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Bulls notes: Team to greet fans during FanFest

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The University of South Florida Bulls, who concluded their week-long training camp stay Saturday morning at the Vero Beach Sports Village, will greet fans from today from 2-4 p.m. during USF FanFest at Raymond James Stadium.

USF will provide free season posters, which can be autographed by players and coaches. Additionally, fans are limited to two outside items (footballs, hats, jerseys or other memorabilia) to be autographed.

Parking is available in Lot 4. Fans can enter the stadium through Dock B on the ground level.

In the event of rain, players will sign autographs from the North service level down the West service level with USF coach Willie Taggart signing in the media room.

QB COMPETITION: Taggart said sophomore Matt Floyd and senior Bobby Eveld, who each started games last season, are leading the quarterback competition.

For now.

“We’ve still got another week to go and I don’t want to sell those other guys short,’’ said Taggart, referring to sophomore Steven Bench, a transfer from Penn State, and freshman Mike White. “I want to see them compete. I want to see Bobby and Matt compete. Mostly, we want to limit those mistakes because those are killers in the fall.’’

Taggart said Floyd “has made some really great plays, but also made some really bad plays.’’ Taggart said Eveld has displayed more consistency. Bench was held out of Saturday’s workout with an ankle injury.

INJURIES: Taggart said senior DE Julius Forte underwent knee surgery last week “to clean up some things’’ but is expected back for the Aug. 31 opener against McNeese State at Raymond James Stadium.

Meanwhile, freshman DB Jalen Spencer (shoulder) also is targeted to return for the opener.

“We heal differently around here,’’ Taggart said. “They say two weeks (out) is a week for us.’’

ODDS AND ENDS: Taggart said freshman CB Lamar Robbins, a training camp standout, will “play for us this year.’’ He added that freshman DT Derrick Calloway could “possibly’’ contribute in his first year, while the freshman backfield members (RBs Darius Tice and Sta’fon McCray, FBs Auggie Sanchez and Kennard Swanson) are “going to help us.’’ … Former LB Kawika Mitchell, the program’s career record-holder for tackles (367 from 1999-2002), addressed the squad on Friday night. Mitchell played nine NFL seasons, earning a Super Bowl XLII ring with the New York Giants in 2008. … Taggart brought two fans onto the field Saturday — Steve Dressler, a 1974 USF graduate, and 10-year-old Nick Miller — to help call plays in the huddle. “We appreciate the fans coming out and watching us,’’ Taggart said. “A lot of them drove a long way to watch us and we really appreciate that. Those are your true fans.’’

Joey Johnston

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