The South Florida Bulls conducted their first practice on international turf Tuesday, working out for two hours underneath a bubble covering a large portion of the University of Toronto's Varsity Centre Stadium.
With temperatures hovering near single-digits, the bubble provided a nice escape from the frigid air.
After practice, the Bulls had the rest of the day off for bowl festivities. Many members of the USF and Northern Illinois traveling parties visited the Casa Loma Castle, former home of Sir Henry Pellatt, a Toronto financier, industrialist and military man in the early 1900s.
Daniels stays steady
Compared to the on-the-job training freshman QB B.J. Daniels received during the regular season, the three weeks of practices leading up to Saturday's International Bowl are a nice change of pace.
"We're staying with our same play, doing the same things we've been doing," Daniels said. "I've had more time to focus on what I've done this season and try to get better as a whole."
Daniels started the final nine games of the season after senior starter Matt Grothe suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game.
Daniels wants to finish strong, like he started when he led USF to an upset victory at Florida State in September.
"This is more important right now than anything else," Daniels said. "If we come out with a win in this one, I can say my season was all right."
Once the game ends Saturday, Daniels plans to turn his attention to basketball and join the team as a reserve guard.
"I don't know when I'll be on the court, but I know I'll be out there working with them right after the bowl game," he said.
The hot sports story in Toronto on Tuesday was the Maple Leafs changing up their lines. Yep, you could say the Bulls learned about Canada on their first full day north of the border.
Other than a local news photographer shooting USF's first practice at the University of Toronto, there was little media presence. That should change today according to USF sports information director Chris Freet, who said multiple reporters had called to set up player interviews during today's practice at the Rogers Centre.
Senior defensive starters George Selvie, Nate Allen and Jerome Murphy accepted invitations Tuesday to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30 in Mobile, Ala. ... USF is scheduled to practice from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today, getting their first glimpse of the Rogers Centre, site of Saturday's game.