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Spring superlatives: South Florida

3/10/2010

Let's continue our look at which position groups are the strongest and which are the weakest for each Big East team this spring. Today: South Florida.

Strongest position: Offensive line

Key returnees: LT Jamar Bass (six starts); C Sampson Genus (12 starts); OG Zach Hermann (eight starts); RG Chaz Hine (12 starts); C Kevin McCaskill (one start); RT Mark Popek (five starts); RT Jake Sims (nine starts); LG Jeremiah Warren (13 starts).

Key departures: None

The skinny: As you can see, the Bulls bring back every player who started a game on the offensive line last year, along with every major key backup. While South Florida didn't have a dominating O-line last season, it now has guys with tons of experience and plenty of talent for new coach Skip Holtz to work with as he installs his new offensive schemes. There should be great competition for playing time there this spring.

Weakest position: Quarterback

Key returnees: B.J. Daniels (53.7 percent passing, 1,983 yards, 14 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions; 772 yards rushing and nine rushing scores); Evan Landi (five passing attempts, one touchdowns).

Key departures: None

The skinny: Daniels is one of the most promising and talented player in the Big East. The problem is, he'll be limited this spring because of offseason shoulder surgery. That means Landi, who was supposed to be moved to wide receiver, may have to spend some time at quarterback, because the Bulls don't have any other scholarship signalcallers. Depth is a major issue both this spring and going forward.