New recruit a big addition to offensive line - 320 pounds
A look at highlights from USF's football recruiting class.
By GREG AUMAN
Published February 8, 2007
Highlights from USF's football recruiting class:
Biggest: Offensive lineman Jeremiah Warren, at 320 pounds, is bigger than any player on the 2007 roster.
Smallest: Running back Tyson Butler and receiver Patrick Richardson are 170 pounds, but they'll be among the fastest players on campus.
Best nickname: Offensive lineman Thomas Edenfield, dubbed "IHOP" by teammates for the way he serves up "pancake" blocks on defensive linemen.
Most dangerous: Tallahassee Godby coach Shelton Crews raves about linebacker Keith McCaskill: "He's got a motor that's always going 1,000 mph. Always moving to the ball. We've had a couple of friendly fire accidents."
Softball coach Ken Eriksen thinks his team could go far this season, but thanks to the warm climate, for more than two months the Bulls are barely going anywhere.
USF's schedule is loaded with home tournaments, so much so the Bulls, who open their season Friday, don't have a road game until March 27, their 46th game. And that's all the way in DeLand. By the time USF leaves the state, it'll be April 13, 54 games into a 69-game season.
The Bulls made the NCAA's Super Regions last season - softball's Sweet 16 - and finished second in their first season in the Big East. Last year's aces, Bree Spence and Cristi Ecks, are back, joined by freshman phenom Kristen Gordon and Courtney Mosch, a transfer from Syracuse who will help with her arm and as a key bat in the middle of the lineup.
"This is the way fast-pitch softball is going over the next 10-15 years," Eriksen said of his pitching surplus. "You're going to see more programs carrying four and five pitchers, working in situational play."
Greg Auman can be reached at email@example.com and at 813 226-3346. Check out his blog at blogs.tampabay.com/usf.