College Football Preview: The 2014 South Florida Bulls
South Florida looks for more scoring punch in 2014.
2014 College Football Preview
The South Florida Bulls look for bigger things in Willie Taggart's second season as head man.
Overview: In 2013 South Florida couldn't score and the defense would go flat without notice which resulted in a two win campaign (and how they beat Cincinnati is beyond me). Having said that, Willie Taggart knows a little about rebuilding (see Western Kentucky) so have faith Bulls fans.
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Offense: Freshman Mike White emerged from a short battle with two others to take the starting job at quarterback and went on to throw for nearly 1,100 yards at 53% with three scores and nine picks. Not good but a year of experience under the gun has hopefully prepared him a little better for 2014 if Taggart names him the starter which is no guarantee. Andre Davis (49-735) is the star of the receiving corps but overall four of the top five receivers are back and each is a three of four star recruit. Darius Tice (35-141) is the only runner returning with more the 100 yards but again there are some highly rated recruits that could step up. The O-Line gets everybody back which hopefully means more room for the running backs and better protection in the passing game.
Defense: The defense had a few meltdowns but in the scope of things they were not bad at all. This season looks much different with many of the playmakers gone. The defensive line returns two of the top seven which equates to 43 TFL. USF has many high recruits in this area and plenty of size as well. The Bulls are loaded at linebacker and if the D-Line finds a few bodies the front seven could be solid again. The secondary also lost four of their top seven and once again their are highly ranked recruits waiting in the wings. If a few of these three and four star players emerge things won't be bad at all.
Special Teams: Mattias Ciabatti averaged 40 yards on 73 boots and PK Marvin Kloss 18-23 on FG including 11-18 from over 40 yards. Chris Dunkley is a solid KR but kick coverage needs to improve.
Outlook: I would think the offense improves and the defense has the potential to be reasonably good if everything falls in to place. Perhaps we see more winning but surely not enough to make the rest of the AAC worry.