BROOKSVILLE, Fla. —- Now all your old buddy, Uncle Mel is trying to say is, that all the University of South Florida needed against Michigan State University was just a couple of little things to go right and the Bulls would have left Michigan State University in a cloud of dust with a victory.
Instead the mistakes that were made, were costly and the Bulls left the historic Spartan Stadium with a 21-6 lost to Michigan State University and leaving East Lansing, Michigan still trying to obtain their first win of the season.
During last week of practice getting ready for the Spartans, University of South Florida football coach Willie Taggart said he would be watching film, evaluating players and putting the right players in the right position to make the Bulls successful on the field.
Taggart also wanted an honest effort from his players, he did not or would not tolerate any body giving up and or quitting.
The effort against the Spartans was good, the players did not quit and if the Bulls would’ve had any kind of stability from the their quarterback position or punt return-then the game could’ve had a different ending for the Bulls.
The season is now two weeks old but the Bulls have been practicing since August 5, 2013 getting ready for the season but the Bulls Offensive Coordinator Walt Wells, Quarterback coach Nick Sheridan or Taggart can not be satisfied with play of Matt Floyd or Bobby Eveld.
At the end of the first game against McNeese State University, Taggart description of the play of Floyd is that he was surprised about the poor play by the Bulls’ quarterback.
Floyd performance against the Cowboys could have been better, he threw the ball 20 times completing nine for 72 yards but he also threw two interceptions and the offense did not look in sync and Floyd looked uncomfortable.
After the lost at Michigan State, Taggart did not rest the blame of the woeful offense on Eveld performance, he spread the blame around like peanut butter on toast.
“That 6-of-25 wasn’t just Bobby, the pressure on the quarterback had a lot to do with it,” Taggart said. “We just didn’t get it done offensively. We had plenty of opportunities offensively, we just did not take advantage of those opportunities. We had dropped balls and when we did move the ball we had false starts. You’ve got to take advantage of opportunities.”
The first game of the season against McNeese State University, Eveld came off the bench in the third quarter and seemed to have a command of the offense, earning the start against the Spartans.
Yes nieces and nephews, it is true that Eveld threw the ball 11 times and completed just six passes for a grand total of 66 yards, he also fumble the ball that led to the Spartans scoring the first touchdown of the day but later he threw an interception that found it’s way back to the end zone giving the Spartans another touchdown.
Eveld could not escape the Spartans rush either he was sacked three times, 11 quarterback hurries and five passes that were broken up.
With all of that inopportunity on offense, the Bulls did manage to score six points in the second quarter as place kicker Marvin Kloss hit two field goals, the first kick traveled 49 yards and the second kick went 20 yards through the overcast sky that surrounded Spartan Stadium.
Uncle Mel does not claim to know a lot about football but he does know that field position can help the offense and turning those opportunities that Taggart talks about into points.
Your old uncle also been told by some football coaches that special team play like punt return can help motivate your offense and the rest of the squad.
The Bulls’ defense did hold the Spartans offense to just 265 yards and forcing Michigan State University to punt the ball seven times giving Bulls’ punt return specialist Kenneth Durden an opportunity.
Durden return three punts for 20 yards, his longest return of the day 19 yards, his decision making ability contributed to the bad field position for the Bulls.
Taggart said Monday that the Bulls continue to improve and are getting better.
Uncle Mel and Bulls football fans are hoping that includes Durden!
The Bulls return home this Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium and still looking for their first victory of the 2013 season and Taggart is hoping to see improvement from the offense against Florida Atlantic University.
The kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and Taggart and Uncle Mel will be looking for the Bulls to do a couple of the little things right and maybe that will be just enough to place a victory in the win column in the overall standings.
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.