Holtz: We're using the bye week to reward production and effort
After dropping their last four games after a 2-0 start, Skip Holtz and the South Florida are looking to breath some new life into their depth chart for next weeks match up with Louisville.
During this bye week of practice, Holtz explained that they're giving some fresh faces an opportunity to compete for starting jobs.
Holtz noted that when you win there aren't a whole lot of guys that can argue about their playing time, but when you're not winning there are always players who feel like they can help the team, so this week has allowed the staff to evaluate all of that with scrimmage reps.
"We've graded every scrimmage rep that we've had this week. Seventy five plays a day, about 225 scrimmage reps we've had these last three days, we've graded every play and we've moved the depth chart accordingly."
"We're not going to reward talent, we're not going to reward experience, we're going to reward productivity and effort so the depth chart has bounced around an awful lot today." Holtz explained.
Holtz noted that once the season starts it's hard to get in quality evaluations during a practice because your preparing your ones and twos for game time, but the bye week has allowed them to do some evaluating .
"Once the season starts, it's hard to have tryouts because once the season starts you're rolling two teams and trying to get your ones ready and your twos ready to back up." Holtz said. "It's not really the time to say 'Okay, lets have open tryouts', but that has been refreshing this week to be able to get back to that.