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Leavitt says offense, defense inconsistent

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 8, 2001


TAMPA -- While the defense impressed through much of USF's second spring scrimmage Saturday, it was the inconsistency of the offense -- and near the end on defense -- that stood out to coach Jim Leavitt.

"We're just a program that's not very consistent right now," Leavitt after the 98-play scrimmage. "I thought the defense did some really nice things, and did some great hitting through the first two-thirds of the scrimmage, so that's good. But then, near the end, they let the offense go right in a couple of times."

But it was the 10th series and the 64th play before the offense scored, on a 20-yard post pattern from third-string quarterback Ronnie Banks to walk-on tight end John Marshall. Marshall, a junior, also caught a 2-yard touchdown from Kevin Patullo.

"John Marshall made some nice catches and may just come in and be our best tight end," Leavitt said.

Starting quarterback Marquel Blackwell had his unit driving, but one of several bad snaps in the shotgun led to a 92-yard return for a touchdown by freshman defensive back Patrick Payton.

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