TAMPA, Fla. —- Your old Uncle Mel is thinking, well now, so far, the 2013 football season at the University of South Florida and coach Willie Taggart is not unfolding like a Oscar winning Hollywood script instead it is looking more like a heaping pile of a hot mess.
The overall record of 0-4, is unpleasant enough but now with the beginning of the American Athletic Conference portion of the schedule opening up this Saturday night, October 5, 2013 under the light of Raymond James Stadium against the University of Cincinnati, the Bulls are getting ready and need to put all of that unhappiness behind them and concentrate on making conference opponents nervous.
“We understand the value of a conference game,” Bulls’ senior defensive end Julius Forte said. “The game prior were all important but this dictates what happens throughout the rest of the season. We’re focused on this game and we plan on making good things happen.”
“It’s a new season for us and it’s a chance for us to go out and turn the season around,” Bulls’ wide receiver Andre Davis said.
You know, nieces and nephews Uncle Mel says you have to keep searching for the silver-lining and for Taggart and the Bulls it is not too difficult to see the shinning potential of this team and appreciate some of the many good things that have happened this season to this team.
We all remember, the first offensive play of the 2013 season, an 80-yard run for a touchdown for the Bulls, the fact that this football team is proving to Taggart and the Bulls football fans that this team will not quit on the field or on other team mates and by making opponents feel like they have been in a football game with a team that does have a defense that will punish a ball carrier-just ask Miami University’s quarterback Stephen Morris.
Morris is claiming that the Bulls’ defense players play dirty, just because he had to come out of the game last Saturday afternoon in the middle of the second quarter and watch the rest of the game sitting on the bench while his team, the Hurricanes proceeded with a 49-21, victory against the Bulls.
“South Florida’s a dirty team to say the least,” Morris said. “When you’re down and tackled and everything and everyone is on top, they’re going for your ankles and everything. We were up three, four touchdowns. Ain’t no point for me to mess with these guys who are going to play dirty.”
“It is what it is, I wanted to score 70 points on them,” Morris said. “They disrespected us, so I had no respect for them. So at that point, I felt like we should just keep pushing it , keep killing them!”
Taggart said Monday morning during the weekly conference call, he reviewed the tape and did not see anything that looked suspicious.
“I watched the entire game and I didn’t see that not one bit,” Taggart said. “If anyone can show me where a guy did anything dirty, I would really like to see it because we don’t teach that and that is not our football team. I wanted to make sure that wasn’t happening here because that is not what we’re about here.”
It must make Taggart quietly proud to know that his players that play defense hit so hard that other teams and players need to complain.
A bright glimmer in the white sand, is that the Bulls have a quality running back and with good play from the offense line that the rushing game for the University of South Florida is something that is delightfully unfolding every game.
Thanks to Marcus Shaw, he is providing excitement for the fans in their seats and for Taggart standing on the sideline.
Shaw’s 127 yards against Miami University last Saturday afternoon has propelled him into being the 10the best rusher in the nation with averaging 131.3 yards per game.
“Marcus is one of the good things that’s going on for us,” Taggart said.
The quarterback play of Steven Bench will need to be better and he needs to feel comfortable to play with confidence, can you find that after only one start and a couple of appearances?
Only time will show and tell the results for Bench but Taggart and the football fans that follow the Bulls can not give up on this program or on Bench.
Taggart and the Bulls are hoping that the tough lesions they have learned from the first four games of the season will make the Bulls a smarter group on the field.
The losses are tough but this season is not over and the losses can serve as an educational tool for Taggart.
Bulls football fans knows what it is like to lose games so let hope that the Bulls take what they have learned from those defeats and create new memories – like how it feels to win football games.
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.