USF receiver Faron Hornes, who has been trying to move up the depth chart, may have helped himself Saturday when the caught the longest pass of the day in the Bulls first scrimmage of fall practice at the Vero Beach Sports Village.
The former Southeast High standout hauled in a 58-yard pass from freshman Jamius Gunsby that set up a four yard touchdown run by Bradley Battles. That turned out to be the only TD for the Bulls in about a 150 play scrimmage. But Gunsby looked impressive connecting on 12 of 17 passes for 168 yards while starter B.J. Daniels struggled and was 7 for 22 for 70 yards.
Hornes drew praise from USF head coach Skip Holtz, who is expected to come up with a new depth chart before the end of the weekend, probably Sunday night. It appears the senior will be among the two deep.
“That was a great play by Faron Hornes. The ball was thrown up there like a punt and he kept running and caught it,” Holtz said. “I think we will be fine in the secondary. There is some talent back there and we just have to keep working. B.J. is going through some growing pains and didn’t have a great throwing day.”
The defense controlled the day and got a big jump start from Palmetto High graduate and senior defensive back Mistral Raymond, who picked off a pass on the first series of the scrimmage. Redshirt freshmen JaQuez Jenkins and Reshard Cliett also had interceptions.