Archive for May, 2014

From the AAC – The divisions were announced today during the league’s annual meeting. The CEO’s of the conference voted unanimously for the two divisions which will begin in 2015, with the first conference championship beginning that year.

Here are the two divisions:

2015 American Athletic Conference Football
East Division West Division
UCF Houston
Cincinnati Memphis
UConn Navy
East Carolina SMU
USF Tulane
Temple Tulsa

So what does it all mean? For starters, the East has several strong teams in it including ECU, Cincinnati and UCF. The West, at least on paper, is not as strong at the top with Houston and Navy being the two powers that most people will pick out (although don’t sleep on Tulsa). USF will have a tough time in the East division with several quality teams standing in their way.

However, at the end of the day, it honestly doesn’t matter which division has the better teams, it comes down to one simple thing for USF: WIN. I’ve heard a lot of people critiquing the power imbalance between the east and the west but that shouldn’t matter to USF at this point. Let’s worry about having a winning season in football and basketball before worrying about who has the stronger division.

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Jake Kaufman appeared in two games last season. He missed the spring due to off-season knee surgery. (more…)

I just wanted to mark this post as a historic one for my little blog, it is number 250. I just wanted to stop and say thank you to all those who read the blog daily. I do the blog for fun because it gives me a platform to rant and rave about all things USF. I’m truly grateful that the Green and Gold faithful that stop and read my rants throughout the week.

Now, here is what is coming up on the blog in the following months. I’ll break it down sport by sport.  (more…)

Austin Reiter returns for his final season as a Bull in 2014. With two straight years of starting experience, Reiter is the anchor of the offensive line and looks to lead the unit as they try to improve off of a bad 2013 season. (more…)

Mike McFarland emerged last season as a big target in the passing game. With another year under his belt and a more consistent passing game in 2014, McFarland should see better numbers in his final season in Tampa. (more…)

Jordan Duval caught his first two career passes last season and will try to add on to that total in his final season as a Bull.  (more…)

Per a report from Corey Bender of Scout.com, redshirt sophomore running back Willie Davis has decided to transfer.

The 5’9″ 213 lb. running back out of Lithonia, GA had 39 carries for 139 yards last season, he also had 7 receptions for 51 yards. Davis’s biggest run was a monster 16-yard run against Uconn that got the Bulls off of their own goal line and kept that drive alive (one of our two wins last year).  Davis pretty much carried half of the UConn defense on his back during that carry. Davis showed flashes of power last season, but saw varying playing time behind Marcus Shaw and Darius Tice as the year went on.

With Davis leaving (per the report), that leaves the Bulls with another inexperienced backfield entering the 2014 season. Sophomore Darius Tice returns as the leading rusher from the 2013 season with 35 carries for 141 yards.

How big of a loss is this? It’s hard to say at this stage. On paper, it does take away a running back with some experience (leaving the returning experience thin), but moving forward into the 2014 season, the Bulls will have a very loaded backfield with several backs pushing for playing time. Darius Tice, Sta’fon McCray, Michael Pierre along with incoming freshman Marlon Mack and D’Ernest Johnson gives the Bulls a loaded backfield heading into the fall, making carries scarce. Davis was part of the team during the spring, but was absent later towards the end of the spring practices. This could be when he made his decision.

I’ve found it odd that Davis has not been listed on the 2014 USF football roster for some time, although it could have been a website/clerical issue. If the report is true, it would explain why he hasn’t been listed.

Update: Joey Knight confirmed that Willie Davis is leaving the program.