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USF RBs: Lockette ready for high expectations

One more position breakdown to wrap up the series, and we close with running backs coach Telly Lockette, who joined Willie Taggart's staff from prep powerhouse Miami Central after Larry Scott left to go to the University of Miami. Lockette will help the Bulls with strong recruiting ties in Miami, but he also has a good history at the position, having starred at running back at Miami Northwestern and cultivated college talents at that position throughout his high school coaching days.

Lockette has a tough act to follow in Taggart offenses -- every year going back to Taggart's Stanford days with Toby Gerhart, his leading rusher has gained at least 1,500 yards, including two seasons by Bobby Rainey at Western Kentucky and Antonio Andrews there last year. USF, on the other hand, hasn't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Andre Hall in 2006, and none of the Bulls' current backs have experience as a go-to college runner.

"The expectation on the run game is going to be very high. It's what Coach Taggart has built his legacy on," Lockette said. "We're going to put a lot of emphasis on our guys that, as well as rushing the ball, they have to be able to protect the quarterback."

Link to full report, plenty more: www.tampabay.com/blogs/bulls/usf-rbs-lockette-ready-for-high-expectations/2135709

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Should be interesting to see how this position progresses throughout the year. Perhaps a diamond in the rough is amongst us and needs the Taggart touch.

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