Spring practice begins today so we will breakdown each position group as we gear up for football season. Note: We will not guess on what impact freshmen who are not on campus yet will have on the team.
Position Coach: Jeff Scott for spring practice. (Likely Bobby Bentley during the season)
Key Losses: Devontres Dukes (24 catches, 297 yards, 4 TD); Randall St. Felix (15 catches, 150 yards, 1 TD)
Key Returners: Bryce Miller (33 catches, 327 yards, 3 TD); Omarion Dollison (21 catches, 272 yards, 1 TD); Latrell Williams (22 catches, 260 yards); Xavier Weaver (10 catches, 136 yards); Sincere Brown (1 catch, 19 yards)
Key Additions: Nickolas Tshivuadi (HS) [ED. Note: Jimmy Horn Jr. is obviously a huge addition, but since he’s not on campus yet, he won’t be a part of this preview.]
So, technically, USF is going into spring practice without a dedicated WR coach after Xaiver Dye moved to TE coach with the departure of Joey King. Scott will step in during spring practice to coach wide outs while the future position coach—Bobby Bentley—waits until July to officially take the job due to retirement fund issues.
The Bulls return their three best receivers from 2020 in Miller, Dollison, and Williams. It’s clear they are the best trio on the team, and should be fed the ball the appropriate amount. It’s the depth behind them that can be worrisome.
Xavier Weaver has shown flashes through his first two years, but seemed to be behind Dukes, and Williams last season. He needs to step into the role left by Dukes and be a steady set of hands for whomever is throwing passes this year.
Sincere Brown is another big-bodied receiver (6’5, 175 LBS) that should take another jump forward in his sophomore year after seeing limited snaps in 2020. Logan Berryhill has seen action in 11 games over two seasons, but hasn’t registered a catch. USF needs to find something from these two to shore up some depth issues behind the top guys.
Tsivuadi has the length (6’4) that Weis and Scott love in a receiver, but is still learning the position, and may not factor in much during his freshman season. Jimmy Horn Jr. needs to get to campus ASAP.
GET LATRELL AND OMARION THE BALL.