USF spring wrap

2011 overall record: 5-7

2011 conference record: 1-6 (T-7)

Returning starters: Offense: 8; defense: 7; kicker/punter: 3

Top returners

QB B.J. Daniels, RB Demetris Murray, WR Sterling Griffin, WR Andre Davis, LB DeDe Lattimore, LB Sam Barrington, DE Ryne Giddins, DT Cory Grissom

Key losses

C Chaz Hine, OG Jeremiah Warren, RB Darrell Scott, DE Patrick Hampton, DT Keith McCaskill, S Jerrell Young, CB Quenton Washington

2011 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Darrell Scott (814 yards)

Passing: B.J. Daniels* (215-of-365 for 2,585 yards, 13 TDs, 7 INTs)

Receiving: Sterling Griffin* (530 yards)

Tackles: DeDe Lattimore* (94)

Sacks: Lattimore* (7)

Interceptions: Jerrell Young, Kayvon Webster*, JaQuez Jenkins* (two each)

Spring answers

1. Offensive line: The Bulls went into the spring with question marks at center and guard, thanks to the departures of two of the most consistent players up front last season, Chaz Hine and Jeremiah Warren. It appears Austin Reiter has the edge at center, while Damien Edwards did really well at left guard. He and Lawrence Martin will compete at right guard when Danous Estenor returns from injury to his left guard spot.

2. Cornerback: The Bulls have plenty of returning starters, but one of the biggest holes to fill was at cornerback with the departure of Quenton Washington. Junior college transfer Fidel Montgomery stepped right in and showed why he deserved to win the starting job, making plays for most of the spring.

3. Andre Davis emerges: We all saw glimpses of how good Andre Davis could be last season, when he played extensively as a true freshman because of injuries at the position. He got even better this spring and is currently listed as the starter ahead of Sterling Griffin, who led the team in receiving yards last season. Davis is the type of player who can stretch the field -- and clearly B.J. Daniels has much more confidence in him now that he is a year older.

Fall questions

1. Cory Grissom's return. Grissom broke his ankle toward the end of spring practice, and coach Skip Holtz is hopeful that his big tackle will be back in time for the start of the season. But as of right now, there is no real set timetable for his return -- it just a matter of how well he heals. Without him, USF is not as deep at the position as it would want. But there is some talent there in Elkino Watson, Luke Sager and Todd Chandler.

2. Safety. This is a pretty deep position for the Bulls, who are hoping for improved play out of this position. Starter Jon Lejiste was out for the spring, but Mark Joyce and JaQuez Jenkins did really well in his absence. Lejiste is going to have a fight on his hands when he returns, but no doubt the Bulls are happy about having some competition here going into the spring.

3. Using Lindsey Lamar. While Murray is the starter at running back, Lamar was moved to the position in the spring and coaches were happy with how he came along. Now the big question is how can Lamar provide some of the big plays out of the backfield the Bulls are going to need to complement the bigger Murray.