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  1. BULL IN THE SPOTLIGHT: TIMMY MCCLAIN October 01, 2021 By Joey Johnston He throws darts, tight spirals that are catchable and almost always on target. He doesn't run, he glides. It seems almost effortless. He makes defenders look like they are in quicksand. Then he shifts into full-burst mode, especially if the first-down marker is within sight. USF true freshman quarterback Timmy McClain, approaching the fifth game of his college career, will start for the third consecutive week Saturday afternoon when the Bulls (1-3) travel to face the SMU Mustangs (4-0) in Dallas. It's tempting to take that small sample size and get carried away with hyperbole, assigning superhuman qualities to the kid who already has provided so much real-time hope — and so much excitement for the future. But when you talk to people who know him best — his parents, his little-league and high-school coaches, his longtime teammates — it becomes apparent that McClain's debut has been nothing new. "The Timmy you're seeing now is the same Timmy at age 10,'' said former NFL linebacker Anthony Fieldings, who coached McClain with the Apopka Raptors, a youth-league powerhouse. "USF folks need to buckle up and enjoy this ride. He does things that are uncommon.'' Exasperated BYU coach Kalani Sitake found that out last Saturday, when McClain engineered three long second-half touchdown drives, making the No. 15-ranked Cougars sweat, before the Bulls finally fell short, 35-27. But the point — and points — had been made. Even in the noisy din of LaVell Edwards Stadium, even when facing a fourth-and-goal while driving into the hyperactive student section and the BYU marching band, McClain was not bothered. Like always, he was there to do a job. "I can't believe he's a young freshman,'' Sitake said afterward. "He can... Rest of Story
  2. BULLS' DEFENSE ENTERS SATURDAY "HUNGRY" September 15, 2021 By Joey Johnston If you're looking for omens, USF's defense surrendered 666 yards in last Saturday's 42-20 defeat against the Florida Gators. But for USF's defense, here's the only number that matters — 0-2. That's the Bulls' record heading into Saturday night's game against the Florida A&M Rattlers (1-1) at Raymond James Stadium. "I don't feel like we're disappointed, I feel like we're hungry,'' Bulls defensive lineman Rashawn Yates said. "We want to win — desperately. Everybody wants to win and keep moving. We're tired of losing.'' That echoes the sentiment of USF defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. "We need some success and we need for it to show on the scoreboard,'' Spencer said. "At the end of the day, it's all about that. We've got to find a way to win a game — period. That's the goal, to be 1-0 — period. We've corrected the mistakes and now we need the results.'' Even with the grim numbers, there were positives to build on against the formidable Gators. In the fourth quarter, USF mounted a goal-line stand and turned back UF on a fourth-and-1 from the Bulls' 1-yard line. Jayden Curry broke up an end-zone pass. Demaurez Bellamy dragged down UF's Malik Davis short of the goal line. On fourth down, Daquan Evans broke up an end-zone pass thrown by Emory Jones. On USF's first play from the 1-yard line following the stand, Bulls' quarterback Timmy McClain found Xavier Weaver on a 44-yard bomb, lifting USF out of field-position danger. "It was one of the few bright spots we had,'' Spencer said. "We had the right mindset there. What I liked most about it was we were in the moment. It wasn't what we did in the first half. It was all about... Rest of Story
  3. SCOTT DISCUSSES FORTIN AND BULLS QUARTERBACKS AS BULLS PREP FOR NC STATE August 24, 2021 By Joey Johnston USF coach Jeff Scott has named sophomore Cade Fortin as the starting quarterback for the Sept. 2 opener at NC State, but the big-picture expectation is to have that continuity from week to week. "That's the best-case scenario, absolutely,'' Scott said Tuesday. "I told Cade there are no lifetime contracts in any profession or any position on our team. But we're going into this expecting him to be our starter and lead us through the season. We'll respond and react appropriately if we need to. "It's hard to find a successful team that doesn't have an established No. 1 quarterback. Through the spring, summer and fall, our goal was to find our starter, then let the team rally behind him. The guys we have behind Cade are talented and … I feel we can have success with them. But Cade is the established leader of that group.'' Scott said he didn't consider Fortin's ascension as a surprise. He was happy how the team reacted to the news. "We probably could've made the announcement last week, but we wanted to get through the (final) scrimmage and fall camp,'' Scott said. "It was what I hoped it would be. The goal was to have the team know who the starter was before we announced it.'' Fortin, who was considered the front-runner coming out of spring drills, said ... Rest of Story
  4. HEALTHY AND AT HOME, FELIX LOOKS TO SHOW THE TALENT THAT MADE HIM A COVETED BACK August 25, 2021 By Joey Johnston There's no mystery about what junior running back Darrian Felix can accomplish for the USF Bulls. "I run away from people,'' Felix said. "No question, he can take it to the house,'' Bulls running backs coach Cam Aiken said. But after three mostly unfulfilling seasons at Oregon, what Felix wanted most was to come home. He needed to be closer to his nearly 2-year-old daughter Dailyn Nicole, who lives with her mother in Fort Myers. He'll truly be a happy man if he can avoid the injuries that limited him to just three games after transferring to USF in 2020, while seeing his daughter regularly, "I really feel like if I can stay healthy, I'll have it all,'' said Felix, 5-foot-11 and hovering near 200 pounds (about 18 more than he carried last season). "So far, so good. I don't feel like the people at USF have seen the real me yet. I can't wait to show them.'' Felix, who said he had "two holes in both hamstrings'' last season, only carried 10 times for 25 yards on the year, while making three catches for 14 yards (all receptions were in the season finale against UCF). In his final Oregon season (2019), he had 34 carries for 197 yards and two touchdowns, including a 62-yard run against Nevada. With the Ducks, Felix also was haunted by injuries, which caused him to miss most of the 2018 season. But with his performance during USF's spring and fall camps, Felix said he has never felt more prepared for a season. "Even without the ball, Darrian can impact the game with his pass protections, his blocking, carrying out fakes, being an outlet and just generally playing fast,'' Aiken said. "He's doing all of that. He's doing it the right way. "Last season ... Rest of Story
  5. DEFENSE COMES OUT STRONG IN FIRST CAMP SCRIMMAGE August 13, 2021 By Joey Johnston USF football coach Jeff Scott had a frank assessment following his team's first fall scrimmage on Friday morning. "We have plenty of work to do,'' Scott said. Beyond the eight penalties (three pass interference) and assorted missed opportunities, though, Scott found bright spots on both sides of the ball. As is typical of first scrimmages, the defense was a bit ahead on Friday and excelled through most of the scrimmage, holding the offense without a touchdown on 12 of 14 possessions, getting interceptions from a trio of freshmen (Jaelen Stokes, Christopher Townsel and Jalen Herring), while collecting five sacks and three more tackles for a loss. The offensive highlight during the regular possessions was a beautifully thrown 50-yard rainbow touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Katravis Marsh to freshman wide receiver Garret Reynolds (three catches for 97 yards overall). Also, sophomore quarterback Jarren Williams capped a scoring drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. Defensively, the biggest splash play was made by defensive tackle Thad Mangum, who broke through the line and dropped receiver Latrell Williams for an 8-yard loss on a reverse play. Defensive tackle Blake Green and linebacker Andrew Mims had impactful tackles for a loss, defensive back Vincent Davis collected a sack on a blitz and defensive end Jason Vaughn made a stop for no gain on fourth-and-1. During the two-minute drill — one time out, ball on the 30-yard line, needing a field goal to win — the offense came through each time. Sophomore quarterback Cade Fortin went 7-for-10 for 57 yards on his drive, including a 13-yard pass to Ole Miss transfer Demarcus Gregory on fourth-and-9, and produced a 29-yard field goal by Jared Sackett. Freshman quarterback Timmy McClain went 4-for-6 for 57 yards on his drive, including a 35-yard pass to Reynolds, setting up Spencer Shrader for a 25-yard field goal. During goal-line work (starting with first-and-goal from the 9), Colorado transfer running back Jaren Mangham scored twice, on a 3-yard run and a 9-yard pass reception. There were also touchdowns from freshman wide receiver Jimmy Horn (on a 6-yard pass from McClain, his high-school teammate), quarterback Marsh (on a 3-yard run) and defensive end Rashawn Yates (inserted as a fullback, then deftly snagging a 9-yard pass from Fortin). "There were lessons to learn on both sides,'' Scott said. "The defense came out with more juice and was really taking it to the offense. Coach (Glenn) Spencer and his guys came up with some good wrinkles. It was good to see that kind of determination. Offensively, it's not always going to be perfect. Sometimes, you've got to keep showing up. South Florida football is 60 minutes — not 40, not 35 — and they were able to convert on those game-winning field-goal situations. "As a head coach, what you want to see is people come back and overcome mistakes made earlier in the scrimmage. The offense responded. The defense got off to a good early start and the defensive line had a good day. That's exactly what it is — a good day. The goal is to stack a bunch of good days together.'' REST OF STORY
  6. SCOTT EXCITED ABOUT QUARTERBACK TALENT August 10, 2021 By Joey Johnston When it comes to quarterback competitions, the public always wants rapid-fire answers. Specifically: Who's the guy? USF football coach Jeff Scott wasn't ready to name a starter yet on Tuesday — Cade Fortin appears to be slightly leading the Bulls' four-QB derby — but he had reassuring words about the position's overall health. "I think we have multiple guys,'' Scott said following USF's sixth fall practice. "Deep down, when (offensive coordinator Charlie Weis) and I get in the room and shut the door, there are more than two guys we feel like we can win with this year. We did not feel that way last year. That gives us confidence. Now we need to figure out the (top) one or two guys. "We're not going to set any hard dates. As coaches, sometimes you look ahead to things you think might happen. We're just going to let it play out. I just want it (naming a starter) to be natural and happen when it's appropriate.'' Here are Scott's quick assessments: Rest of Story
  7. From gousfbulls.com USF's regularly-scheduled game for Saturday, March 6 at Tulane has been canceled and will not be made up. USF will now travel to Wichita State on Saturday after the Shockers' game with Temple, also scheduled for March 6, was cancelled due to a suspension of activities at Temple. The USF-Wichita State matchup is set for 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT and will air on ESPN+.
  8. Bulls' First 1,000-Yard Rusher McMillan Reaches Academic Goal Line By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, DEC. 10, 2020 – Dyral McMillan was proud to become the first player in USF football history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and he's elated about accomplishing another fantastic collegiate feat more than 20 years after his final snap as a Bull. McMillan, whose last course on campus was in 2000, linked back up this fall with USF Athletics' academic services unit and the university to take the online courses needed to cross his academic goal line. Sure enough, the former running back excelled in his pursuit of a USF degree and is projected to earn a diploma and participate in the university's virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday. "I'm on cloud nine right now," he said. "I just feel so proud and excited." Soon, the 43-year-old will be able to look back and tell his five children – now all adults – and the rest of his family how he was able to "push through" on the football field and in the classroom. "I was blessed with an opportunity to bounce back and blessed with an opportunity to do what I came to school to do from the beginning," he said. "That wasn't just to play football, but it was to earn my education." Rest of article
  9. CECIL NAMED TO RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCH LIST October 14, 2020 NEW YORK, OCT. 14, 2020 – USF junior Brad Cecil has been named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List, an award presented annually to the nation's premier center. Since its inception, the award has raised over $4.5 million for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. A native of Jacksonville, Cecil has started 24 games at center and anchored the USF offensive line since his arrival in 2018. He played an instrumental role in helping the USF offense rank 33rd in the NCAA in total offense in 2018, as the Bulls finished that season with an average of 437.7 yards per game en route to the program's fourth straight bowl appearance. The Bulls ran for 194.0 yards per game in 2018 and posted the fourth-most rushing yards in program season history (2,517) and the fifth-most rushing touchdowns (26). Cecil started all 12 games in 2019 and helped USF average 330 yards per game and feature four games with a 100-yard rusher. So far in 2020, Cecil has started in both games in which he has appeared. The Rimington Trophy Committee adjusted its procedures with consideration to the COVID-19 pandemic, choosing to hold its 2020 watch list until play began and a plan was implemented across all Division I conferences. This year, it accepted all nominations from eligible Division I programs with the goal of highlighting as many collegiate centers as possible and showing the outstanding commitment of the following students athletes. The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee. Because of COVID-19 and the ever-changing guidelines of in-person events, details of the annual presentation will be announced when confirmed. Four Bulls have been named to four 2020 national award watch lists. Senior punter Trent Schneider was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, commonly known as the "Academic Heisman," and is on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, presented to the nation's top punter. Senior cornerback KJ Sails (Wuerffel Trophy) and junior kicker Jared Sackett (Groza Award) are also on watch lists. Link
  10. FORMER USF GREATS RELIVE BULLS' EPIC UPSET WIN AT RANKED NOTRE DAME IN 2011 September 18, 2020 GAME 2 MATCHUP: USF (1-0) at No. 7/7 Notre Dame (1-0) DAY & TIME: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. LOCATION: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind. TV: USA Network RADIO: Over the Air: 1250 AM WHNZ & Digital: Bulls Unlimited SERIES: Bulls lead series, 1-0, after 23-20 win in South Bend in 2011 GAME NOTES: USF (PDF) | Notre Dame (PDF) By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, SEPT. 18, 2020 – From Tampa and all across the country, Bulls Nation will be tuned into USA Network on Saturday afternoon to watch a can't-miss battle between USF and the No. 7 Irish at Notre Dame Stadium. Throughout the broadcast, you can count on seeing at least one flashback to the programs' first-ever meeting on Sept. 3, 2011. On that electric and lightning-filled Saturday in South Bend, the Bulls seized the lead in historic fashion with Kayvon Webster's 96-yard fumble return that sent shock waves throughout the sold-out crowd of 80,795 early in the first quarter.. "We never considered it an opportunity to go in there and get an upset. We just looked it as mano a mano," said Sam Barrington, a star linebacker for the Bulls from 2009-12. "… We just knew we had a tremendous opportunity to go in there and get a 'W.'" USF kept flexing its muscles on the way to a 16-0 halftime lead and maintained its composure throughout two separate weather delays that combined for nearly three hours before putting the finishing touches on an epic 23-20 upset victory over then-No. 16 Notre Dame. Nine years later, Barrington, Webster and B.J. Daniels – all starters who played pivotal roles - vividly remember the 2011 season opener like it was yesterday. All three former Bulls greats took time out of their busy schedules this week to relive one of the most cherished games in still young USF's 24-season history – a storied win against a tradition-rich school that started football competition in 1887. "We were playing a team that had so much tradition and history with their program. For us, I'm older than our football team," said 30-year-old Daniels, a standout Bulls quarterback from 2009-12 who now is the head football coach at Lincoln High School, his alma mater in Tallahassee. "To go in there and face a powerhouse in their stadium in front of a packed crowd, to deal with adversity, with the weather, I really felt like that was a group of men that was really trying to be Bull strong and play for each other," Daniels added. Bulls Shine Early in Front of 'Touchdown Jesus' Before all the gloom and boom the weather presented, USF's defense shined brightly and stole the show throughout in an awe-inspiring first half in South Bend. In what many saw as a matchup of David vs. Goliath, college football giant Notre Dame marched 79 yards in just seven plays to reach inside the USF 1-yard line on the game's opening drive. The Bulls stood the tallest on third-and-goal, however, when 230-pound Irish back Jonas Gray rushed within and an arm's reach of the end zone and safety Jerrell Young swiped the ball out. Webster seized the moment, scooping up the fumble and sprinting 96 yards downfield – in front of a rowdy USF sideline - to the north end zone overlooked by Notre Dame's famous, 134-feet tall "Word of Life" mural. The iconic plays resonates to this day in the hearts and minds of Bulls fans. "As soon I saw the strip come out, I just grabbed it and I was like, 'Ain't nobody catching me, I gotta go,'" said the playmaking USF cornerback (2009-12). "I was able to score a touchdown in front of 'Touchdown Jesus' and in front of all the USF Bulls fans who were there." Webster soaked up the moment after his Deion Sanders-like dash through the very tall home-field grass. His play still stands as the longest defensive touchdowns ever in the Bulls' record books. Two Maikon Bonani first-quarter field goals extended the lead to 13-0 before more defensive magic happened again, this time inside the USF end zone. Early in the second quarter, Webster broke up a potential Notre Dame TD pass and linebacker DeDe Lattimore looked smooth bringing in the first of USF's three interceptions on a five-takeaway day (turned night) for the Bulls. "We just went and got after the quarterback, put that pressure on him and forced him to have to get the ball out early," said Barrington, who racked up nine tackles in the game. "It was an amazing outing." Cashing in on Notre Dame's third turnover, Bonani was money on another field goal attempt with 4:04 to play in the second quarter. Up 16-0, the Bulls confidently ran through the tunnel at halftime not knowing they'd have to "chill out for a little bit," according to Daniels. What Did You Do All That Time? Chilling required USF having to wait out a weather delay of 2 hours, 10 minutes during halftime.The length was kind of fitting because Irish officials said it was the first ever weather-related delay – home or away – for Notre Dame football, which is now in its 133rd season. Repeatedly hearing, "30 minutes!" until USF would retake the field, Barrington even fell asleep at one point in the locker room and woke up as someone alerted players with, "Now we're going out!" Daniels remembers riding a bike to keep his legs warm while USF's strength and sports medicine staffs kept players loose and fueled up. "It wound up being a game full of adversity," Barrington said. "Heck, it didn't even look like they cut the grass for a month. They needed some way to slow us down. It was the heartbeat of the Bulls that day that helped us come out victorious." Winning vibes kept going, and so did musical jams in the locker room, after play was halted again by lightning at 8:41 p.m. with 4:21 left in the fourth quarter. It's probably safe to say this Saturday's USF-Notre Dame meeting will be much shorter than the 2011 marathon that started airing nationally on NBC at 3:40 p.m. and ended on the Versus network at 9:39 p.m. "In the locker room, we just took our gear off and waited. We were just talking like, 'Man, we gotta bring this one home. Everybody is watching this. If you don't want to bring this home, ya'll need to walk out of the locker room right now,'" Webster said. "We went out of that locker room and we handled our business." Please Hold Although they had to handle being on hold for a long time twice, USF finished business in South Bend with what Daniels called "all-out effort." "The offense took care of the ball. The defense took the ball away, and that's the name of the game," said Daniels, who went 18-for-30 through the air and totaled a modest 165 combined passing/rushing yards but had zero turnovers. Neither did the Bulls as a whole, who fought hard for all of their 254 offensive yards against a formidable Notre Dame defense. Daniels did throw one TD pass and the play resembled the gritty performance of USF overall, especially around the goal line. Prior to the second severe weather delay, the Bulls were clinging to a nine-point advantage when Daniels led a 14-play, 80-yard drive that bled 5:02 off the clock from the end of the third quarter into the fourth. The dual-threat QB capped things off by faking a run, then pump faking, and then somehow finding tight end Evan Landi through a turned-around linebacker for a 2-yard TD connection deep in the Irish end zone. Daniels called it a "Tebow-esque" kind of play. "They were expecting me to run it in as a quarterback draw. We kind of sucked up the defense and hit a little dump pass to Evan," Daniels explained. "It was one of those very tight window kinds of throws with the defender's back turned. Evan located the ball and kind of tapped his knees and his feet in, right in the back of the end zone, right in front of the student section. That was awesome." So was how USF sealed the deal after the second delay. The scoreboard was stuck at USF 23, Notre Dame 13 with 4:21 left in the fourth quarter for 43 real-life minutes until the clock started again. By then, the defense showed it could instantly rev back up when early hero Jerrell Young intercepted a Tommy Rees pass on the first play after the delay. USF's fifth takeaway pretty much ensured the Bulls of a monumental victory because Notre Dame didn't get back into the end zone until only 21 seconds remained. A 'Beautiful' Ending, Honoring LRS Barrington called the sound of the final whistle "beautiful." "Even though we were ahead in the game, it was that relief, like, 'Hey, it's done and now we can put this in the history books,'" he said. "Not only did we come out and do a good job, USF is gonna always be remembered for this game. That was important. We did something for the history of this school." "The sky was red, purple and blue, and we came out with a win," said Daniels of the picture he saw in the sky during the weather-filled evening in South Bend. "Our fans there were ecstatic who stayed around for the game." It also was a bittersweet experience because a special person to the USF family wasn't there for Skip Holtz's grand return to Notre Dame. Legendary Lee Roy Selmon, who helped get the USF football program started, was originally supposed to be in South Bend. Unfortunately, Selmon was hospitalized the night before after suffering a stroke in his Tampa home. "His spirit that day was with USF and that was one of the reasons we actually went out and won," Barrington said. "That was very big." Sadly, USF's former athletic director and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' beloved Pro Football Hall of Famer died at the age of 56 the day after the Bulls' victory. "He was a major influence in my life. He was a man of his word. He was a man of integrity," Daniels said. "When I was a young freshman when he was on campus, he was one of the guys who really tried to make me feel at home, who really tried to make sure everybody was taken care of. I really enjoyed him." Sporting his glowing smile, Selmon would certainly have been proud of what USF accomplished against the 16th-ranked Irish back in 2011. He'd also be looking forward to the next huge opportunity that awaits new head coach Jeff Scott's Bulls. On Saturday, they'll seek the school's highest ranked road victory if lightning can strike twice - not any bolts from the sky, please - against the No. 7 Irish this time around in South Bend. "I think everybody who went to USF is ecstatic about this game coming up because we're 1-0 against a powerhouse team," Webster said. Daniels is a big fan of what the underdog Bulls are doing moving forward, regardless of if USF leaves Notre Dame Stadium with another massive victory or not. "I'm really pleased with the direction and the leadership of Jeff Scott and what he's doing for the program," he said. "It seems as though he's brought some sort of juice and energy to the city of Tampa and to these young men, and they're feeding off of it."
  11. August 21, 2020 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior WriterTAMPA, AUG. 24, 2020 – Tampa's own KJ Sails and Mike Hampton have huge plans for their final season with the Bulls after deciding to stay in the beloved Bay.Prior to taking their shot in the pros, USF's starting senior cornerbacks want to shut down opposing receivers and rack up takeaways at an elite level."This year is the year that we leave a legacy here," Sails said. "When I came here, that's we talked about – us being a duo."Bulls fans got their first taste of what the former Team Tampa members can do together in 2019.With their lock down skills combined, Sails and Hampton helped the Bulls lead the American Athletic Conference in pass defense (189. 5 ypg, 15th in FBS) and red zone defense (67.4 percent, fourth nationally).Sails had an impressive USF debut, finishing tops on the team with five takeaways, three interceptions and nine total passes defended in 12 starts. The North Carolina transfer also served as USF's primary punt returner and ended up earning All-AAC Second Team and Pro Football Focus College All-America Honorable Mention accolades."I'm just blessed to be here and happy to play in front of my friends and family," said Sails, who is nearing his undergraduate degree and bringing more attention to Bay talent this preseason as a Wuerffel Trophy watch list member. Continue reading...
  12. August 13, 2020 By TOM ZEBOLDUSF Senior WriterTAMPA, AUG. 13, 2020 – Music pumping through loudspeakers was complemented by the sweet sound of football pads popping loudly during USF's intense fifth practice of fall camp on Thursday.For the first time in 258 days, eager Bulls got to fly around the field in full pads, which head coach Jeff Scott called "the next step" of preparations for the 2020 season."Coach Scott was reminding us that we haven't been in full pads since November," said junior center Brad Cecil (Jacksonville, Fla.). "We were hyped about that. This whole week, we were waiting for this day right here."With spring ball called off after just one practice because of the pandemic, USF had to patiently wait to execute the staff's new schemes in a real game-like nature. A sunny Thursday in Tampa provided the Bulls with the perfect setting to start ramping up the physical level for what's ahead."It was hot, but we had to push ourselves, push our minds and keep on going," said junior linebacker Dwayne Boyles (Miami).Some rust was expected for a team that hadn't fired on full-padded football cylinders since the 2019 season finale.High motors were needed near the end of practice that featured plenty of toughness and some explosive plays on both sides of the ball during true, live down and distance situations. Two highlights were senior safety Brock Nichols' scoop-and-score on a fumble near midfield, and a touchdown sprint of 50-plus yards by freshman running back Brian Battie (Sarasota).Short-yardage situations - where Scott Continue Reading...
  13. TAMPA, MAY 19, 2020 – University of South Florida Athletics continued to see academic success reach ever-higher levels as a record 13 programs logged perfect single-year scores and the department posted an overall record 995 single-year score when the NCAA released its most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) data Wednesday. All 16 of the Bulls' evaluated programs logged a multi-year APR score of 959 or better, a baseline that rose 12 points over the last report, to well exceed the NCAA's minimum APR standard score of 930. Meanwhile, 13 programs posted a score of 975 or better. The NCAA's 2020 multi-year APR scores comprise data from the previous four academic years. "Our student-athletes and coaches' commitment to academic success, as well as our tremendous Academic Services staff and top-notch academic facilities – such as the Fishman Family Center – continue to deliver record-setting results in the classroom," Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly said. "I'm very proud of what we have accomplished and the student-athletes who continue to achieve their academic goals." Among the 13 programs to post perfect single-year APR scores for 2018-19 was men's basketball, which continues to see its academic success accelerate under head coach Brian Gregory, who completed his third season in 2019-20. Also earning perfect single-year scores were baseball, men's cross country, men's golf, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's cross country, women's golf, softball, women's soccer, women's tennis, women's track and field and volleyball. The Bulls saw nine teams post perfect single-year APR scores of 1,000 for the 2017-18 academic year, up from four teams to do so the year prior. Both the football program (979) and women's soccer program (997) posted record multi-year scores, football surpassing the mark of 973 set in 2013. The American Athletic Conference champion women's soccer program, led by head coach Denise Schilte-Brown, posted a record multi-year APR score for the fourth straight year. Rest of article
  14. September 26, 2019 USF first collegiate program with two dedicated 24/7 digital radio channels Get the App LISTEN 24/7, ALL USF, ALL THE TIME Unlimited 1: https://ihr.fm/2O9COBh Unlimited 2: https://ihr.fm/2mYVJSE TAMPA, SEPT. 26, 2019 – Bulls fans will now have an additional, full-time option for USF Athletics content as Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly announced Thursday the launch of Bulls Unlimited 2 on the iHeart Radio app, making USF the first collegiate program with two dedicated 24/7 digital radio channels. Bulls Unlimited 2 debuts Thursday with live play-by-play coverage of the No. 16-ranked USF women's soccer team's conference opener against Tulsa at 7 p.m. from Corbett Stadium. Fans will also be treated to Jim Louk's newest episode of the Archive Room, a look back at the football team's 10-year anniversary of its momentous victory against Florida State. Meanwhile, the USF Football Radio Show with head coach Charlie Strong will stream live on Bulls Unlimited 1. Rest of article
  15. Bulls Rack Up 503 Yards, Roll Past UConn EAST HARTFORD, CONN., OCT. 5, 2019 – Jordan Cronkrite racked up 148 of USF's season-high 313 rushing yards as the Bulls rolled to a 48-22 conference victory at UConn on Saturday.USF (2-3, 1-1 in AAC) generated a season-high total of 503 yards of offense and led from start to finish in its eighth straight victory over the Huskies (1-4, 0-2), dating back to 2012. Saturday marked USF's first 300-yard rushing game since gaining 346 yards on the ground against the Huskies on Oct. 20, 2018.Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan McCloud accounted for four touchdowns in his third straight start. The Tampa native completed 11 of 12 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns on top of rushing for 62 yards and another score from 26 yards out.Making his first-ever USF start in the slot, Bryce Miller (St. Petersburg, Fla.) caught a pair of 12-yard touchdown passes from McCloud. Miller's first TD reception started a string of four straight scoring drives that helped the Bulls build a 27-14 halftime lead.Cronkrite (Miami) registered his first 100-yard rushing game of the season while averaging 7.4 yards per carry. Senior Trevon Sands (Miami) added seven carries for a career-high 64 yards in a performance that included his first-ever touchdown run as a Bull from 5 yards out in the second quarter.USF's defense posted five sacks and allowed just eight points and 94 yards in the second half of another impressive performance as the Huskies were held to 293 yards.Sophomore linebacker Dwayne Boyles (Miami) totaled three of the Bulls' 10 total tackles for loss after USF headed into Saturday tied for third nationally with 9.8 per game. USF also was tied for second in the FBS in turnovers gained and increased its season takeaway total to 14 with a fumble recovery by senior Kirk Livingstone (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).McCloud accounted for three touchdowns (two passing) while USF scored on four straight drives and built a 27-14 lead by the break. McCloud and Cronkrite combined for 105 of USF's 146 rushing yards in a first half that saw the Bulls generate 282 total yards.Miller's second touchdown catch in as many weeks helped spot USF a 7-0 lead when he hauled in McCloud's 12-yard pass with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter. USF's 10-play scoring drive covered 88 yards and included 76 yards on the ground. Sands had a career long 23-yard rush down to the UConn 15 after Cronkrite broke off runs of 17 and 15 yards.Sands' first career touchdown run from 5 yards out capped off USF's next drive, a seven-play sequence that went for 85 yards. Freshman Xavier Weaver (Orlando) set a new career best with a 31-yard reception, followed by junior tight end Jacob Mathis' (Tampa) career long 37-yard catch down to the UConn 5.After UConn cut its deficit in half, Bentlee Sanders (Tampa) dashed down the sideline on a career long 67-yard kickoff return down to the Huskies' 31. Four plays later, Randall St. Felix (Miami) snagged a 13-yard touchdown reception, his first of the season on a back-shoulder throw by McCloud with 4:39 remaining in the half.Less than a minute after UConn's second touchdown, USF snuck in one more score before halftime when McCloud scrambled 26 yards to the end zone with 1:47 to play. McCloud had 51 rushing yards and completed 7 of 11 passes for 136 yards in the first half.McCloud's second touchdown pass to Miller, a 12-yard strike, helped give the Bulls a 34-14 lead with 5:01 remaining in the third quarter. USF passed the 200-yard rushing mark on its third 80-plus yard drive of the game that featured a 19-yard run by McCloud on fourth-and-5 from the UConn 31.Special teams got into the scoring act in the fourth quarter with a trick play. Instead of a field goal attempt, freshman kicker Spencer Shrader (Lithia, Fla.) caught a perfect over-the-back ball flip from holder Trent Schneider (Sydney, Australia) and sprinted 22 yards for a touchdown with 9:07 to play. The 12-play, 89-yard drive marked USF's longest of the season.Backup quarterback Kirk Rygol (Fort Mill, S.C.) capped off the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown pass to DeVontres Dukes (Tampa) in the final minute of the game.Key Stats313 – The Bulls racked up a season-high 313 rushing yards, the program's most since rushing for 346 yard against the Hukies on Oct. 20, 2018.148 – Jordan Cronkrite posted his first 100-yard rushing game of the season with 148 yards on 20 carries.80+ – USF had four scoring drives that covered at least 80 yards each time (88, 85, 80, 89)10 – USF's defense produced 10 tackles for loss. The Bulls headed into Saturday tied for third nationally with 9.8 tackles for loss per game.Notables USF has won eight straight games against UConn, a streak that dates back to 2012. The Bulls have won four straight games in East Hartford, Conn. USF is 16-1 under head coach Charlie Strong when rushing for at least 200 yards in a game. Head coach Charlie Strong is now 17-9 overall in American Athletic Conference games. QuotableHead coach Charlie Strong's thoughts after the win:"I keep saying it – we have a good football team. It's all about them just playing with confidence, coming together and believing in themselves. I told them that we (had) some guys down, but the thing about it is other guys can step up."Strong on the importance of the Bulls getting their running game going:"What we wanted to do is establish the run and we were able to go run the football today.""Teams that win and teams that are successful, you've gotta get a running game going. You can throw for as many yards as you'd like to, but if you can't run the football and you can't score and be physical at the point of attack, you're not gonna win."Up NextUSF returns to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12 to host BYU. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the Bulls' homecoming game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com.
  16. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Release: https://bit.ly/2LlEZxg Bulls Open 2019 In Style with Four-Set Win Over UAB Four Bulls had double-digit kills, as USF combined for 14 blocks MUNCIE, IND., AUG. 30, 2019 – The USF volleyball team began its quest for a second-consecutive postseason appearance with a four-sets victory over UAB to open the Ball State Tournament in Muncie, Ind. (21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-22). After dropping the opening set of 2019, the Bulls (1-0) stormed back to win the final three behind stellar play at the net and efficiency on the offensive end. Four Bulls tallied double-digit kills, while the team had 14 total blocks collectively. Notables Freshman middle blocker Ally Barnhart (Lenexa, Kan.) had 10 kills and four blocks in her collegiate debut. Sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Pliapol (Daytona Beach, Fla.) paced USF with 15 kills. Sophomore setter Lauren LaBeck (Chicago) had 25 assists and 11 digs. Sophomore libero CC Clausen (The Woodlands, Texas) had 25 digs to lead the match, doling out five assists as well. Freshman outside hitter Jac St. Cin (St. Petersburg, Fla.) had 10 kills on just 19 attacks to go along with Key Stats 3 – Bulls that recorded double-doubles. Senior preseason all-conference selection Jac’cara Walker (Gainesville, Fla.) had 12 kills and 12 digs. Pliapol finished with 11 digs and LaBeck had her first double-double of the season as well. .319 – USF’s hitting percentage in the match. .389 – Sophomore right side hitter Peyton Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) had a career best eight kills, hitting .389. Quotables “I’m really proud of the way we bounced back in the final three sets. Ally had a break out effort, both blocking and attacking in her collegiate debut. CC was excellent on defense and in serve reception. I thought we served very tough as a team and that allowed us to transition well on offense. Our setters did very nice job distributing the offense and our right sides both did great scoring points.” – head coach Courtney Draper. Up Next The Bulls are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday against Ball State on ESPN+, wrapping up the Ball State Tournament. Like USF, the Cardinals also appeared in the NIVC last season and opened the day with a 3-0 win over UAB.
  17. USF head coach led Team USA to its ninth Pan America Games gold medal with a 3-1 win over Canada. The squad defeated its friends from the Great White North to reclaim the gold medal after falling short in 2015 to Team Canada. View the full article
  18. By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, AUG. 10, 2019 – Before greeting USF faithful at Fan Fest, head coach Charlie Strong's Bulls made exciting things happen on offense, defense and special teams in the first scrimmage of the fall Saturday morning. New coordinator Kerwin Bell's offense had fun playing fast and putting up points while scoring 10 touchdowns in the 100-plus snap scrimmage that saw the Bulls work in several different situations. USF really shined in the red zone, where six different Bulls scored seven touchdowns on a wide variety of pass patterns and runs. "We're picking it up well," said starting quarterback Blake Barnett of Bell's system that helped Valdosta State lead Division II in scoring last season at 52.0 points per game. "Spring was more of learning, going to the line of scrimmage, think and then play. Now, it's becoming more reactionary. It's becoming second nature to a lot of guys and we can see the improvements." Barnett (Corona, Calif.) has been sharp all camp and showed it Saturday by throwing three touchdown passes. One score was produced in nifty, play-action fashion to Mackey Award candidate Mitchell Wilcox (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) from 11 yards out. Barnett's other TD tosses in the red zone were to junior Jernard Phillips (Miami) and senior Kevin Purlett (Miramar, Fla.), two of eight total Bulls who scored Saturday. "Kerwin has a good system and it allows our guys to get the ball in playmakers' hands," Strong said. Third-year USF coordinator Brian Jean-Mary's defense also put highlight-reel plays on tape, especially the deep secondary that hauled in five interceptions to help the Bulls finish with six takeaways on the day. Full article
  19. TAMPA, AUG. 12, 2019 – Focused, funny and full of juice, Steve Ellis is bringing it all to the field in his first fall camp run with the Bulls as the program's new defensive backs coach. "He comes to practice every day with unbelievable energy," said sophomore defensive back Bentlee Sanders. "That man doesn't stop talking, but it's all positive, it's all uplifting. It just makes us go after it every day." USF's secondary definitely got it during the first scrimmage of the fall Saturday, hauling in five interceptions and hearing Ellis' loud voice of approval as he jumped with excitement. One day later, Ellis was singing and dancing with his group to get them feeling good following the intense scrimmage action. By Monday morning, USF's secondary was swarming once again, especially after Zion Roland (St. Petersburg, Fla.) picked off a pass that caused Ellis to yell his name from across the field. That was before Ellis really amped things up by running up to the defensive line and encouraging each player right before a snap against the offense. A few stops later, Ellis made sure other defensive players on the sideline were hyped up by barking and later shouting, "Throw 'em up!" as he raised his left arm with the "Horns Up" hand symbol. "You never know, he just surprises you," Sanders added. All-out enthusiasm is something Bulls fans will be seeing all season from a coach whose wish has truly been granted. After doing a little bit of everything in 10 seasons at Middle Tennessee State (CB coach, 2009-18/defensive coordinator, 2011-14/recruiting coordinator, 2015-18), Ellis was given an unbelievable opportunity when he joined the USF staff in February. "I always had a dream to work for Charlie Strong," Ellis said. "… I've got to pinch myself every day. Now, it's my job to come to work every day, so he can say, 'I'm glad I hired Steve Ellis.'" Coach Strong has sung Ellis' praises already this fall and it's not surprising. On top of their strong scrimmage showing Saturday, USF's defensive backs have been consistently producing all camp as a collective unit. "The guys are making plays. They're playing instinctively," Ellis said. "The biggest thing for those guys is to play with a mentality and brotherhood that they're showing right now." The secondary's strong, supportive bond is apparent off the field as well, which is exactly what Ellis wants to see. "We spend more time together," said junior cornerback Mike Hampton (Tampa). "On the weekends, we'll go bowling and to movies." Read on
  20. JEAN-MARY GIVES USF DEFENSE A PROMISING PROGRESS REPORT August 07, 2019 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, AUG. 7, 2019 – Third-year USF coordinator Brian Jean-Mary is encouraged by his determined defense for numerous reasons this fall. Through six camp practices (two in full pads), it's been clear that the bigger, stronger and deeper group has the potential to be much improved from last season. "I can honestly say I've been pleased so far with our defense," Jean-Mary said Wednesday. "I think we've addressed some of our major issues, going from last year. I think our run defense is sounder than it was last year. Guys understand where they need to be and they're straining to get there." Once they get to the the ball carrier, the Bulls are making major progress in the stop department. "I think our tackling has been probably the best thing that we've done so far in camp. I know we struggled with missed tackles last year," Jean-Mary said. "We haven't been in a scrimmage yet. We've been in controlled, situational practices, but I really believe we're going to tackle a lot better than we did last year." Last year, USF's defense was just trying to find its footing with seven true or redshirt freshmen gaining starting experience and 10 Bulls overall earning their first-career starts. Jean-Mary also had to do some some lineup shuffling with disruptive edge rusher Greg Reaves (Bradenton, Fla.) having to fill the void in place of injured starting middle linebacker Nico Sawtelle (Jensen Beach, Fla.). "For any defensive coach, they'll tell you depth is a coach's best friend," Jean-Mary said. "When you have interchangeable parts, that's a luxury that a lot of people don't have." Depth is a word both Jean-Mary and head coach Charlie Strong are using in a different way this fall because of the options the Bulls have at numerous positions on defense. With a healthy Sawtelle back at middle linebacker, Reaves has returned to his edge position at defensive end/outside linebacker. Equipped with 25 games of starting experience, senior Kirk Livingstone (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is bringing pressure at defensive end and even making interceptions, like his pretty pick on a screen pass attempt at the end of Wednesday's practice. USF's pass rush could be even more potent with grad transfer Darius Slade entering the mix. Previously at Arizona State, the grad transfer who was a first team all-state selection out of Montclair, N.J., is showing off his athletic ability and intensity in camp. "He's come in and kept his head down and just bought into our system and plays hard," Jean-Mary said. "That's been contagious. You can see other guys kind of gravitating to him and trying to play as hard as he does." The interior of the line also is bringing it with bulked-up juniors Kevin Kegler(Madison, Fla.) and Kelvin Pinkney (Sarasota, Fla.) each making double-digit weight gains since last season. Both players bring a combined total of 15 starts into the season and have played in at least 22 games apiece as Bulls. "We were a little young last year and probably inexperienced," Jean-Mary said. "But this year, we have some guys that are going into their third year in the program and third year as possible starters." Sophomores Rashawn Yates (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) and Tyrone Barber (Venice, Fla.) both gained starting experience at defensive tackle last fall and USF has more talent to utilize on the interior with Blake Green. The junior from Bradenton, Fla., sat out last fall due to NCAA transfer rules upon arriving from Northwest Missouri State but has shown lots of promise since. "He had a big, big spring and we're expecting really big things from him this upcoming season," Livingstone said. Behind the line, Jean-Mary mentioned USF could possibly rotate seven or eight linebackers in some games due to added depth. Learn more about the linebacker options in Tuesday's camp report. "That's a really good number as far as linebackers go," he said. USF isn't hurting for numbers in its secondary that also got deeper this offseason. Junior defensive back KJ Sails (North Carolina transfer) and senior defensive back Devin Studstill (grad student from Notre Dame) are .... Rest of Story
  21. BULLS FLY AROUND IN FULL PADS FOR FIRST TIME THIS FALL August 06, 2019 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, AUG. 6, 2019 – USF took a loud step toward the season opener by putting on full pads for the first time this fall and going full speed ahead in the fifth practice of camp Tuesday morning. "The 3-on-3 drills are probably one of our most competitive drills. We were going back and forth. Guys were going at it," said senior defensive end Greg Reaves (Bradenton, Fla.). "We had a little circle drill, which was pretty fun. It was guys going 1-on-1, man-on-man." Despite the sun scorching the Morsani Complex for most of practice and real feel temperatures reaching the 100's, there didn't seem to be a dip in intensity on both sides of the ball. And with each huge hit during drills, coaches were quick to reward USF's efforts with loud ovations. "I know we've still got some weeks before we get to that first game, but you just like the way they've been working," head coach Charlie Strong said. Full pads or not, Strong noted every practice so far this fall has been physical, which is a credit to the Bulls for the offseason work they put in to get to this point. "Everybody bought in and now we're coming out here and seeing the results of it," said senior receiver Stanley Clerveaux (North Miami, Fla.). Bulls Gearing Up for Big-Time Opponent USF knows there's no time to waste on the practice field or in the film room with a game against a marquee opponent on the horizon. Raymond James Stadium should be rocking when the Bulls open the season in primetime against Big Ten foe Wisconsin on Friday, Aug. 30. The first meeting between the programs since 2014 is set for a 7 p.m. start and will be televised nationally on ESPN. "It's what we signed up for," said starting senior quarterback Blake Barnett (Corona, Calif.). "We want those opportunities to prove what kind of team we can be and that we are." Success in the most anticipated season opener at home in program history would certainly earn the Bulls some national prestige. Wisconsin is tied for 17th in the preseason Coaches Poll and is USF's highest-ranked opponent in a season opener since the Bulls defeated No. 16 Notre Dame on the road in 2011. "I'm ready to show out for that game," said senior tight end Mitchell Wilcox (Tarpon Springs, Fla.). "All of us are." Reserve your seats for USF-Wisconsin online at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls. Reaves Likes Living on the Edge Greg Reaves made a name for himself as a Bull by going from a walk-on to a disruptive defensive end/outside linebacker who led the team with 14.0 tackles for loss in 2017. Last season, the Bradenton, Fla., native had to switch from the role he "fell in love with" to middle linebacker due to USF's injuries and lack of depth at the position. Although he produced a solid average of 9.4 tackles per game in seven starts at middle linebacker, Reaves is happy to be back on the edge this fall. "I've been there for three years, I know that position," he said. "I know the ins and outs, kind of like the back of my hand. It's awesome." Bulls in Better Shape at Linebacker Greg Reaves is happily making a return to his edge position on the defense thanks in part to USF getting proven and healthy senior Nico Sawtelle (Jensen Beach, Fla.) back at middle linebacker. "You miss a player when they make a lot of plays for you," head coach Charlie Strong said. "When you .. Rest of Story
  22. BULLS' FOREIGN TOUR OF CANADA WILL BE 'ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME' EXPERIENCE August 01, 2019 FOREIGN TOUR UPDATES: Be sure to follow USF men's basketball on Twitter @USFMBB for updates during its foreign tour of Canada that takes place Saturday through Friday, Aug. 9. By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, AUG. 1, 2019 – Four months after a postseason championship victory, record-breaking USF men's basketball is eager to face more competition and soak up the sights during its foreign tour of Canada that takes place Saturday through Friday, Aug. 9. "It's a great opportunity for our guys, a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go to two great cities in Montreal and Quebec City," head coach Brian Gregory said. "We'll play four very good teams." USF's first game since defeating DePaul in the 2019 College Basketball Invitational championship is against the University of Quebec 2 p.m. Sunday at Meagher Arena in Montreal. Action continues Monday, Aug. 5 with the Bulls taking on Laval University in a 7 p.m. game at PEPS Arena in Quebec City. "It's a long offseason, so every time we get to go out there and compete, we're just thankful for it," said forward Alexis Yetna, the 2019 American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. "We're excited about playing in Canada." USF will definitely be tested Wednesday, Aug. 7 during a 7 p.m. matchup with Carleton University at Place Bell Arena in Montreal. Carleton has won 14 national championships over the past 17 years and owns an all-time record of 44-31 against NCAA programs. "Canadian basketball is very good," said Gregory, who went on a foreign tour of Canada during his tenure as Dayton's head coach (2003-11). "These guys are usually a little bit older. They are able to practice year-round and they're very, very well-coached." The Bulls wrap up their four-game run Thursday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. against McGill University back at Montreal's Place Bell Arena. "We're just really hoping to go up there and play the best we can," said junior guard/forward Justin Brown of the Bulls, who get 10 summer practices to prepare for the foreign tour. "We've got the same team coming back next year with a few extra pieces." This upcoming season, USF returns all five starters, 92.4 percent of its scoring and 94.6 percent of its rebounding totals from the 2018-19 squad that hoisted the program's first postseason championship trophy since 1990. "Now we've got a core team," said Yetna, who started 34 games last season. "We just keep going forward and it feels good to see the progress from a year to another. We're very excited about having a lot of the team coming back." USF has been deemed a team on rise by numerous college basketball experts after completing the top turnaround in the NCAA last season with a school record 24 victories, 14 more than the Bulls' total in 2017-18. "I think we can definitely take this to the next level," said star junior guard David Collins, the 2019 College Basketball Invitational's Most Valuable Player. "We've just got to take it a day at a time, focus on getting better every day and all those things are going to come." Up-and-Coming Bulls Will Get Valuable Minutes Most of USF's returning starters will be in action during the foreign tour, but expect to see the Bulls' up-and-coming talent on the court often. During USF's press conference this week, Gregory mentioned the staff's plans to give 20-plus minutes each game to players like redshirt sophomore guard Ezacuras Dawson III (Miami), redshirt freshman forward Madut Akec(Bradenton, Fla.), junior forward Mayan Kiir (Bradenton, Fla.), senior forward Antun Maricevic (Zagreb, Croatia) and sophomore guard Rashun Williams(Arlington, Ga.). "It's a great opportunity for our guys, especially some of the guys we're going to be counting on that maybe didn't log in as many minutes, or different things like that," Gregory said. Rideau Update One standout who won't be getting playing time during the foreign tour is Laquincy Rideau. Rest of Story
  23. BULLS ANSWER THE BELL EARLY IN FALL CAMP OPENER August 02, 2019 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, AUG. 2, 2019 – The motivated 2019 Bulls zoomed through the first camp action of the fall Friday and immediately impressed head coach Charlie Strong with their ability to rise to a challenge. With the first practice originally set for 6 p.m., Strong moved up the start time a full nine hours a morning start to make sure the Bulls got some good work in at the Morsani Complex ahead of a rainy afternoon forecast. "It was a really good day of work. Guys moved around. Guys looked good," Strong said. "We've just got to continue to build each and every day because it's going to be a process." USF handled drills and team work with a businesslike approach despite having a partial roster on the field due to class schedules. The freshmen and a handful of veterans also took the field in the early afternoon and finished up drills just ahead of lightning and rain moving into the area. "At the end of the day, it's all about them just realizing they have to improve and where they want to take their game," said Strong of camp as a whole. USF returns 16 starters and 39 lettermen, including starting quarterback Blake Barnett, for Strong's third season with the program. The veterans feel good about the leadership development and the team's overall mindset as the huge season opener against Wisconsin at Raymond James Stadium is quickly approaching. Rest of Story plus Image Gallery
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