I think it's going to be great for the team with me being in the middle."

With USF's two current middle linebackers, Sam Barrington and Michael Lanaris, both playing their senior season, Lattimore could permanently move into the middle next year.

WILLIAMS HOLDING ON: Sophomore LT Darrell Williams worked with the first-team offensive line again Wednesday, signaling that he will likely remain the Bulls' starter, ahead of senior Damien Edwards, against Syracuse on Saturday. Williams has struggled this season, but coach Skip Holtz still thinks he's the best available option.

"He's graded better than Edwards," Holtz said. "I don't think either one is at the level we need them to play at to be the type of team we want to be. When you go back and look at some of the sacks and some of the pressures, that left tackle position has been involved, so we've been letting them compete."

BULLS BITS: The backfield could be thin Saturday as USF takes on the Orange, as RB Demetris Murray (ankle) remains questionable to play, though he did practice Wednesday. Reserve RB Willie Davis likely won't be available after spraining his ankle Tuesday. He was wearing a protective boot on the sideline Wednesday. … DE Tevin Mims (hamstring) is not taking many snaps in practice, but he is expected to be full-go by kickoff Saturday. … LG Mark Popek (ankle) remains doubtful.

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