Friday, March 4, 2011
The USF football team began spring practice this week with a lot of questions needing to be answered.
Near the top of the list is receiver A.J. Love, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA after tearing his ACL in last year’s spring game.
The former Southeast High pass catcher figured to be one of USF’s top receivers last year and had people calling him a possible Big East first team selection.
It never happened but Love is back and coach Skip Holtz is hoping for big things from the 6-2, 205 pounder, particularly in the leadership department.
Love, who is a cousin of Southeast great Peter Warrick, will turn 24 before next season ends and Holtz is hoping that maturity will bring the kind of leadership he got last season from Mistral Raymond, the defensive back from Palmetto.
In 2009, Love tied for the team lead with four touchdown receptions and came on strong at the end of season the season. A big play receiver in high school his 18.8 yards per catch average in his junior year is the third highest in school history.