Knowing that his team would have a major challenge in preparing for Rutgers on a short week after a long road trip, University of South Florida coach Skip Holtz made sure to get a jump start on preparing for the Scarlet Knights.
He and his staff broke down all of last season's game film during the summer, just so that they wouldn't have to do that work this week under tight time restraints.
On the plane home from Nevada, Holtz watched Rutgers' season-opening win over Tulane. The game film from the Scarlet Knights' win over Howard on Saturday awaited him in his office Sunday morning.
"We did a lot of work on them this summer, knowing that this short week was coming," Holtz said. "We broke them down pretty extensively this summer and made summer scouting reports and did a lot of work on them from last year. Then we pulled those folders out (Sunday), along with what we were able to watch (Saturday) night and (Sunday), to see where they are."
RB Marcus Shaw, who did not make the trip to Nevada because of an ankle injury, was "still hobbled" at practice Sunday night, according to Holtz. … Holtz said he thinks CB Kayvon Webster (knee) "will be OK," and that he's starting to feel better. … The prognosis on WR Sterling Griffin's knee isn't as clear, with Holtz saying he's awaiting test results today. … Neither Webster nor Griffin practiced Sunday.