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DATE: April 16, 2016

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White Team Wins Exciting USF Spring Game

Bulls combine to post nearly 700 yards in front of 4,418 fans

 

TAMPA, APRIL 16, 2016 – Nearly 5,000 fans headed to campus for USF’s spring game celebration that included a lot of fireworks on the field at Corbett Stadium.

 

After the Bulls Block Party outside the stadium, Tyre McCants hauled in two touchdown passes and Bruce Hector racked up two sacks and three tackles for loss to lead the White team to a 32-19 victory over the Green team in the spring game.

 

Starting quarterback Quinton Flowers looked sharp, as he has all spring, completing 15 of 22 passes for 129 yards for the White. His 20-yard pass to McCants started the scoring in the first quarter.

 

Two Emilio Nadelman field goals from 27 and 30 yards out, plus a 2-yard touchdown run by Trevon Sands padded the White team’s lead to 20-0 by the second quarter. Sands, a freshman running back from Miami, gained 57 yards on 16 carries, while White team member senior Darius Tice led all rushers with 80 yards on 14 attempts.

 

Star tailback Marlon Mack had eight carries for 37 yards and got the Green team on the scoreboard with a 23-yard touchdown grab from Adam Robleswith 4:02 remaining in the half. The Green team went for a two-point conversion, but Mazzi Wilkinsstepped in front of a pass and sprinted to the end zone to give the White team a 22-6 halftime lead.

 

Nadelman nailed his third field goal from 28 yards out to spot the White team a 25-6 lead with 3:24 to go in the third quarter. The Green team answered back in a big way with Rodney Adams’ 65-yard touchdown catch on a pass from Asiantii Woulardless than two minutes later. Adams led all receivers with four catches for 91 yards.

 

Brett Kean continued his impressive spring with a 38-yard touchdown pass to McCants that pumped up the White team lead to 32-12 early in the fourth quarter. Kean completed 10 of 16 passes for 95 yards. Both White team quarterbacks got a great performance from receiver A.J. Legree, who led his squad with seven catches for 73 yards.

 

The Green team capped off the scoring with Woulard’s 4-yard touchdown run with 7:08remaining. Woulard got the Green team to the red zone by connecting with Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a 52-yard strike. Valdes-Scantling, a transfer from NC State, caught four passes for 72 yards.

 

“The beauty of our offense is any one of those guys can touch it at any time,” Taggart said. “I think that’s why those guys like playing in it because they all know that they can get the ball every time we go out and snap the ball.”

 

Both teams racked up nearly 700 yards of offense, but members of the “Bull Sharks” defense made plays for both squads. Sophomore safety and Green team member Khalid McGee posted a game-high 10 tackles. Green team cornerback Ronnie Hoggins, the team’s freshman of the year in 2015, returned an interception 19 yards.

 

Starting middle linebacker Auggie Sanchezshowed his progression in coverage by intercepting a pair of passes for the White team. Redshirt freshman safety and White team memberJaymon Thomas also picked off a pass, while Daniel Awoleke helped the White team total five sacks.

 

USF will continue its tradition of treating the winning team to steak dinner after an exciting game that fortunately didn’t have any injuries.

 

“It’s fun to get out there to play with the guys and just kind of get a feel for an in-game situation. It was fun and it’s always good to win,” Sanchez said.

 

Both squads felt the energy from a fan base that filled the stands and surrounded the action on the berms at Corbett Stadium. Taggart had a big smile on his face after seeing a crowd of 4,418 support the Bulls before the entire group headed outside the stadium for an autograph session and postgame concert by The Daniel Sprouse Band.

 

“We put ourselves in that position,” said Sanchez of the support after a bowl appearance. “We made them come out and believe in something USF is doing and believe in USF football. We hope it keeps growing and that was a big turnout for just the spring game. We hope when the season comes it’s 60 times as many people.”

 

Winston Attends Spring Game

USF was happy to have a superstar supporter on the sidelines for the spring game. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston headed to campus to support close friend LaDarrius Jackson, a sophomore defensive end who made two tackles for the White team.

 

“Coach Taggart is doing an amazing job out here, so I’m supporting him as well,” said Winston, who was rocking a green USF shirt.

 

Winston has now been to USF for numerous sporting events and Taggart is happy to have a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback in the Bulls’ corner.

 

“It was great to have a Buccaneer here to support the Bulls. It’s all about the Bay, baby,” 

Taggart said.

 

Alumni

Winston spent time on the sidelines with Bucs teammate and USF record-breaking receiverAndre Davis, who was one of many former Bulls back on campus.

 

USF’s annual alumni flag football game was once again a fan favorite and it capped off an alumni weekend that included special events at Westin Tampa Harbour Island and Ferg’s Live. Following the flag football game, Taggart made sure to thank the entire group for coming out and encouraged former Bulls to come back to campus anytime.

 

“Those guys that came here today were really the ones that started this here at USF,” Taggart said. “Those guys are the ones that really started this and I want them back around here, so our players will realize that and understand that.”

 

Season Tickets On Sale Now

Taggart’s Bulls continue to build momentum after a trip to the Miami Beach Bowl and fans can be a part of the next step for the program. Season tickets for 2016 can be purchased at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-GoBulls.

 

“That giant that we’ve talked about can wake up, but it’s not going to wake up unless we get this entire fan base, this entire community behind this football team,” Taggart said.

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Just read an article on ESPN that Ohio State beat their own record for their spring game attendance.. 100,189 showed to watch their scrimmage...we had less than 5,000 and played on a soccer field... oh the huge differences that exist between the successful haves and the have nots..

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4 minutes ago, USFBulls12 said:

Just read an article on ESPN that Ohio State beat their own record for their spring game attendance.. 100,189 showed to watch their scrimmage...we had less than 5,000 and played on a soccer field... oh the huge differences that exist between the successful haves and the have nots..

The sad part is that it would have likely been less if we played at RayJay.  

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So...at 4,418 fans - which I assume was accurately measured by the latest in satellite technology and imagery analysis - is that about what we used to get at RayJ? I think that, for the spring game, the soccer stadium is a great venue, especially the option to sit on the grass hillsides. I gotta admit, the more intimate setting does look better than the cavernous empty seating at RayJ and associated distance from the field.

 

On a semi-related though-not-that-much topic, I picked up three 'schedule posters'. I know full well that this is going to sound uber nit-picky, but I just gotta ask: was that thing whipped up earlier that morning? I have a couple of the old real poster-sized schedules framed (player & coach autographed first year in CUSA & BE). I may have been out of the poster loop for some time , but do we still do the full-size poster schedules? 

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6 hours ago, USFBulls12 said:

Just read an article on ESPN that Ohio State beat their own record for their spring game attendance.. 100,189 showed to watch their scrimmage...we had less than 5,000 and played on a soccer field... oh the huge differences that exist between the successful haves and the have nots..

:facepalm:

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7 hours ago, CPR said:

Or maybe we shouldn't compare our school to arguably the top football school in the country and compare it to the top 40-65 teams in the country where we belong? A crap load of haves won't compare to Ohio freakin State.

That's where we BELONG? I'll disagree with you every day of the week. We DESERVE better we BELONG at the top. Statements like what you've said are the reason why bottom feeders have tough times feeling like they deserve better. Have confidence, have faith, don't settle. Yes let's keep ourselves always in check and keep comparing ourselves to mediocrity so we can always be sure to feel special when we beat Ball State...is that where we're at? Just saying..

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We DESERVE better we BELONG at the top.

Hmmm...maybe we ought to finish at the top of the Eastern Division of the AAC, with aspirations of attending and perhaps winning a (a, single, one, first ever) conference championship before 'deserving' a spot at the top of the football pyramid. Here's coach Smalley's take...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ldAQ6Rh5ZI&ebc=ANyPxKr7w3-yRTkXQGy6Qf25Na1efKEnubu3TgtSuDYfirB9fkKVjpYHpai4fTLp9_OL6XDnOd-t

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