Austin Reiter, the former standout offensive lineman from Lakewood Ranch, appears to have a good future ahead of him at USF. It’s just that he might have to show little patience for awhile.
Lakewood Ranch head football coach Shawn Trent said the USF coaches told him the 6-4, 250 pound Reiter was now the third string center. It’s not so bad for the true freshman, who might sit out this season as redshirt.
The two guys ahead of him are talented, but also in the latter stages of their college careers. Sampson Genus, a 6-1, 315 pound senior, is the starter and a pre-season All Big East Conference selection in several publications.
The backup center is 6-1, 308 pound junior Kevin McCaskill, who has appeared in 10 career games with one start after taking a redshirt season in 2007. He started the last regular season game last year against Connecticut when Sampson was injured.
“I don’t know if USF will redshirt him this season, but I would assume they would try to do that,” Trent said. “They were thinking after spring ball that he could eventually be a three year starter. He was great for us. We even put him on the defensive line for about 15 plays a game and he dominated.”