Redshirt freshman Kenneth Durden has been practicing with the first-team South Florida Bulls defense, reports Greg Auman. The Bulls gave up 456 yards through the air in a 40-9 loss to the Miami Hurricanes.
Head coach Skip Holtz says mixing things up is just part of the process:
"Just as we did the quarterbacks a week ago, when we've got a couple of people competing for a position, we roll them out there and let them compete every day. It's not fair to have one go all the time with the 1s and the other with the 2s, so we mix it up. This is an evolving process, especially with some of the young guys right now. As a football team, we're trying to continue to get better."
George Baker and Kayvon Webster are USF's current starting corners, and both are seniors. Durden knows that impressing this year would go a long way towards securing his position next spring:
"I'm just trying to prepare for the future, trying to get ready for next year. I'm excited and ready to do what I've got to do."
Durden is a graduate of Lowndes High School, where he was an all-state and all-region star, racking up 40 tackles, three interceptions and 15 passes broken up in his senior season. He was a three-star CB prospect, ranked 74th at the position by Rivals.
Sophomore walk-on safety Tre Griffin has also been getting more opportunities in practice. The Bulls are 64th in the nation on defense, allowing an average of 27.5 points and 263.4 points per game.