Bulls Complete First Practice In Full Pads

TAMPA, FLA. (August 11, 2006) – USF head coach Jim Leavitt indicated the only set in stone first teamers are his linebackers and possibly the cornerbacks. But after the team's fifth practice – and its first in full pads – this morning, Leavitt said there's competition at every other spot.

"The linebackers – (Stephen) Nicholas, (Pat) St. Louis and (Ben) Moffitt. Are set at first team," Leavitt said. "And Mike Jenkins and Trae Williams are pretty strong at the corners, but I want to tell you Jerome Murphy and Ryan Gilliam are doing a heck of a job. And Jeremy Burnett is doing a good job at strong safety."

Leavitt also had praise for the newest member of the defense, true freshman Nate Allen (Cape Coral, Fla.), who has moved from quarterback to safety. "He's going to play this year," Leavitt said. "We wouldn't have moved him if we didn't think he was ready to be a good safety."

"This is the youngest team I've had since our first year," Leavitt continued. "There's a lot of competition everywhere."

On offense, Leavitt indicated Marc Dile would be a starter, but he's not ready to lock him into one position just yet until he can determine who the best linemen are. "He'll play at starter," Leavitt quipped.

The Bulls start a two-a-day schedule Saturday with sessions set for 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

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