BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Just one question, where did the summer time go?
Okay, maybe one more question, can you believe that college football is about to start?
Some of the questions to be answer will unfold as the fall turns into winter but is the University of South Florida and the Bulls new football coach Willie Taggart ready for the answer.
The Bulls open up the 2013 college football season under the lights this Saturday night, August 31, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. against McNeese State University.
Got anther question, so what is the football fan that follow the Bulls football program expecting?
The expectations of the Bulls fans are the same as Taggart!
The first thing is expected is some entertaining and very competitive football being played on the football field, a respectable effort by the Bulls and second thing but most important, fans are expecting wins, a lot of win and a pretty good bowl invitation.
Taggart said, at the 2013 American Athletic Conference Media Day press conference at the Viking Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island that he is expecting wins and that the players are learning about accountability.
“I think every game on our schedule is winnable,” Taggart said. “But we’ve got to go out and take care of business ourselves.”
The conference media association and the coaches polls are predicting a long season for the Bulls. In the conference, the Bulls are picked to finish eighth and Louisville is the favorite to win the conference championship.
The Bulls come into the 2013 with basically a clean slate, a new coach with new assistants, no quarterback with any experience, a couple of running back with limited experience, some competitive receivers but with an unproven quarterback throwing the ball-it will be difficult to move the ball through the air.
The Bulls special team will also be a clean slate with a new punter and a new place-kicker and the return person will be challenged because of the limited experience.
The Bulls defense will need to answer some questions too, like can they intercept more than two passes during the season and can they help the offense with points or great field position?
It is true. that the strength of this football team is the defense but the question remains, is that enough?
The Bulls defense will be lead by the Devekeyan “DeDe” Lattimore at the middle linebacker position.
Lattimore is a red shirt senior and is nominated for the Dick Butkus Trophy, the award given to the best linebacker in college football.
Many of the followers in the American Athletic Conference have written and also have said that the Bulls defensive line is expected to play well and help Lattimore and the linebackers.
Strong play and a formable rush from the defensive line will also help the defensive backfield in pass coverage and perhaps create more than two interceptions.
Taggart and his new Defensive Coordinator, Chuck Bresnahan are looking for quickness off the snap, controlling the line of scrimmage and forcing turnovers and to do that the Bulls defense will have to play with discipline.
Taggart said that Bresnahan is the right man for the job of defensive coordinator for the Bulls and is glad that he is in camp.
“This is the guy I’ve been looking for,” Taggart said at the Vero Beach Sports Village.
Last season, Bresnahan worked for the Super Bowl Champions San Francisco 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh.
Harbaugh spoke highly about Bresnahan to Taggart and that led to the new job for Bresnahan.
“Coach B brings so much NFL terminology to the table, so that just makes us want to play harder,” Bulls linebacker Reshard Cliett said about playing under the watchful eyes of Bresnahan. “Everybody wants to go to the NFL and that experience is so helpful.”
“It’s really been fun. Getting to work with these kids is kind of a breath of fresh air,” Bresnahan said.
So the wind of change will be blowing into Raymond James Stadium this Saturday night.
Taggart and the fans of University of South Florida football is hoping for a fair breeze that will serve to shed some light on the answers to the questions that remain for the rest of the 2013 football season.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.