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  1. Candidates: Derek Busciglio 1997-98 Lee Roy Selmon, Jr. 1999-2004 Siaosi Uhatafe 2006 Matt Aycox 2007 Demi Thompson 2013 Daniel Awoleke 2014-2016 Please go to the poll and vote for the best. Your comments on each player is invited. Could make some good offseason discussion at we prepare for our 21st season of football competition.
  2. 3 Jailed Players Kicked off Illinois Football Team by Coach Lovie Smith TYLER CONWAY MAY 24, 2017 BRADLEY LEEB/Associated Press Illinois football players Zarrian Holcombe, Darta Lee and Howard Watkins, who are jailed on armed robbery and home invasion charges, were all officially dismissed from the team Wednesday. Illini coach Lovie Smith announced the decision Wednesday, per Bret Beherns of WCIA3. All three players were arrested earlier this month on the felony counts. Police said one of the players knew the victim of the attempted robbery, who identified the player by voice. “Three individuals entered an apartment masked and the victim recognized one of them by voice,” Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer said, per Mary Schenk of the News-Gazette. “He pulled his mask off and tried to make light of the situation. One of them produced what we now know to be fake firearm and demanded cash.” Both armed robbery and home invasion are felonies in the state of Illinois, carrying up to 30 years in prison upon conviction. All three players would face a minimum of six years in prison for both charges. Lee played six games, including two starts, as an offensive lineman in 2016. Watkins is an offensive line recruit who was expected to play in his first season under Smith next season. Holcombe is a pass-catcher who played tight end and wide receiver last season. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2711647-3-jailed-players-kicked-off-illinois-football-team-by-coach-lovie-smith?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial
  3. American Athletic 2017 All-Conference Team USF is the projected top Group of 5 team from the 2017 Athlon Sports rankings, and the Bulls are loaded with talent for coach Charlie Strong’s debut. USF features 15 players on the 2017 American Athletic All-Conference team by Athlon Sports, which is the most of any team in the league. In addition to star quarterback Quinton Flowers, the Bulls have three first-team defenders. Memphis (13) falls just behind the Bulls, with Tulsa (11) and UCF (11) in the next tier. Read more at: https://athlonsports.com/college-football/american-athletic-2017-all-conference-team
  4. Candidates: Tavares Jurineack 2000-02 Allen Cray 2004-07 Craig Marshall 2008-10 Daniel Perry 2013-14 Kirk Livingstone 2016+ Please go to the poll and vote for the best. Your comments on each player is invited. Could make some good offseason discussion at we prepare for our 21st season of football competition.
  5. RUFF NAMED TO RIMINGTON WATCH LIST May 22, 2017 By USF Senior center started every game for record-setting USF offense in 2016 TAMPA, MAY 22, 2017 – USF senior center Cameron Ruff (Tampa, Fla.) has been named to the 2017 Rimington Trophy Watch List, which recognizes the top centers in college football. Ruff is the first Bull named to a national award watch list as USF prepares for a 2017 season that kicks off Sat., Aug. 26 at San Jose State. Eight Bulls were named to 13 national awards watch lists during the 2016 season. Ruff was among seven American Athletic Conference players named to the watch list. The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Ruff started all 13 games at center in 2016 an earned the team's Offensive Lineman of the Year award. He helped the USF offense set school records with 77 touchdowns, 47 rushing touchdowns (second in the FBS), 3,714 rushing yards and 6,650 yards of total offense, while ranking in the top 20 in the nation in sacks allowed (1.15). Behind Ruff and the Bulls offensive line, USF extend its nation-leading streak of 30-plus point games to 17 as Ruff helped pave the way for USF to finish the season ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense (285.3 ypg), fourth in scoring offense (43.8 ppg) and 11th in total offense (511.5 ypg). The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.9 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $130 million for the fight against the progressive, genetic disease. Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-American center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com - #GoBulls -
  6. I just read Joey Knight's TBT bulletin about college football magazines, and this quote from Athlon is just ridiculous: "The initial wave of college football preview magazines has crashed upon newsstands, spraying hype all over USF.But the adoration is accompanied by some snark. ..... Additionally, Athlon highlights this quote -- from an "opposing AAC assistant coach" -- about the Bulls: "They have real athletes in that program, and they can get them , but the school has to step up and look at UCF's level of commitment." This has got to be a joke. Rest of story: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bulls/preseason-magazines-praise-poke-usf/2324680
  7. Candidates: Casey Loesch 1999 Matt Groelinger 2001-04 George Selvie 2006-09 Todd Chandler 2012-14 Marlon Gonzalez 2016+ Please go to the poll and vote for the best. Your comments on each player is invited. Could make some good offseason discussion at we prepare for our 21st season of football competition.
  8. Candidates: Philip Ibisi 2001-02 Scott Wolf 2003 Woody George 2005-07 Sampson Genus 2008 Anthony Hill 2009-13 Garry Cadet 2016+ Please go to the poll and vote for the best. Your comments on each player is invited. Could make some good offseason discussion at we prepare for our 21st season of football competition.
  9. Candidates: John Brown............................................................2000 Tim Jones .........................................................2002-05 Julian Riley ............................................................2006 David Fonua ..........................................................2008 Tevin Mims .......................................................2012-13 Kevin Bronson ......................................................2015+ Please go to the poll and vote for the best. Your comments on each player is invited. Could make some good offseason discussion at we prepare for our 21st season of football competition.
  10. Candidates: Ron Johnson ................................................1999-2000 Antonio Searcy ......................................................2004 Shane McElwain ....................................................2006 Terrell McClain .................................................2007-09 Ryne Giddins ....................................................2011-13 Nicholas Munera ..................................................2016+ Please go to the poll and vote for the best. Your comments on each player is invited. Could make some good offseason discussion at we prepare for our 21st season of football competition.
  11. Candidates: Brett Avery ........................................................1997-98 Devin Sanderson ...................................................2000 Curtis Chance ........................................................2004 Aaron Harris .....................................................2006-09 Mike Love .............................................................2013+ Please go to the poll and vote for the best. Your comments on each player is invited. Could make some good offseason discussion at we prepare for our 21st season of football competition.
  12. Been traveling and working, sort of snuck up on me. Was happy to see the countdown in the right column:
  13. I recommend following @USFMall on twitter. I use that account to post USF items that are either new, unique, on sale, etc.
  14. It's summertime and the football season is eons away from the fans' perspective, but USF heads need to think about how to leverage the upcoming season. Let's look at what happened to Western Michigan. (1) They were one of the outside teams (non-p5) that received all kinds of press last season as their ranking rose. (2) They went to a good bowl and put up a decent effort -and had a good turnout with fan numbers. (3) They lost their head coach to a p5 with a bag of money. (4) They will be forgotten this upcoming season once they lose a game. "Who dat?" USF is going to have the opportunity to be last year's Western Michigan. Q: How are we going to leverage all the press into ticket sales and whatever else (maybe a p5 invite in the future)? Q: How will USF work with the AAC to leverage the press coverage? Q: How are we going to make the bowl turnout spectacular (to say that we belong in a p5)? Q: What is our contingency plan for when a p5 comes in and takes the head coach and everybody away? It's been since 2007 that USF football was ranked throughout the season. Well, it's going to happen again, unless we lay an egg. USF needs to leverage this opportunity!
  15. What do you all think? Proposed college football rule would let redshirting freshmen play in up to 4 games 5 This would be very interesting, if it were to pass. by Morgan Moriarty May 16, 2017, 3:21pm EDT TWEET SHARE PIN REC Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images Remember how up in arms we were about players skipping bowl games, most notably running backs Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey last December? Now, NFL teams proved that they didn’t care that either of these guy sat out during their bowl games, with Fournette going No. 4 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars and McCaffrey taken at eighth overall to the Carolina Panthers. But there’s a rule being proposed that could settle down the masses who call for star players to play in their teams’ final games of the season. According to Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel, a new rule is being proposed to the NCAA by the American Football Coaches Association that, if passed, would allow players to play in up to four games during a season without burning their redshirt year. So technically speaking, head coaches could save their four-star signees and beak them out just in time for bowl games, and the player could still redshirt that season. “I think that would be pretty intriguing to some of the fan bases,” said AFCA executive director Todd Berry, via Fox Sports. “Which might legitimize some of those bowl games and make them more interesting.” Following the AFCA’s board meetings last week in Phoenix, Berry said that while McCaffrey and Fournette made headlines, players shutting it down before a lower-tier bowl game is “not a new thing.” While those particular stars dealt with legitimate health issues last season, others in the past might develop a “magic injury” right before the bowl. If this new proposal gets passed, this could greatly help teams that have to burn a former blue-chip’s redshirt after a starter goes down with a season-ending injury. We saw this play out with Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson, with the former five-star recruit having to burn his redshirt last season after Chad Kelly went down with a torn ACL. Patterson ended up throwing for 880 yards and six touchdowns, along with a win over Texas A&M as the Rebels’ starter in the final three games of the year, but Kelly’s injury cost Patterson a season of eligibility. A season in which Ole Miss finished 5-7, mind you. As it stands, a player burns his redshirt the second he enters a game. He can only get it back if he suffers a season-ending injury before he plays in four games. West Virginia also had to use former three-star signee Martell Pettaway last season after Mountaineers running back Justin Crawford suffered an ankle injury in the second-to-last game of the season. “We really haven’t addressed the redshirt rule in quite some time,” WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said during last week’s Big 12 meetings, via Fox Sports. “We’re playing way more games than we used to — there used to be a 10-game season. They’re looking at it, and I would support it.” Holgorsen isn’t the only head coach to think the proposal is a good idea. During the SEC’s spring meeting teleconference, several head coaches were in favor of it. Here’s what a few had to say, as transcribed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Nick Saban, Alabama: “I absolutely would be in favor of that. One of the most difficult things for players is they can’t play at all when they’re freshmen to be able to gain a redshirt year. They all want to play. This would give them an opportunity to play some and would actually enhance their development to some degree. With the numbers we have right now and the number of games we’re playing, you might be able to play a few more players in some of those games. That would help other players on your team as well.” Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss: “I love the new proposal out there. I think it’s needed with everything that’s going on in college athletics. The season’s getting longer. The more physical play, the year-round the toll that’s on [players’] bodies. It’s a great option if you can play freshmen or a kid that’s going through a redshirt year in four games or less. I think it’s a very positive and needed change we need to make.” Mark Stoops, Kentucky: “I think that rule change would make a lot of sense. We were in that situation last year when we had a quarterback hurt early in the year, Drew Barker. We played most of the year with our backup quarterback being a redshirt guy. We decided to keep that redshirt on Gunnar Hoak in Game 11. Played our third-team quarterback, who did some good things. But it was a situation that could’ve benefited us a year ago. It can protect the player in a redshirt year, it can help gain experience for the following year.” This rule would also do away with the need for applying for medical redshirts, which the NCAA now approves for players who apply after they lose a season(s) due to injury. Currently, a player can receive a medical redshirt if he's competed in fewer than 30 percent of the games in a season or three games, whichever is greater. These medical redshirts in the past have given players up to seven years of eligibility. As far as the timeline for this goes, the newly formed Division I Football Competition Committee will talk about the proposal during the upcoming May 16 meeting. If everyone is in agreement, then the proposal gets forwarded to Division I’s Football Oversight Committee, chaired by Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. That committee could then formally sponsor legislation so it can be considered by the Division I Council. If that happens, there’s a chance it could go up for vote during January’s NCAA convention. We’ll see what the future holds for this proposal. From the early sounds of it, this thing could have a good chance of picking up some steam in the upcoming months.
  16. My oldest son was cleaning his room and found an unworn autographed t-shirt from early 2000s featuring autographs of Marquel Blackwell, Kevin Patullo, Casey Cobb, Anthony Williams, Jimmy Fitts and Joe Morgan. Must have been from our Tampa days at a fan fest-like event. Shirt was too big for him then, and he finds it 15+ years later. Too small now. Lol.
  17. I knew we were playing San Jose this year, that was never a question. But I'm laying in bed with vision of Bulls wins dancing through my head and all of the sudden I'm thinking, wait, what? why? Why San Jose? Doesn't it seem odd to anyone that 1) we are playing San Jose 2) that we are playing @ San Jose 3) that we are playing @ San Jose in Aug? I know all the NCAA trying to expand its football foothold stories, but why are WE, as in why is USF, having to go cross country to play San Jose of all teams? I can understand Cal or UCLA or even Washington, that would be of interest to some folks nationally but USF v San Jose? Seriously, thats where the NCAA shoots its bullet? It seems something else is going on. I see that its a home and home but jesus, were we that desperate? Its probably just a weird fluke, or its only weird to me but it just feels odd. Almost like a trap game but without the pretense of the trap. IDK, just mouthing off.
  18. From my Saturday morning reading: Kofi Amichia had a feeling he'd end up in Green Bay http://www.packers.com Excerpt: “I expected them to call me, but I didn’t expect it to be this soon,” Amichia said moments after the Packers drafted him in the sixth round, with pick No. 212 overall on Saturday. A two-year starter at left tackle for South Florida, Amichia projects as a guard in the NFL. Most of his pre-draft workouts focused on guard, as did his one in Green Bay. That workout went well enough that Amichia figured the Packers would consider him as an undrafted free agent at a minimum. The unexpected change of plans was welcome." Read more: http://www.packers.com/news-and-events/article-draft/article-1/Kofi-Amichia-had-a-feeling-hed-end-up-in-Green-Bay/2279e903-7235-479b-8a1a-c2b5925319e2#ixzz4gJpqnO6z
  19. Smart captures elusive state title Chauncy Smart ran 10.56 seconds to win the 100 with the fastest time in the event in any classification on Saturday at the 2017 FHSAA State Track and Field Meet at IMG Academy in Bradenton. By Roy Fuoco BRADENTON — When the public address announcer introduced the runners in the Class 3A boys 100-meter race, he highlighted the exploits of Miami Norland sophomore Tyrese Cooper. Auburndale senior Chauncy Smart, however, wasn’t paying attention. He was focusing on his preparations. The announcer finally got around to saying don’t forget about Smart, and Smart made sure everyone remembered him. For this day, Smart is the fastest high school runner in Florida. Smart ran 10.56 seconds to win the 100 with the fastest time in the event in any classification on Saturday at the 2017 FHSAA State Track and Field Meet at IMG Academy in Bradenton. The spotlight on Polk athletes, however, isn’t just shining on Smart. The honors of being the top individual winner from the county belongs to Lakeland Christian freshman Britain Musick, who won the 100 and 300 hurdles in the 1A girls competition. Polk finished the meet with three state championships in four events as Mulberry’s Arian Smith won the long jump on Friday. Smart had tunnel-visioned focus on winning the 100 after last year’s close loss that dropped him to second. It’s why at the last minute at regionals, he opted to drop the 200 so he could focus on the 100. Smart’s work the past year paid off on Saturday. “This means a lot,” he said. “This is my last year, and I wanted to end by 2017 track season with a gold state medal.” Smart finished second to Cooper in their preliminary heat on Friday, and Smart’s time was third overall. Cooper is a sophomore and one of the rising sprinters in the state, which the announcer was making note of during introductions. Smart wasn’t paying attention. “I was just focusing on what I had to do,” Smart said. “I just knew I had to get out and maintain. That was my main focus.” Smart got out strong and and had a slight lead during the race that he maintained to the end. When he crossed the finish line, he looked around to make sure he had won. “I came in and I was hungry,” he said. “I’ve been training hard ever since I lost last year.” Smart has been invited to two postseason meets so far, one in Seattle and one in New Mexico. http://www.theledger.com/sports/20170506/smart-captures-elusive-state-title-musick-wins-2-golds CHAUNCY SMART February 21, 2017 By USF Rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals… a sprinter who originally signed to run track at Florida State in the 2016 early signing period…also had offers from Florida and Iowa for track and West Virginia, Michigan State, UCF, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan and several others for football…was ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 3 in the nation at 100 meters for the class of 2017…has a 40-inch vertical and timed at 4.37 in the 40, both among the best in the 2017 football signing class nationally. HIGH SCHOOL: Played football and ran track for his first three years of high school, before focusing solely on track in his fourth year…was one of the top 100-meter runners in the state, winning county, district and regional titles…finished second in the 100 meters in the 2016 FHSAA 3A State Championship meet, 0.01 behind the winner, and was fifth in 2015…posted times of 6.43 in the 55 meters, 10.3 in the 100 and 21.89 in the 200…finished third in the 100 meters at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, a national meet…played at running back and cornerback in high school…earned the highest rating (121.5) at the 2016 Nike+ Football Rating Day.
  20. @JoeSerp - Could any QB challenge Flowers for AAC POY? UDD: Yes, don’t give Flowers the award just yet, as he has plenty of problems to solve before the season begins. Flowers doesn’t have to endure the AAC West this year, and plays a somewhat favorable schedule, but there is still a ton of talent that could challenge him. The list of people include: Memphis QB Riley Ferguson, Memphis WR Anthony Miller, Houston DT Ed Oliver, Houston QB Kyle Allen, Tulsa RB D’Angelo Brewer, SMU QB Ben Hicks, SMU WR Courtland Sutton, and whoever may play quarterback for Navy (just ask Will Worth). AAC Mailbag: Power 6 Edition
  21. USF Football television show goes all-access with a new coaching staff as the Bulls build on an 11-2 season WATCH #BAYMADE EPISODES TAMPA, MAY 4, 2017 – Bulls fans can get an all-access look at head coach Charlie Strong, a new USF coaching staff the Bulls' spring football preparations when #BAYMADE: Inside USF Football Spring Special debuts on FOX Sports Sun (CH 31 & 1148 on Bright House; CH 76 & 576 on Verizon FiOS), Thursday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. The USF Football television show features a fast-paced inside look at the Bulls program as USF prepares to build on last year's 11-2 campaign. #BAYMADE: Inside USF Football Spring Special will air nine times throughout the month of May on FOX Sports Sun (which is also available on DirecTV (653 & 656) and Dish Network (422 & 372)). Check local listings for show times. The 30-minute program – produced by the Emmy Award winning production team Awesome Films –takes fans up-close inside the USF program with NFL Films style camera work, sound and unprecedented access to practice, locker room, game day and daily life. Compelling video, narration and sound from the Bulls themselves will give viewers a taste of what it is like to be in the huddle and on the field with the Bulls. Every episode is also posted to www.GoUSFBulls.com and to the USF Athletics Youtube channel. USF finished the 2016 season ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press poll with a school record 11 wins following the program's fifth-ever bowl victory in the Birmingham Bowl. The Bulls' 11-2 record marked the fifth-best winning percentage in FBS football in 2016 and one of just 11 teams to reach 11 wins. USF set nearly 40 team and individual records in 2016, including team records for total yards (6,650), rushing yards (3,714), touchdowns (77) and scoring (569). Junior quarterback Quinton Flowers was named the American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and led a school-record 10 players named to the all-conference team, six of which, including Flowers, will return in 2017. Follow @USFFootball on twitter for all the latest information concerning the USF Football program. Link