Brad Posted March 9, 2014 Group: Admin Topic Count: 12,937 Content Count: 92,102 Reputation: 8,495 Days Won: 398 Joined: 05/19/2000 Share Posted March 9, 2014 Bulls Have Big Shoes to Fill at Defensive End By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, MARCH 8, 2014 â€“ The Bulls have some big shoes to fill after the departure of a ton of talent at the defensive end position. Gone are names that USF fans have grown accustomed to cheering for â€“ Ryne Giddins, Julius Forte, Aaron Lynch and Tevin Mims â€“ and now itâ€™s up to a new crop of ends to produce, especially this spring when coaches are watching and waiting for Bulls to step up. â€œIâ€™m seeing guys that havenâ€™t played a lot of football, so the more football they play now the better theyâ€™re going to get,â€ head coach Willie Taggart said. â€œTheyâ€™re in there trying to compete, theyâ€™re trying to learn the defense and I think theyâ€™ll get better with time. We just have to keep trying to do that every day; we canâ€™t take a step back.â€ Fortunately for the Bulls, they have more than a few numbers to choose from and part of the group now includes a versatile veteran. Senior Elkino Watson has played in 35 games as a Bull at tackle since appearing in 12 as a true freshman in 2011 and the 6-foot-2, 289-pounder has been getting reps at the end position. â€œHeâ€™s an athletic kid,â€ defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan said. â€œHeâ€™s got the versatility, heâ€™s got the ability. Now I donâ€™t see him as a third-down defensive end, heâ€™s a guy weâ€™d move back in as an inside technique or an inside pass rusher on third down. But on first and second down heâ€™s stout enough, heâ€™s athletic enough and heâ€™s versatile enough to play end or tackle for us.â€ Junior Eric Lee has been a popular name mentioned by coaches this spring and the Daphne, Ala., native provides the Bulls with some experience with five starts and 22 games of action under his belt. â€œComing in as a true freshman I had to get adjusted quickly,â€ he said. Rest of Story Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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