A spring tradition continues in a different venue.
The USF football team holds its annual Spring Game on Saturday at 1 p.m., and for the first time in the Bulls’ six seasons, the game will be held at Raymond James Stadium, site of the Bulls’ home games.
The previous spring games took place at the USF Soccer Stadium.
Coach Jim Leavitt and his staff selected the Green and Gold squads Thursday morning in a mock draft. The Bulls wrapped up spring practices Thursday, and though Leavitt was pleased overall, he still saw room for improvement.
“This is how I size it up after spring,” he said. “We’re not in game shape. But we knew we wouldn’t be. We’ve seen some good things in all areas, but this summer is unbelievably important if we’re going to have a chance to be successful in the fall with what will be the toughest schedule USF has played without question.”
Several Bulls are not expected to play because of injuries. Among the likely no-shows are wide receiver Chris Iskra and defensive linemen Shurron Pierson and Tavares Jurineack.One of the keenest contests within the game figures to be the battle between David Mullins and Ronnie Banks for the No. 2 quarterback position in the fall.
“We have to find a No. 2 quarterback who steps up and gets closer to Marquel (Blackwell),” Leavitt said.
“Right now, Marquel is way ahead of everybody else and there needs to be some separation from someone for that No. 2 spot.”Admission is free, but fans must have tickets to enter the stadium. Tickets are available today at the Sun Dome Box Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the stadium Saturday beginning at noon and at Tampa area Hops restaurants.
Free parking is available in the lots south of the stadium beginning at 11:30 a.m., and all patrons must enter through Gate D at the southwest corner of the stadium.