TAMPA — Expectations for senior WR Andre Davis are high heading into the 2014 regular season, and the former Jefferson High School product is looking forward to living up to them. Coming off a career year in 2013, when Davis hauled in 49 passes for 735 yards and two touchdowns, those numbers could be eclipsed this fall with USF’s offensive players heading into Year 2 in coach Willie Taggart’s pro-style system.
With several young receivers now in the fold for the Bulls, Davis must lead the receiving corps not only by example, but also by being vocal to help bring along the freshmen. Davis pointed out that junior WR Eric Dungy, who transferred from Oregon this past spring, has stepped in and showcased a strong work ethic.
“A lot of good things are coming from the group,” Davis said about the receivers. “(Eric) Dungy is a hard worker. He comes out here and busts his butt day in and day out. He just comes out here and works hard.”
USF’s full stable of receivers were not on display during Saturday’s full-pads practice, which was open to the public. A couple of pass catchers were out with injuries. Toledo transfer Rodney Adams is still nursing a foot injury and remains day-to-day, TE Mike McFarland is out due to a knee injury, Taggart said.
Bulls wide receivers coach Ron Dugans said he was pleased so far with the progress his receivers have made through the first six days of camp, adding that he has high expectations for Davis this upcoming campaign.
“We started off really good,” Dugans said. “The older guys, they came out fired up and excited to go. I thought they did a really good job. The thing we want to do is have one good practice and put it back to back. The young guys, they’re coming along. We’re getting it together.”
Canes hope to trim QB derby to two
CORAL GABLES — University of Miami coach Al Golden said he would like to narrow the Hurricanes’ quarterback derby to two players by Wednesday’s scrimmage. So far, graduate transfer Jake Heaps and freshman Brad Kaaya have been getting the bulk of the snaps with the first time.
“I’d like to get it down to two after the first one (scrimmage),” Golden said after the Hurricanes’ first morning practice of the season. “I’d like to get it down to two and go from there as we get into game week. The first scrimmage is Wednesday, and the second one is Monday so there isn’t a lot of time, so if I can get it down to two and give them a lot of work between the first one and second one, we’ll go from there.”
While Golden wants to solidify the quarterback situation, he conceded that at other positions “there are a lot of jobs open.”
“There are some guys that have played a lot and have a lot of experience, so those guys kind of separate themselves and you can maybe give them three reps and the other guy five in an eight play period,” Golden said, “but I would say a majority of our team is scratching and clawing right now to be honest with you.
“I don’t think there is going to be that kind of separation until after the seocnd scrimmage. There are a lot of guys in the mix right now.”
NEBRASKA: Middle linebacker Michael Rose will undergo knee surgery next week and miss the season.
Rose was hurt in a non-contact drill Friday, He is the third key member of the defense in three days to be ruled out for the season.
On Thursday the Huskers learned they would be without nickel back Charles Jackson because of a knee injury, and on Friday the athletic department announced safety LeRoy Alexander would be suspended for the season.
NOTRE DAME: Receiver Torii Hunter Jr. will miss four to six weeks because of a Grade 3 groin tear, coach Brian Kelly said.
The son of Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, the 6-foot, 190-pounder entered the Irish’s first on-campus practice walking with one crutch.
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