State of the Union
Frustrated. Embarrassed. Angry. I don’t even know where to begin, let alone verbalize my emotions about the Bulls performance in 2012. Here are the two words I felt resonated with me the most. Stunned: Stunned that a team with 20+ returning seniors & 15+ returning starters is apparently spending afternoons staring at butterflies. Disheartened: Disheartened that this is Skip’s junior campaign & the only thing he’s proved is South Florida hasn’t been disciplined since Levitt was forced out. Contract extensions & raises post 5-7 substantiated by a 2-3 start in 2012…? Anyone else not seeing the “big picture”? Five games into the 2012 season the Bulls sit at a lackluster 2-3… Anyone smell a 5-7 repeat?
Let’s Talk Blunders
Bulls fans were outraged by Matt Floyd’s 3rd quarter fumble Saturday, but most fans missed what led to the blind side hit turned TD. South Florida OT #76 Darrell Williams decided to use blinders to avoid FSU’s 6’5 DE #91 Cornellius Carradine despite Carradine’s 4-point attack mode stance. Williams’ post-snap hesitation left him unable to recover, setting the table for Floyds’ blindside strip & Christian Jones coasting in for an easy 6 points.
A Positive Reprieve
On the flipside, Kayvon Webster was named to ESPN’s ‘Big East Honor Roll’ after posting 12 tackles, 2 TFL & 2 pass break ups in the Bulls 30-17 loss to the ‘Noles. BJ Daniels was also named to the ‘Big East Honor Roll’ after completing 17/33 for 143 yards & only giving up 1 interception to the #5 Florida State defense.
True Freshman LB #51 Tashon Whitehurst came up with a big punt block for the Bulls in the 3rd quarter. Holtz noticed Whitehurst last year in Gainesville while watching CB #4 Chris Bivins. Both Bivins & Whitehurst are expected to be impact players for the Bulls defense for the next few years.
Temple: Coaching Staff on the Hot Seat
The Bulls travel to Temple this Saturday for their second Big East game of 2012. If the Bulls do not put the Owls down in dominant fashion heads better roll on the coaching staff. It’s not acceptable for a team of South Florida’s caliber to continue to underperform & play with no remnants of discipline week in & week out. Should Skip be fired? Todd Fitch? Leave comments & vote on the poll. Final Score: Bulls 35-10.
by Matthew Manuri
Publisher & Editor, SoFloBulls.com | @Mcknurkle
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