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Mike White Granted Release to Transfer; What’s Next for USF at QB?

The big news from Tampa yesterday was that Mike White, once thought to be the favorite to start at quarterback in 2015, is going to transfer from USF and finish out his college career elsewhere. White, a junior, had started 15 games over his two seasons as a Bull, and has been in what appears to be a wide-open, three-man quarterback competition with fellow junior Steven Bench and...
Via AAC Football Fever
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Bulls QB Competition Heating Up

Early reports from USF spring football practice in Tampa is that the quarterback competition still remains wide open, and it appears that the top three contenders, junior Mike White, senior Steven Bench and sophomore Quinton Flowers, have all taken a liking to the new, up-tempo system. The key, however, is that head coach Willie Taggert sees his quarterbacks embracing the competition...
Via AAC Football Fever
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Offseason To-Do List: USF Bulls

After a an abysmal two-win season in 2013, there wasn’t much else the South Florida Bulls and head coach Willie Taggert could do but go up in 2014. They responded with a rather lackluster four-win year, and despite some excitement around the program’s recent recruiting classes, Taggert’s staff has yet to see it translate to wins on the field. So, what’s next for USF? In...
Via AAC Football Fever
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bearcats: The Good, Bad and Ugly from Week 9

The Cincinnati Bearcats head into Week 10 with a 4-3 record (2-1 AAC), back above the .500 mark after book-ending a historically bad three-game losing streak with a 2-0 start and two wins in the last two weeks. Along the way there have been plenty of peaks and valleys on the field, and when you throw in a recent run of negative off-the-field news, it certainly has been a roller-coaster...
Via AAC Football Fever
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Official Preview: USF Bulls vs. NC State Wolfpack

Last week was a bit of a surprise for both the USF Bulls and Maryland Terrapins. Double-digit favorites, the vaunted Terps passing attack was supposed to walk all over the Bulls. Instead, it was the Bulls with the lead entering the fourth quarter. Ultimately, they couldn’t hold on, but it did offer some encouragement for the young defense. The offense on the other hand? That...
Via AAC Football Fever
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

What We Learned: USF vs. Maryland

Disclaimer: This isn’t going to be a standard “here’s what happened” recap. Anyone on the internet can do one of them and they’re all fairly boring. Instead, I plan to give a brief overview on what happened and then try to figure out just what we learned from what we saw. In a game where they entered as heavy underdogs, the USF Bulls actually looked like they might pull...
Via AAC Football Fever
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

USF determined to not stumble in another opener

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) One year later, the bitter disappointment of losing their season opener to a Football Championship Subdivision team lingers in the minds of the South Florida Bulls. Players say it serves as motivation in the weight room and on the practice field every day, a constant reminder that there's no room for complacency. Not that winning two games in their first year under...
Via AP on Fox
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

USF names sophomore Mike White starting QB

South Florida has named sophomore Mike White as its starting quarterback. White was competing with junior Steven Bench, a Penn State transfer, freshman Quinton Flowers and walk-on Evan Wilson. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound White threw for 1,083 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions in six games last season. He had an up-and-down season as a true freshman, but had the best...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Know the Badgers foe: South Florida

  This is the fourth in a 12-week Friday series looking at the Wisconsin football team's 2014 opponents. South Florida hasn't produced a winning record since 2010, so that should be the initial baseline for Wisconsin football fans' expectations for the teams' Sept. 27 game at Camp Randall Stadium. While the Bulls have gone 10-26 the past three seasons, the Badgers have gone 28-13...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Badger Opposition Research: 2014 USF post-spring edition

After looking at Big Ten newcomer Rutgers yesterday, it’s time to go back to the non-conference schedule and look at the final opponent outside of the Big Ten — South Florida (a.k.a. USF). Wisconsin and the Bulls have never met before, and that shouldn’t be surprising given the fact that USF has only been playing FBS football since the 2001 season. Head coach Willie Taggart...
Via Madtown Badgers
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

QB Michael O’Connor among January enrollees for Penn State

Penn State officially added five players to the program on Monday with five players enrolling in classes at Penn State for the spring semester. Among them was quarterback Michael O'Connor, who had put his early enrolling plans on hold following the coaching change at Penn State. After meeting with new head coach James Franklin, O'Connor must have felt comfortable enough to stick...
Via Nittany Lions Den
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Willie Taggart Brings Out Young Fan To Call A Play During USF Spring Practice

USF football had some fun at spring practice today when head coach Willie Taggart invited a young Bulls fan out to call a play during a team drill. Taggart goes the full-nine yards, putting a head-set on his new “assistant coach”, having him give a call to junior quarterback Steven Bench, and lifted him up to get a good view of the play he had just called in.  Good job by Coach...
Via College Spun
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

QB Michael O'Connor among January enrollees for Penn State

Penn State officially added five players to the program on Monday with five players enrolling in classes at Penn State for the spring semester. Among them was quarterback Michael O'Connor, who had put his early enrolling plans on hold following the coaching change at Penn State. After meeting with new head coach James Franklin, O'Connor must have felt comfortable enough to stick...
Via Nittany Lions Den
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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