Football notebook

Wideout Johnny Peyton, who was thought to be one of USF’s top returning receivers, seems to have dropped a few spots on the depth chart as the team prepares for its season opener at Penn State this weekend.

“We know Amarri Jackson’s going to play, we know Jackie Chambers will play, S.J. Green will play and Cedric Hill will play a lot,” offensive coordinator Rod Smith said. “And after that there’s Johnny Peyton and Jessie Hester and Carlton Hill.”

But nothing is set is stone, Smith added, as the wideout depth chart is still unclear.

“We’re still not sure yet,” he said. “We’re pretty close, we have a pretty good idea who’s going to play and who’s not.”

Jackson, a 6-foot-5 transfer from Hillsborough Community College, has impressed Smith, who said Jackson has “done a very good job, and he’s still learning football. He’s nowhere close to where he’s going to be.”

According to coach Jim Leavitt, Hill, a true freshman, will see action even if it’s not behind center.

“Carlton will play at receiver,” Leavitt said. “How much he’ll play at quarterback, I couldn’t tell you.”

Plus: Former Bulls wide receiver DeAndrew Rubin, who has been practicing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, made the first team cut Tuesday, bringing their roster down to 65 players. Rubin is listed at receiver on the depth chart and has been returning punts in the Bucs’ three preseason games, including a 42-yard kickoff return against Jacksonville on Aug. 20.