Quarterbacks Reward Leavitt's Confidence

TAMPA, FLA. (August 19, 2006) – In the first full-scale scrimmage for the University of South Florida, the top three quarterbacks showed why Coach Jim Leavitt has consistently praised their leadership throughout the first two weeks of camp.

Pat Julmiste, Matt Grothe and Grant Gregory all looked sharp in leading the offense.

"I was really pleased with the quarterbacks," Leavitt said after the nearly three-hour scrimmage that went roughly 115 plays. "I thought they all showed great leadership and ran the offense well. Maybe the one that surprised me the most was Grant Gregory. I knew what Pat can do, and I knew what Matt could do. I also know what Grant can do, but he might be an even better quarterback than I gave him credit for."

Leavitt also indicated redshirt freshman Moise Plancher is "clearly the number one running back." Defensively, Leavitt liked the work of tackle Richard Clebert, and he continues to praise the starting linebackers – Stephen Nicholas, Ben Moffitt and Pat St. Louis. Moffitt was held out today with a cast on his left hand, and starting cornerback Mike Jenkins was also held out with stitches in his chin.

"Mike could have played today, but why," Leavitt said. Moffitt could have played as well, but with both players clearly in a starting role, the decision was made to let them sit.

The Bulls return to the practice field Monday morning in preparation for the September 2 season opener against McNeese State.

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