The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly vs Western Carolina
<p>The Good: </p> <p>Freshman RB Marlon Mack running for a record 275 yards and 4 TDs</p> <p>Special Teams as a whole, but kicker Marvin Kloss going 3-3 in FG attempts</p> <p>Defense giving up only 2.5 yards per carry</p> <p> </p> <p>The Bad:</p> <p>Offense only mustering 13 first downs</p> <p>Defense giving up over 350 yards in the air</p> <p>Defense giving up 44 completions</p> <p>WCU controlling the clock over two to one in minutes</p> <p> </p> <p>The Ugly:</p> <p>Defensive Coaches not making any adjustments vs the WCU Passing attack</p> <p>USF QB Mike White's 9-26 performance</p> <p>WCU not bringing any cheerleaders on the road</p> <p>Giving up 31 points to the Catamounts</p> <p> </p> <p>Notes:</p> <p>Pretty light crowd to see the Bulls first game of 2014. There was a weather delay at the start of the game that lasted about 45 minutes. The Bulls came out in new bright Gold helmets. They were so bright, it hurt my eyes at times with the reflection from the lights. It was good to see a victory from USF...its been a while, but judging from how they struggled against WCU it could be a very long year. Standout WR Andre Davis made a nice diving catch in the first half and hurt his shoulder, and never returned. He's easily our biggest playmaker and the loss of him could be huge. Haven't heard anything on his progress. Without the superb play of unheralded Freshman RB Marlon Mack, the Bulls would be staring at 0-1. Maryland comes next. We have a big tailgate party this week, so we'll be ready for the Terps! You heard me Jack Boettcher!</p> <p> </p> <p>Go Bulls, Beat Terps! </p> <p> </p>
Bulls on Parade!
<p>Thank God the 2013 season is behind us. USF had one of the worst seasons in team history. Always a contender in the Jim Leavitt era, the Bulls took a tumble in recent years thanks to Skip Holtz. He left the cupboard bare for new Head Coach Willie Taggart in 2013. It was a new low as the team lost to McNeese State. Actually a normal loss would have hurt, but the beatdown they took on opening night resembled the first Clubber Lang/Rocky Balboa bout. The only thing missing was their QB proclaiming, "you want to be with a real man Adrian". It didn't get much better as the season progressed. Somehow they managed to win a couple games without scoring an offensive touchdown. Yep, thats thanks to the mighty AAC opponents and lack of talent as a whole for the conference. And with that being said, here's the skinny on 2014.</p> <p>The Offense: After a fierce battle, Mike White was named the starting QB over former Penn State waterboy Steven Bench. White is a Sophomore who had some flashes last year, but not enough to put the Bulls over .500 for the year. Hopefully he's learned a bit in the offseason. Rumor is he put on some weight which should help him considering he sported the lean Caldwell Jones circa 1982 look he had last year. Besides having no running game to speak of and a mediocre Offensive line at best, USF will need to be creative to get the ball to their playmaking Wide Receivers. Andre Davis will become the All time leader in receptions and yardage at some point this season. With Andre getting most of the attention from mediocre defenses Florida transfer Chris Dunkley could be the next in line (as long as Dunkley doesn't get arrested again for hitting his girlfriend).</p> <p>The Defense: Truth be told, as much as the offense scares me...the defense could be worse. The Bulls lost alot of their impact players from a year ago, most of which were in the front 7. Gone is Tevin Mims, Aaron Lynch, Ryne Giddens, and DeDe Lattimore. Not sure who will replace the boys up front, but look for Tashon Whitehurst and Richard Cliett to plug up the middle. The back four will be new as well, and that might be an upgrade from what I've seen over the past few seasons. Hard to tell how they will play, but having the guys up front pressure the QB will be a must for them to keep people out of the endzone.</p> <p>Special Teams: Probably the best part of the Bulls team. Kicker Marvin Kloss had a tremendous season last year and was a finalist for the Judd Davis, er Lou Groza Award. So if a game comes down to the wire the Bulls do have a shot of stealing it. </p> <p>The outlook: It doesn't look like it will be a stellar year. If things go well 6-6 should be manageable and a trip to the illustrious Beefs Bowl could be waiting across the Howard Frankland Bridge. If the offense struggles another 3-9 season could be looming. If that happens Coach Willie and his hand jive could be leaving Hillsborough County for good. We should know relatively soon how good the Bulls are when new Big 10 team Maryland stops by in Week 2. Also an early season game versus the anemic NC State Wolfpack should be a good test for the Bulls. A trip to Madison will be an ugly one for the Green and Gold in late September. Aside from the generic AAC slate, the Bulls do get to host the Tinmen from down the road in Mousetown. A win in this game could be the difference between a mediocre season and a bad one. </p> <p>Either way, I'll be seeing all of the action live from Section 127 starting a little over a week from now versus Western Carolina. Hopefully they can start with a win and go from there. If not it could be 2013 all over again. </p> <p>Cue the music....Bulls on Parade!</p>
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