BROOKSVILLE, Fla. —- Uncle Mel and the University of South Florida football fans are feeling like your pal’s old friend Ocala Oscar would say describing watching the Bulls’ play “we are all feeling lower than a gator’s belly,” after looking at last Saturday night’s painful bus ride at Raymond James Stadium and watching that accident that took place out on the gridiron.
The University of South Florida football team should’ve been full of confidence because, the Bulls had a chance to win Saturday night but at the end of the game, the scoreboard reflected the lost 28-10, to another program trying to find themselves, Florida Atlantic University in front of 33,792 disappointed Bulls fans.
The Owls came into the game Saturday night with a struggling offense that was averaging just 9.5 points a game, 266 yards of total offense but walked onto the field against the Bulls and tighten up their chin straps, played with heart, they forced turnovers for points and the result the Owls went back home with their first victory of the season.
For first year, University of South Florida football coach Willie Taggart, he is beginning to feel the frustration, while he continues to find any kind of consistency and confidence from his offense.
“I told our guys this week we’re looking for playmakers,” Taggart said. Your old uncle Mel was told that there will be a some kind of secret scrimmage this week somewhere close to the campus of the University of South Florida to find a playmaker.
Taggart is also looking for the offense to eliminate the amount of turnovers-they are killing the season.
Any kind of turn over does not help the defense, the special team, the band or the offense, especially the ones that turn into instant touchdown.
The three quarterback for the Bulls, Matt Floyd, Bobby Eveld and Steven Bench have appeared and played in at least one of the first three games for the Bulls and they have all turn the ball over that have went the distance-the other way for touchdowns.
“We’ve seen each one of these guys in game action and each one has done different things for us,” Taggart said. “We’ll see which one is the best one for us prepare him to be the guy to help us win some ballgames.”
Now nieces and nephews, it is a fact that the quarterbacks that suit up and play for the Bulls have little or no experience and Taggart is respecting that fact but there does come a time when the play of the quarterback falls on the person playing the position.
Nobody that follows the Bulls is expecting Joe Montana, Aaron Rogers or Joe Flacco to walk on the turf inside Raymond James Stadium and lead the Bulls into greener pasture.
What an average Joe or anybody else that is following the Bulls is expecting from the quarterback position, is the excitement of watching a Bull receiver catching a pass for a touchdown or the thrill of watching a scoring drive be conducted by a quarterback, it would be like watching a conductor of a symphony-smooth and a work of art.
With just 3:36, left to play in the first quarter, the atmosphere inside Raymond James Stadium was noticeably different after Bulls’ fullback Ryan Eppes caught a pass thrown by Bench and rumbled 25-yards for the touchdown and gave the Bulls a brief 10-7 lead.
The music, the excitement and the buzz raced through out the stadium and then suddenly the jubilation was replaced by the groans of agony, wiping away the tears and looking for the car in the parking lot.
Thankfully, this is a bye week for the Bulls and Taggart will be burning the midnight oil looking at plenty of tape searching for a playmaker.
The football fans that follow the Bulls and Uncle Mel will take the opportunity this bye week by resting the emotion of disappointment of the first three games.
We all believe or at least some of us are hoping that Taggart will find a playmaker, a quarterback and get the Bulls ready for a tough Miami University and replace this low-down feeling with the feeling of joy-by just winning.
The Hurricanes will play the Bulls, Saturday September 28, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium, all of the festivities are scheduled to kick off at noon.
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.