TAMPA – After Saturday night's Green and Gold Bowl spring game, University of South Florida football fans probably walked away pretty excited about sophomore wide receiver Andre Davis, the former Jefferson High standout.
After all, Davis had two touchdown receptions and another 59-yard catch where he was dragged down at the 1-yard line.
USF coach Skip Holtz liked that, too.
But he also saw the flip side.
"That was against our defense,'' Holtz said. "We can't have uncontested deep balls like that. I like our young corners. I like (Kenneth) Durden. I like Joshua (Brown). I like Fidel (Montgomery). But we've got to get them better.''
For every positive Holtz saw on a beautiful evening at Corbett Soccer Stadium, with a thousand or so fans lining the field, there was a resulting negative.
"That's the way these things go,'' Holtz said. "I look at them like a coach. There's always an area where you can get better.''
Offensively, the Bulls seemingly had a terrific performance in the 150-play event, putting up 10 overall touchdowns, including three TD passes from junior quarterback Bobby Eveld, who was 12 of 16 for 154 yards.
Davis had four receptions for 118 yards and the two scores.
Touchdown passes also went to tight ends Evan Landi and Mike McFarland, receivers Terrence Mitchell and Derrick Hopkins and fullback Tye Turner. Meanwhile, Demetris Murray, Lindsey Lamar and Bradley Battles each had a rushing score.
Senior B.J. Daniels, wearing a red no-contact jersey, was 18 of 26 for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Matt Floyd, who shared the No. 2 spot with Eveld on last week's depth chart, was 18 of 30 for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Floyd threw the night's only interception (to Kayvon Webster).
Reserve place-kicker Marvin Kloss had a 51-yard field goal.
"Bobby (Eveld) really responded, he really fought back,'' Holtz said. "He had a really good night.''
Eveld was pleased as well.
"I saw the field much better tonight and feel like I did better (than last week's scrimmage),''he said. "Collectively, our receiving corps was very good.
"Matt (Floyd) and I are good friends, but we both want to play. It's a competition and neither of us is taking it personally.''
USF's defense, though, did seem to take Saturday's performance personally.
"We really lacked energy,'' linebacker DeDe Lattimore said. "We've got to be more physical. We've just got to be better than this.''
Defensive end Ryne Giddins was a standout. He had what amounted to three sacks, including a pressure when Daniels took a safety, and he knocked off Floyd's helmet on the game's only interception.
"It was a good day for me, but a bad day for the defensive unit,'' Giddins said. "I'd rather it be an OK day for me and a good day for the defensive unit.''
Holtz also counted the on-campus venue as one of the night's biggest positives.
"Put 50,000 seats around this field and we'll be good,'' Holtz said.
The Bulls practice twice this week before concluding drills with next Saturday's spring game finale at Raymond James Stadium, which begins at 6 p.m.