USF receivers coach Phil McGeoghan watched sophomore Terrence Mitchell and junior Victor Marc put together a solid body of work in the spring and fall camp, which is why he wasn't surprised to see both shine in a 37-7 win against Ball State.
Mitchell, a Hillsborough High product, posted career highs in both receptions (seven) and receiving yards (60), as did Marc (four receptions, 81 yards), who also caught his first career touchdown
"I think it's just been a matter of time before they got a chance to go out there and showcase what their natural talents and abilities are," McGeoghan said.
USF's receiving corps, considered one of the most improved positions on the team from last season, has shown its depth during the first two weeks, with Mitchell and Marc among six Bulls with five or more receptions.
It may be tough for any member of the group to put up big numbers each week considering the amount of capable options, but those who continue to gain the coaching staff's trust with their work in practice will get an opportunity.
"We'll find a role," McGeoghan said. "That's one thing that (offensive coordinator Todd) Fitch and coach (Skip) Holtz do is finding roles for guys that deserve to play."
Daniels getting constructive criticism
Junior quarterback B.J. Daniels has earned plenty of praise for his play during the opening two weeks, but quarterbacks coach Peter Vaas said there's still plenty of constructive criticism being thrown his way.
"It's a delicate balance of always finding ways to motivate him. Not that you want to harp on the negatives, but you want to make sure that he's aware there's still room for improvement," Vaas said. "We haven't arrived yet. We need to get better, and the best thing about it is we can get better. We haven't thrown the ball down field very effectively yet, and that's one of the area's we'll harp on. There are some little footwork issues that we've got to get straightened out and ironed out. There's a lot of little things that we can keep doing to get better and better."
With his main goal being perfection, Daniels understands there's still plenty of room for growth. As for the early praise, he's taking it with a humble approach.
"I've definitely been around long enough to experience the highs and the lows, so I've been through it before," Daniels said. "Like I say every week, I just have to try and get better."
Freshman Antoine Pozniak, who moved from linebacker to defensive end at the start of fall camp, has now moved back to linebacker and will redshirt. Holtz said the emergence of senior Claude Davis (team-best three sacks) as the team's fifth end allowed for the move. … USF's home game against UTEP on Sept. 24 will be a 7 p.m. kickoff.