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  1. View File 2019 American Athletic Football Media Guide Prepare for the 2019 season with this conference publication. Submitter Brad Submitted 07/28/2019 Category 2019  
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    Prepare for the 2019 season with this conference publication.
  3. TBP 2019 Preseason Football Polls Polling will only be until Tuesday morning to coincide with the American Summer Kickoff and Media Days even next week. Please vote and share with friends and fans.
  4. SATURDAY10.20.18FOOTBALL Tulsa Arkansas Noon Fayetteville, Ark. Live Stats Live Video TV:SEC Network Cincinnati Temple Noon Philadelphia, Pa. Live Stats Live Video TV:ESPNU Houston Navy 3:30 p.m. Annapolis, Md. Live Stats Live Video TV:CBS Sports Network SMU Tulane 3:30 p.m. New Orleans, La. Live Stats Live Video TV:ESPNU Memphis Missouri 4 p.m. Columbia, Mo. Live Stats Live Video TV:SEC Network UCF ECU 7 p.m. Greenville, N.C. Live Stats Live Video TV:ESPN2 UConn USF 7 p.m. Tampa, Fla. Live Stats Live Video TV:CBS Sports Network
  5. GoTigersGo.com Opening statement: "Last week I was extremely proud of our football team, coaches and everyone associated with the program for the response. Being able to go into a conference game on the road and win that game in dominating fashion. With the team Friday and Saturday a lot of my pregame talk, I spent telling them how proud I was of them. Anytime you face adversity everybody is going to talk about what they want to do and the response that they are going to have. But I thought with our football team, their actions for the week leading up to the game were incredible. Every day, every meeting, walkthrough, everything they were asked to do they brought an intensity and focus. I thought it was our best week. We had prior weeks where we had good practices but there was sometimes a letup, just not the intensity that we had last week. I told the team prior to the game how proud I was of them in their preparation. It really made me feel good when you watch them play at the level that they did. I thought it was a complete game in every phase, offense, defense and special teams. Our kids played hard but they played smart and were very efficient in capitalizing on every opportunity that was in front of them. We were able to limit a lot of the mistakes that had shown up the prior week. Our guys really played at a high level. For us moving forward, now we have a new opportunity. It's an opportunity to build off of what we have seen in our own experiences. We have had a football season, going into week 10 now, that there have been some highs and lows. For us moving forward this week, we just played probably one of our best games and now we have an opportunity to build off of the experience of what quality preparation can do for our team. We have an outstanding South Florida football team coming in that is playing at an extremely high level. They are coming off of a bye week so they have a little extra time to prepare and to rest up. But they are also coming off of a really dominating win over a great Navy team that has given them a lot of momentum. We know we have a great challenge in front of us but every person associated with our team is focused on doing what they need to do and all they can do to be 1-0. I'm excited about getting our sixth win this past week and becoming bowl eligible. That is something that every year we are going to focus on. When you go into our team room the top goal is that we want to finish the season as bowl champions. You have to get to six to give yourself that opportunity. Now with three regular season games left we are trying to maximize each and every week to put ourselves in the best position to make this year the best it can possibly be. It all starts this week with being 1-0 and doing everything we can against a great South Florida team." Riley and his leadership… "I think his overall understanding and experience provides confidence in leadership. Riley has done a remarkable job since January when he got here, coming in and trying to be an example. He didn't come in trying to rally the team with his inspirational speeches because nobody would listen. Nobody knew who he was in January. But he came in and he worked. He was 178 pounds when he got here and he worked himself up to 205-210 pounds. That doesn't come easy. He came in and learned an offense and a system with another group of guys that had been here, but they were also learning the new system. They got to see his understanding and the work that he put into it. That example provided an opportunity to lead and I think with each week that goes by and everything that he does on the field, guys now listen. It's not that they weren't listening, but when he says something now, you better listen. Because this is a guy that's earned it and is continuing to earn it with his actions. That's the biggest thing. We talked last week about Anthony Miller after the Tulsa game. He had a heck of a game. He let everybody know that it wasn't good enough and what we're doing moving forward. We all have to be accountable to each other. He then came out and practiced his tail off. Even at a higher level than what he had been, which is pretty remarkable. Guys see that. That is what leadership is all about." Jake and his praise on and off the field… "Jake's done a remarkable job all season, he's very consistent with the job that he's done on his kickoffs. Everyone talks about his field goals. That's the easy way to point out success because he has been very consistent. I think he's a leader on our kickoff coverage unit. The way that he locates the ball, he is almost 80 percent on touchbacks this year. Even when he doesn't kick a touchback, he has great hang-time and location on his kicks. Our guys believe in him, that's why we have the number one kick-off recovering team in the country. A lot because of his leadership. I think every award that he gets recognized for, every performance where he showcases, he's earned it. His preparation is as good as any specialist I have ever been around. I can see the work that he puts in on and off the field." The challenges of facing USF's offense "They are an explosive football team at really every position. They're big up front on the offensive line. They do a nice job at quarterback. He's a very dynamic player. He can throw it and he can run. You can't just focus on one running back because they've got multiple running backs that are all big time players. They can score from anywhere on the field. It's going to be a great challenge for us. We talk about preparation. We're going to need it every day, every second this week leading up to this game. Our guys are excited about it. This is going to be a championship level opponent and championship level atmosphere. Then to be able to do it here at home, our guys are excited about getting back out at the Liberty Bowl and working to defend the home turf. Last time we were out there, we didn't execute at a level we knew we were capable of." More from Tigers official site: Tigers Football Preview: USF Memphis, USF have two of nation's top scoring offenses. MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The scoreboard operator at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium may be a busy person Saturday when Memphis and USF meet in an American Athletic Conference football showdown. Game time is 6 p.m. (CT), and ESPNU is televising the match-up. Saturday's clash features two of the nation's top scoring offenses. USF leads The American and is ninth nationally in scoring at 43.4 points (391 total points), and Memphis is 19th nationally and third in the league at 38.9 points (350). It's a challenge head coach Mike Norvell and his Tigers are well aware of. "They are an explosive football team at every position," Norvell said. "They can score from anywhere on the field. It's going to be a great challenge for us. Our guys are excited about it. This is going to be a championship-level opponent and a championship-level atmosphere Saturday. Rest of Story
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  7. Link to video: http://gotigersgo.com/watch/?Archive=2027 Comments (partial): Opening Statement…. "We are getting ready to go on the road to South Florida and play a fantastic football team this Friday. They had two weeks to prepare for us. They are big and athletic and well accomplished on defense. They have added new coordinators and will present a challenge. They are athletic at quarterback and incredibly dynamic at tailback. They are playing a tough schedule obviously playing Florida State and Maryland. They had last week off so they have had enough time to prepare for us. We played them last year at the Liberty Bowl and it was a very close game. I would expect that it will be the same this year." Fuente comments on the defense….. "I think there are a couple of things you can kind of ask your team from looking at it. First of all, for the past two weeks, we have not liked what we have done defensively until the last five minutes of the game. This is a question you bring up to the kids, when your backs are truly against the wall, we seem to respond quite well. So what is the difference between that and the normal flow of the game? "Second, I do not think it is anything you can point your finger to. We have to play better across the board. We have to get to the passer and rush the passer better. We must do a better job on coverage we give receivers. We have played good teams that are better throwing the ball but we have to play better across the board. I think we will and I think part of the challenge is that we have all these new starters out there. How do we progress and stay healthy so we can see progress? Can we improve throughout the year as those guys playing for the first or starting for the first progress throughout the season? Do we improve and that is our biggest challenge. "I like the way our kids handled it last night (at practice). We had a very spirited practice and the kids did a great job. I think they have embraced the concept of trying to improve". On if there is a problem with communication in the secondary ... "I do not know if we have a communication issue. I just think a lot of it was forced. The tempo which Bowling Green's offense plays can cause communication issues. Is that an issue? Absolutely. Is it because they are going fast or do we just not know how to talk? It is a combination of both in my opinion. If I had to make a list of all the things we need to improve on I do not think communication would be Number One". About the team's fourth-quarter play ... "This is the type of question we ask the kids. I am not really positive but I like it. I love the intensity and urgency in which we play. I speak to their character, toughness, and them buying into the program to make those plays at the end. It is something to learn from our urgency and that is something I believe in. I cannot look into their minds, and it gets to the point if you do not do this then you will not win. We have been taking those steps these past two weeks. Hopefully, we will have that type of mindset on a regular, more frequent basis". Link
  8. From USF's Jim Louk's archive of Bulls history: A Look Back at J.R. Reed's Big DayThe voice of USF Athletics routinely puts down his radio headset and picks up the pen to share his perspective on the history of USF Athletics. Louk has been broadcasting games for 31 years and is the resident historian in the Athletics Department hallways. By JIM LOUK Voice of the USF Bulls TAMPA, MAY 12, 2014 - There have now been exactly 201 USF Football games, and after that much time, it ought to be pretty difficult to choose the greatest ever individual performance by a Bull. But it really isn’t. 2003 was a memorable year for USF as it marked the official beginning of football conference affiliation. After going 9-2 the previous year and being left out of the bowl picture as a conference independent, the Bulls were delighted to join Conference USA in 2003. It had, however, been a year of ups and downs. On the last week of the season, USF traveled to Memphis with a 6-4 record and a 4-3 mark in the conference. They had shut out Army on the road and also had won three double-overtime games, but losses to UAB and Southern Miss were disappointments. In addition, a scheduling change had forced the Bulls into two 1-AA games (Charleston Southern and Nicholls State), so only four of the six wins were against 1-A teams. Even beating Memphis for a seventh overall win wouldn’t get USF to a bowl. J.R. Reed, preparing to play his last game as a Bull, had no difficulty finding motivation on that final day of the season. “We had a great senior class and we needed to go out on the right note,” Reed recalls. “Our motivation was to win.” Lee Roy Selmon, Jr. started at nose tackle for the Bulls that day. “All season long our mindset was to prove we belonged in C-USA,” Selmon recalled. “This was a game of character; our last game, in a hostile environment. It was very memorable, very emotional. Our chance to set our stance in C-USA.” It was Thanksgiving weekend; USF spent the holiday in Memphis in preparation for the game. The Tigers, at 8-3 on the season, were assured of postseason play. It was a beautiful day; clear and 46 degrees at kickoff. Nearly 48,000 Memphis fans came to see their team get their sixth C-USA win of the year. Instead, they got a full dose of J.R. Reed. Reed was a senior that year. He was a local kid, from Hillsborough High, and by that day in Memphis he had long been established as a key member of the Bulls' defensive secondary. But, he’d never had a game like he’d have on Nov. 29, 2003. No Bull has, for that matter. For Reed, finishing his Bulls career on the road had an unusual twist. He had family, a lot of family, in the stands and that included some family members he had never met before. By the time he got to say hello to them for the first time after the game, his best day as a Bull was in the record books. Things didn’t start very well for USF that day. Memphis quarterback Danny Wimprine threw a 36-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter, and the Bulls went to the half down, 7-0. USF was outgained 237 yards to 135 in the first two quarters. Reed shows up just once in the first half stat sheet. In the second quarter, he picked off a Wimprine pass, ending a drive on the USF 21-yard line. But the second half! That’s another story. “We were frustrated with how we were playing. I remember Huey Whittaker in particular standing up and speaking at halftime,” Reed says. “He told the offense they would start with the ball in the second half and they had to be ready. I thought to myself, the offense isn’t going to get the ball.” And, they wouldn’t, at least not right away. Memphis’s halftime lead lasted exactly 15 seconds in to the third quarter. That’s how long it took Reed to run 96 yards with the second half opening kickoff. “I told myself plenty of times ‘I’m running this all the way back’", Reed says. "This time it worked out.” There was no great secret to the Reed kickoff return for touchdown. “I had great blocking and I ran as fast as I could.” “We knew special teams play was a key in this game,” said Selmon. “We could win with special teams. That play set the tone for the rest of the game.” So that’s one interception and one touchdown. And Reed was only getting started. A Memphis field goal gave the Tigers a 10-7 lead and after a USF punt, Memphis had the ball again. Starting at its 40, Memphis opened with a run by Darron Parquet. But USF’s Stephen Nicholas stripped the ball, and Reed picked it up at the 45 and ran it in with 8:13 left in the third quarter. That’s two touchdowns, a fumble recovery, and an interception. And we’re not done yet. With the Bulls up 14-10, the teams traded punts until late in the third quarter. Then, with 2:52 to go, Wimprine was intercepted at the Memphis 40. You can imagine by who. Two touchdowns, a fumble recovery, and two interceptions. To the fourth quarter we go, with the Bulls up 14-10. Thanks to the good field position from Reed’s second interception, the Bulls were able to score on a short DeJuan Green run on the first play of the fourth quarter. 21-10 Bulls. Later in the quarter, following a USF fumble, Memphis started with the ball on the USF 17-yard line. On the second play of the drive, Wimprine went back to pass, and threw it in the end zone. To J.R. Reed. Two touchdowns, a fumble recovery, and three interceptions. “That’s the interception that stands out to me,” says Reed. “They were in the red zone. I knew I could go up over the receiver and get it, but I was concerned about coming down in bounds.” Memphis did score a late touchdown, but the Bulls left with a 21-16 win. In addition to all the big plays, Reed also had seven tackles and three passes defensed. As anticipated, the game turned out to be the last of the 2003 season for USF, and the last for J.R. Reed in a Bulls uniform. A year later, he was returning kicks for the Philadelphia Eagles, and he played parts of four NFL seasons until the effects from a serious off-the-field injury curtailed his career. “He was a guy a lot of the team gravitated to,” said Selmon of Reed. “Even as a freshman he had an edge that said, ‘We are here to win.’ A remarkable guy on and off the field.” There was something about last games of the season for Reed. A year earlier, he concluded the 2002 season with a three interception game at Houston. But, he outdid even that on a cool afternoon in Memphis a year later. “I focused on one play at a time that day," recalls Reed. “Had to, it was a close game. I didn’t even know my stats until after I was back in Tampa.” 201 games. There are certainly enough great performances in that time for arguments and debate. Looking back, it would have been an even better story if Reed’s big game had led the Bulls to a bowl game. It would have been better if it came at home, so more USF fans could have seen it as it unfolded. But over a decade later, for many longtime Bulls fans, it remains the greatest individual game ever played by a man wearing the Green and Gold. GO BULLS!
  9. Let’s get to know the new conference mates and each other. Bulls fans and other fans in the “American” are invited to post on each of the teams to include information on the university, its athletic programs (especially football this time of year), what to do in town for a road game, etc. Or, in some cases, reminisce about previous match-ups or times spent together in a previous conference. The intent is to build fun and informative threads that help us get coached up on new conference mates. Please reserve the impulse to mud sling for other threads as the season nears. Everyone is invited to contribute. If you know a fan of one of the other AAC schools, please invite them. Thanks, Brad, aka Bulliever
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