It was a hot morning at the Morsani Football Complex Tuesday as the USF Bulls continued their first week of camp. Competitions were a plenty, especially at the linebacker position. One particular player who’s coming back from an ACL injury he suffered last season when the Bulls played in-state rival UCF, is senior linebacker Hans Louis. Louis says he feels 100% and is shocked that in just seven short months, he’s back on the playing field competing for a starting spot in a crowded linebacker depth chart.
“I feel pretty good. I did a lot of rehab. The trainers did a good job of helping me rehab.” Louis said after practice Tuesday. “It’s been seven months so it’s pretty impressive that I’m out here.”
Louis, primarily a stand out on special teams last season, is in competition with quite a few others in camp to get playing time on defense in the upcoming 2014 season. Linebackers coach, Raymond Woodie, likes what he’s seen from Louis.
“I think he’s really gonna be a contributor this year,” Woodie said. “A lot of people counted him out but he’s a hard, hard, blue-collar-type worker. He’s rehabbing, doing the right things and you can see it on the field.”
Auggie Sanchez was another interesting story heading into camp. In the spring, he was transitioned from fullback to linebacker and seems to be catching on very quickly.
“For him to come in and make a transition from offense to defense and in fifteen days during the spring come out as a starting mic linebacker is saying a lot.” Coach Woodie said of the Sanchez.
“Going into the spring it was my first time being back on defense,” Sanchez said. “I’m just learning the system and I’m just getting put into the system. Over the summer I was still learning and now I’ve hit the ground running.”
Sanchez and Louis are just two of the exciting stories this season during the USF Bulls training camp. After a 2-win season in 2013, there are a lot of expectations to improve and quite possibly get back to a bowl game. For these two, young linebackers, the sky is the limit and they hope to both be a part of a resurgent football team in South Florida in 2014.