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USF Bulls notes: Backup RBs, QBs shine

Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM
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University of South Florida football players knew Monday's scrimmage was directed specifically toward formulating a depth chart and a few players took full advantage of the opportunity.

That depth chart could be released today, according to coach Skip Holtz, once the coaching staff has graded the film and spoken with the team.

Among the most impressive players were RBs Marcus Shaw and Willie Davis. Senior Demetris Murray is the assumed starter as the back with the most returning experience, but repetitions behind him are up for grabs with Lindsey Lamar also firmly in the battle.

Shaw, a junior, had 10 carries for 96 yards and Davis, a redshirt freshman, had five carries for 62 yards.

"Shaw is running really well," Holtz said. "We came into this saying, 'We've got four or five running backs that are in this competition right now.' … I think Marcus Shaw has had a very productive camp. I think Willie Davis is showing some things, although Willie didn't have an opportunity to run against the (first-string) defense, so you've got to take some of it with a grain of salt, but he's had a great camp."

A fifth running back, Bradley Battles, twisted an ankle early in the scrimmage and will undergo X-rays to determine the extent of his injury.

Davis said he enjoys the challenge of fighting for playing time.

"We've got Demetris Murray and Lindsey Lamar in front of me, as well as Marcus Shaw, so I'm just waiting on my turn. Any time one of them needs a break or rest, I can come right in and prove to them that I can play, that I'm ready," Davis said.

At quarterback …

Running back isn't the only competition in the backfield as QBs Matt Floyd and Bobby Eveld continued their battle to back up B.J. Daniels.

Floyd went 12-for-17 for 135 yards and a 14-yard touchdown to Ruben Gonzalez, while Eveld went 10-for-19 for 114 yards and an interception. Daniels was 11-for-18 for 121 yards and a 22-yard touchdown to Chris Dunkley. Daniels also was intercepted once.

In addition to connecting on each of his first 11 passes, Floyd, a redshirt freshman, also showed some elusiveness, scrambling four times for 46 yards.

"It's actually pretty easy out there when the line is setting up good blocks and the receivers are catching balls," Floyd said. "All summer long we were watching film and learning the plays better and it gets a lot easier when everything slows down and you know the plays better. That's helped a lot."

On the injury front

USF left the scrimmage mostly unscathed with Battles, DT Elkino Watson (leg) and DB Trevon Griffin (wind knocked out of him) the only players injured. Watson and Griffin are expected back at practice soon.

Also expected to be back soon after missing the scrimmage are DE Aaron Lynch (concussion), DT Cory Grissom (foot) and WR D'vario Montgomery (shoulder).

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