USF Bulls kickoff camp and pressure-filled season

11:17 AM, Aug 6, 2012   |    comments
South Florida Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels (7) Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
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Vero Beach, Florida -- Skip Holtz is making it known an escape to Vero Beach won't be a vacation for a team that finished 5-7 last season and missed out on a bowl game.

But come Wednesday the University of South Florida will pick up their football training camp and head down south for a team building experience according to the third year head coach.

Holtz realizes this season could be a make a break year for him if the Bulls don't put together a successful year.

"You're only as good as your last game, I mean you look at the way we finished the second half of the season last year we can talk about it, and we can make a lot of improvements but we can't do anything about until we step on to the field September 1."

The Bulls season could all ride on the arm and legs of senior quarterback B.J. Daniels, who accounted for 3,100 yards of offense last season. Daniels also knows with eight returning starters on offense, they'll need more than just a one man effort in order to move to the top of the Big East.

"The players and atmosphere around us right now, we are coming together as a unit, we just feel like everybody is just buying into the system right now," said Daniels.

When they checked into camp this morning, one question in particular has lingered over from the spring. The Bulls are still trying to determine who will be their backup quarterback.

"You have two guys in Matt Floyd and Bobby Eveld both had good springs, but I don't think either one had the type of Spring that makes them ready to take over that position," said Holtz.

Many more answers will come out the training camp that kicks off Monday in helmets and shorts, before USF opens up the season September 1, at home against Chattanooga.

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