Tampa, Fla. -- B.J. Daniels arrived at USF as the most heralded recruit in program history.
Daniels won't rewrite the Bulls' career records, but he hopes his lasting legacy is turning around a disappointing 5-7 season in 2011 that included just one Big East victory.
"(The offseason) has been a grind, a real serious grind," Daniels said. "We left last season with a bit of a sour taste in our mouth."
USF started spring football this week. Senior linebacker Sam Barrington noticed a big difference in practice.
"This is probably the best first day we've had," Barrington said. "High energy, guys looked like they knew what they were doing."
Barrington and his fellow defenders are working with new defensive coordinator Chris Cosh. Instead of learning Cosh's defense, head coach Skip Holtz asked Cosh to learn what the Bulls' want to do since he was the only major change on the defensive coaching staff.
Cosh welcomed the idea.
"I don't want to have 50 guys have to learn an entire new defense," Holtz said. "Little bit of an adjustment and a change for Chris, but Chris is on board."
That's what USF needs to fix the mistakes that caused them to lose 7 of the final 8 games.
These 15 April practices need to serve as a springboard.
"Working on turnovers, working on ball security, penalties," Daniels said. "Just mistakes that can be corrected."
Travis Bell, 10 News